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– 2012 Honda CB1000RA
2012 Honda CB1000RA Review
It’s naked aggression in a user-friendly, fun-to-ride package. That’s the outrageous Honda CB1000RA, a bike that’s as much fun to look at as it is to ride.
With a stunning blend of snarling, take-no-prisoners attitude and easy everyday rideability, the CB1000RA feels perfectly at home cruising city streets or snaking through twisty backroads. Packing the punch of a litre-class superbike, its CBR-derived fuel-injected 998 cc inline-four engine features enhanced low-to-midrange torque for extra oomph in the tight quarters of the city, while retaining effortless passing power on the open road. This muscular engine hogs the spotlight, with only the barest of bodywork and frame blocking your view of it. Although the aluminum mono-backbone frame is visually hardly even there, it’s plenty capable of harnessing all that horsepower. The roomy seating position created by the minimalist chassis delivers excellent rider comfort, making the CB1000RA quite capable of weekend or even week-long adventures, solo or two-up. Plus, standard Combined Braking System with ABS lets you ride with confidence even when the road surface is less than ideal.
The stunning CB1000R packs exhilarating litre-class Super Sports performance into a compact and muscular-looking form that looks fast even standing still. It delivers breathtaking acceleration, light, responsive handling and invigorating thrills at every twist of its throttle. This is combined with smooth, easy control and nimble handling that’s just as enjoyable along winding roads as it is on city streets.
Last year the CB1000R was refreshed and updated with a new thicker aluminium handlebar and a new LED position light. In 2012 a brand new Mat Cynos Gray Metallic colour version further enhances its image as one of the most exciting and well designed Performance Naked machines on the road.
Think of a fighter, standing in the ring. Boots, trunks, gloves—and plenty of muscle. That’s the Honda CB1000R, a machine that offers Superbike performance, a comfortable, do-it-all riding position, and sense of style that’s off the charts.
The formula is simple: We built a special chassis that puts the 998cc engine out front and center, and lets you sit more upright. The result is one of the most versatile open-class bikes the world has ever seen, as comfortable on a long trip as it is confident on the boulevard. When you need one bike that can do it all, and do it exceedingly well, the CB1000R is the machine you want in your corner.
Soul of a Superbike
The CB1000R is built around a superbike-strong 998cc DOHC inline-four engine that’s perfect for street riding, with plenty of torque and power on tap. Since it’s a four cylinder, it’s plenty smooth for longer rides too.
Ripped, and Ready to Show It
When you’re as muscular as the CB1000R you want to show the world. It’d be a shame to cover up that awesome engine, so we’ve put it out front and center so you and everyone else can enjoy it. Then our designers gave the CB1000R just enough styling touches (side radiator shrouds, fork-mounted cowl fairing, cast aluminum four-spoke wheels) to really set it apart. Get used to everyone else checking it out.
The CB1000R offers exceptional handling, thanks to a Gravity Die Cast mono-backbone aluminum chassis that’s light and strong. A fully adjustable inverted fork and adjustable Pro-Link® rear suspension with a single-sided swing arm further refine the handling package.
2012 Honda CB1000RA Key Features
Engine / Drivetrain
Compact and lightweight 998cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine with Honda’s PGM-FI electronic fuel injection is tuned for dynamic low-to-midrange performance, with a smoothly linear climb up through the powerband to a thrilling top-end rush..
The engine’s enhanced low-end torque allows you to pull away from a stop at less than 2,000 rpm without fear of engine stalling..
An impressive power-to-weight ratio gives the CB1000RA Superbike-like performance in a user-friendly package..
Magnesium cylinder-head and alternator covers reduce engine weight..
The PGM-FI system incorporates an Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) to smooth responses to small changes in throttle position..
A hydraulically operated clutch ensures smooth clutch operation with an easy pull at the lever..
Low-slung stainless-steel exhaust system produces an exhilarating sound, while also being a key element in the CB1000RA’s optimized mass centralization. By concentrating most of its mass directly under the engine, the system promotes quicker steering response and enhanced cornering clearance.
Chassis / Suspension
Wide 17-inch wheels feature an eye-catching swept four-spoke design and carry supersport-class radial tires..
The adjustable 43 mm inverted front fork and cast-aluminum Pro-Arm swingarm with single adjustable HMAS (Honda Multi-Action System) allow you to set the ride just the way you like it..
Lightweight 310 mm floating front rotors with triple-piston calipers combine with a 256 mm dual-piston caliper rear brake to create a powerful stopping force..
Combined Braking System with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) gives you extra peace of mind in all braking situations..
The CB1000RA looks and feels more like a midsize sportbike, thanks to its compact dimensions and easy reach to both the ground and its controls. Its ergonomics locate the rider closer to the steering head for a riding position that shifts the balance of weight slightly forward onto the front tire, achieving a greater feeling of crisply responsive control..
Thick aluminum handlebar adds to the CB1000RA’s aggressive naked-bike look.
Unique front light array features a triangular multi-reflector headlight integrated into a compact cowl, and a seven-bulb LED position light..
Fully digital instrument panel provides three large LCD readouts. The tachometer features an instant multi-segment readout of engine speed, displayed in a wide, sweeping bar that extends across the top of the display..
The short, slim seat and sleek, upswept tail cowl take their design cues from the CBR1000RRA and Honda’s RC212V MotoGP race bike. The seat is roomy and tapers towards the front, integrating smoothly with the side covers for a compact profile and a comfortable riding position..
The tail cowl is supported by a strong and rigid cast aluminum rail. It provides ample room for a passenger and integrates a distinctive LED taillight.
2012 Honda CB1000RA Features and Benefits
– New Mat Cynos Gray Metallic version.
– Thick aluminium handlebar for enhanced look and feel.
– Unique front light array features a triangular multi-reflector headlight integrated into a compact bikini cowl, and a 7-bulb LED position light.
– Compact, lightweight 998cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected inline-4 engine is tuned for dynamic low-to midrange performance.
– Magnesium cylinder head and ACG covers reduce engine weight.
– Angular, ‘mass forward’ design is emphasised by a short compact tail and positions rider forward for a sporty ride.
– Advanced gravity die-cast aluminium Mono-Backbone frame contributes to agile, sporty handling.
– Semi-underslung stainless steel exhaust system lowers centre of gravity and adds to light, responsive handling as well as delivering an exhilarating sound.
– Attractive 17″ wheels feature eye-catching swept 4-spoke design.
– Swift-handling, fully adjustable 43mm inverted front fork and cast aluminium Monoshock Pro-Arm swingarm contribute to precise control.
– Wide, high-performance Super Sports-class radial tyres deliver responsive high-speed cornering control.
– Lightweight 310mm floating front disc brakes with radial-mount 4-piston calipers and 256mm dual-piston caliper rear disc brake create a powerful stopping force.
– Combined-ABS version features 3-piston front brake calipers and advanced Antilock Brake System for extra assurance in all braking situations.
The CB1000R has a compact and dynamic form with a distinctive ‘mass-forward’ orientation that projects a ‘ready to pounce’ image. Its frontal design is characterised by a compact bikini cowl surrounding a brilliant three-corner shaped multi-reflector headlight. Underneath, a distinctive LED position lamp gives it an unmistakable presence on the road. For 2011 this has been updated from a 5-bulb to a 7-bulb layout. Behind the cowl a high-tech, fully digital meter panel provides three large LCD readouts of all operating information. The tachometer features an instant multi-segment readout of engine speed, displayed in a wide, sweeping bar that extends across the top of the display.
The short, slim seat and tail cowl take obvious design cues from the CBR1000RR Fireblade and the powerful RC212V MotoGP racer. The seat is roomy and tapers towards the front, integrating smoothly with the side covers for a compact profile and comfortable riding position. The sleek, upswept tail cowl, supported by a strong and rigid cast aluminium rail, provides room for a passenger and integrates an attention-getting LED tail-light.
The lightweight form is matched by sharply sculpted bodywork. Mechanical parts like its magnesium head and ACG covers and natural finish aluminium pivot plates create a high-tech look of purposeful performance, accentuated by the eye-catching array of nickel-plated bolts that surround the engine’s side covers. Stylish 17″ swept 4-spoke wheels place a strong accent on the CB1000R’s exciting performance potential.
Remarkably, the CB1000R looks and feels more like a compact mid-sized sportsbike than the full-bodied litre-class performer it really is. Its compact dimensions and easy reach to both the ground and its controls are outstanding in this class of Naked road machines. Its form locates the rider closer to the steering head for a riding position that shifts the CB1000R’s balance of weight slightly forward onto its front tyre, achieving a greater feeling of crisply responsive control.
For 2012, the CB1000R comes in three colour versions that emphasise its mix of cool urban style and powerful performance. These include a stunning new Mat Cynos Gray Metallic version.
– Mat Cynos Gray Metallic
– Pearl Cool White
The CB1000R features a compact 998cm3 liquid-cooled fuel-injected inline-four engine originally derived from the World Superbike Championship-winning 2007 CBR1000RR Fireblade. It is tuned to deliver sharp acceleration and full-bodied torque from the lower reaches of its rev range as well as breathtaking and smoothly linear power further up the powerband. Features such as an IACV (intake air control valve) keep excessive torque reaction and jerky low-speed performance to a minimum, ensuring smooth, enjoyable operation. The light-action hydraulic clutch takes full advantage of the engine’s strong low-end torque and can be engaged at engine speeds of less than 2,000rpm without fear of engine stalling. The combination of optimised power-to-weight ratio and a wide powerband means that the CB1000R is capable of dynamic and satisfying thrusts of acceleration from anywhere in its powerband.
Optimised mass centralisation is key to the CB1000R’s quick, neutral handling, and is greatly enhanced by a low-slung system that concentrates most of its weight directly under the engine.
This results in significantly quicker response to steering inputs. The exhaust design also allows maximum cornering clearance It includes a built-in oxygen sensor and 300-cell catalyser element that combine with the engine’s advanced fuel injection system to ensure low emissions while maintaining strong and smooth performance.
The CB1000R is built on a Mono-Backbone gravity die-cast (GDC) aluminium frame that holds the engine as a stressed member in a rigid diamond configuration. Strong, rigid and lightweight it adds to the motorcycle’s sharp, smooth handling and instant response to changes of direction.
The overall design places a strong emphasis on optimal mass centralisation. Heavier components, notably the engine, main frame sections and exhaust system, are positioned as close as possible to the machine’s rolling centre of mass while those sections located farther away from its centre are designed to be as lightweight as possible.
Like the CBR1000RR Fireblade, the CB1000R features a sturdy and responsive 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type front fork that delivers superbly responsive handling through tight corners. Providing 120mm of smoothly damped wheel travel, its fork tubes are also fully adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping, allowing customised control over riding performance. At the rear, an adjustable Monoshock damper and single-sided cast aluminium Pro-Arm swingarm provide 128mm of smoothly damped travel for assured handling balanced with compliant comfort.
Super Sports-class wheels, tyres and brakes enhance the bike’s agile control and easy handling. The standard version combines a pair of radial-mount four-piston front calipers with a compact dual-piston caliper slowing a 256mm disc at the rear, creating smooth, responsive braking control. The CB1000R is also available in a Combined-ABS configuration that couples the balanced braking control of a Combined Brake System with the extra reassurance of an ABS.
Honda Access Europe has created an extensive range of accessories, specially designed to match the stunning styling and performance of the CB1000R. These include:
– An Averto alarm kit
– Stylish titanium-look accessories including:
– A side cover set
– An undertray kit
– A meter visor kit
– An oil filter cover kit
– A radiator shroud kit
– A rear brake air guide kit
– Colour-matched clutch cover ornament kits
– Colour-matched crankcase cover ornament sets
– Colour-matched seat cowls
– Wheel sticker sets
– A crankcase ring set
– A matt black meter visor kit
– A matt black radiator shroud kit
– A carbon-fibre hugger
– A carbon-fibre swingarm protector
– A carbon-fibre front mudguard
– Colour coordinated Alcantara rider and passenger seats
– 3D CB1000R logo sets
– A magnetic tankbag
– A cargo net
– A maintenance stand
– A U-lock
– Indoor and outdoor motorcycle covers
– A fuel filler pad kit
– Heated grips
2012 Honda CB1000RA – American Specifications
USD MSRP Price – NA USD
Engine Type 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke 75mm x 56.5mm
Induction PGM-FI Fuel injection with automatic enrichment circuit and 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio 11.2:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Transmission Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive #530 0-ring chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.0 inches travel
Rear Suspension Single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.0 inches travel
Front Brake Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
Rear Brake Single 256mm disc
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17 radial
Rake 25.0 degrees (caster angle)
Trail 99mm (3.9 inches)
Wheelbase 56.9 inches
Seat Height 32.1 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve
Miles Per Gallon 37 MPG – Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Curb Weight 485 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel – ready to ride)
Model Id CB1000R
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors: Matte Gray Metallic
Note Specifications subject to change without notice.
2012 Honda CB1000RA – Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price – $13,999 CDN
Engine Type Liquid-cooled inline-four
Displacement 998 cc
Bore & Stroke 75 mm x 56.5 mm
Compression ratio 11.2:1
Valve train Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Final Drive #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Front suspension 43 mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with full adjustability; 120 mm (4.7 in.) travel
Rear suspension Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm with HMAS single shock with preload and rebound damping adjustment; 128 mm (5.0 in.) travel
Tires 120/70ZR – 17 radial front; 180/55ZR-17 radial rear
Brakes Front dual 310 mm discs with triple-piston calipers; rear single 256 mm disc with dual-piston caliper. Combined Braking System with ABS
Ground Clearance n/a
Seat Height 825 mm (32.5 in.)
Wheelbase 1,445 mm (56.9 in.)
Curb weight 222 kg (489 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Colour Mat Cynos Grey
Warranty 1 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2012 Honda NC700XA – European Specifications
EU MSRP Price – TBA
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
Bore x Stroke 75 x 56.5mm
Compression Ratio 11.2: 1
Max. Power Output 92kW/10,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 99Nm/7,750min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1,200min-1
Oil Capacity 3.6litres
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 36mm
Aircleaner Dry, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 17litres (including 4-litre LCD-indicated reserve)
Fuel Consumption 17km/l (48 mpg – WMTC Mode*)
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 5° BTDC (idle) ~ 50° BTDC (10000min-1)
Sparkplug Type NGK: IMR9E-9HES (NGK); VUH27ES (DENSO)
Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH
ACG Output 340W
Headlight 12V, 55W x 1 (low)/60W x 1 (high)
Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Clutch Operation Hydraulic
Transmission Type 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1.604 (77/48)
Gear Ratios 1 2.538 (33/13)
2 1.941 (33/17)
3 1.579 (30/19)
4 1.363 (30/22)
5 1.217 (28/23)
6 1.115 (29/26)
Final Reduction 2.750 (44/16)
Final Drive #530 O-ring sealed chain
Type Mono-backbone; cast aluminium
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,105 x 805 x 1,095mm
Caster Angle 25°
Turning Radius 2.8m
Seat Height 825mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight 217kg (F: 106kg; R: 111kg), *222kg (F: 108kg; R: 114kg)
Max. Carrying Capacity 188kg
Loaded Weight 405kg, *410kg
Type Front 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm cushion stroke
Rear Monoshock with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 128mm axle travel
Type Front Hollow-section 4-spoke cast aluminium
Rear U-section 4-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.5
Rear 17M/C x MT5.5
Tyre Size Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Tyre Pressure Front 250kPa
Rear 290kPa (with passenger: 290kPa)
Type Front 310 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 4-piston (**Combined 3-piston) calipers, floating rotors (**ABS) and sintered metal pads
Rear 256 x 5mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston caliper (**ABS) and sintered metal pads
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
* Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
** ABS version
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.