2023 Honda CB1000R Guide

2023 Honda CB1000R
Contents: ReviewKey FeaturesFeatures & BenefitsSpecifications

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Contents: ReviewKey FeaturesFeatures & BenefitsSpecifications


Introducing the 2023 Honda CB1000R…

A streetfighter is a modern sportbike with abundant raw horsepower, minimal bodywork, and plenty of attitude. That describes our Honda CB1000R Black Edition perfectly. Nothing gets between you and the pure essentials of the riding experience. Its high-revving liter-class four-cylinder engine is specially tuned for midrange and top-end power. The seating position is a little more open and relaxed than most pure sportbikes. And its graphic treatment is as powerful as its engine: black on black, understated yet elegant, and touched with some machined highlights. Modern touches include features like a digital instrument display, under-seat USB port, and a quick shifter. Are you ready to ride this awesome beast? We thought so.

Neo Sports Café has evolved. Starting with the CB1000R; completely restyled, from the sleek headlight, to the newly redesigned aluminium subframe, with an individual and aggressive character. And for an even more hand-crafted look, the CB1000R Black Edition is the epitome of style through its individual design.

The flagship of Honda’s Neo Sports Café shows off a sleekly aggressive stance highlighting the unique motorcycling proposition it represents. Its four-cylinder engine delivers a smooth rush of torque and is matched to a sharp-handling chassis with spec. that includes full Showa suspension and four-piston, radial-mount front brakes. The colour TFT instrument display connects the rider to their smartphone via Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, and there’s a USB charging socket under the seat. Alongside the standard CB1000R, the Black Edition is exactly that: accessorised with fly screen, pillion seat cover and quickshifter it is as blacked-out as a motorcycle can be – now wearing just the hint of a silver tank accent stripe – with just the merest hint of aluminium on show.

Motorcycling has seen many shifts in riders’ expectations of their bikes – what they do, how they look and how they make them feel – over the last decade. And Honda has never been afraid to apply its technology, engineering and ‘what if…?’ imagination to create motorcycles that inhabit new spaces in the marketplace.

The CB1000R is one such bike. Introduced through a major model change in 2018, Honda’s development engineers re-assessed the hard-core streetfighter underpinnings of the previous model and, steered by retro-industrial minimalism, stripped everything back. The resulting machine, born under the banner of ‘Neo Sports Café’, was a new fusion of sport naked and bare-boned Café Racer inspiration.

It stood out from the crowd by moving away from the standard super sports-derived big naked formula, melding exhilarating function to a form that offered a radically fresh, visually stunning two-wheeled aesthetic. Combining more with less, the reborn CB1000R gave its rider a huge amount of usable engine performance, with the control of a super sports machine.

Exciting to ride, and fully capable of chasing much more focused machinery down on a twisting back road, from whichever way it’s approached – aesthetics, emotions, performance or technology – the CB1000R has proved itself a hard motorcycle to ignore.

Mechanically unchanged for 2023, two new colours schemes, one for the standard model and one for The Black Edition both of which feature a jet black aluminium rear sub frame, complement the CB1000R’s hard-edged minimalism.

The CB1000R’s lines are aggressive, forward-set with shrink-wrapped details like the exposed aluminium subframe, radiator shrouds and airbox covers, flowing in holistic, dynamic harmony. The headlight, too, slants back while intricately crafted wheels add to the engineering prowess on display.

In 2021, the engine received revised PGM-FI settings, smoothing power delivery, and EURO5 compliance. The full colour TFT instrument display offers Honda Smartphone Voice Control System, linking the rider to their smartphone function, and there’s also a USB charging socket under the seat.

For 23YM the CB1000R will be available in new Bordeaux Red Metallic.




2023 Honda CB1000R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Take a closer look at the impressive details of the new CB1000R. A unique blend of Sport Naked and minimalist Café Racer styling that’s hard to ignore.

Artistry in aluminium
The burnished aluminium radiator shrouds have been made more compact, and forward facing, a design cue mirrored by the minimal subframe.

Honda CB1000R, 5-inch TFT screen with Honda Smartphone Voice Control System
5-inch TFT screen with Honda Smartphone Voice Control system
For easy management of navigation, calls, messages and music while you’re riding (available with Android™ devices only).

Honda CB1000R, Exhilarating inline four-cylinder engine
Exhilarating inline four-cylinder engine
Puts out peak power of 107kW @ 10,500rpm and 104Nm torque, with smoothed throttle response for an exciting rush of acceleration.

Throttle By Wire (TBW) control
TBW delivers three default riding modes, STANDARD, RAIN and SPORT, plus 3-level USER customisation of Engine Power, Engine Braking and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

Full Showa suspension
The adjustable Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) forks offer high quality control, while the rear shock adjusts for preload and rebound damping and operates through a single-sided swingarm.

Stopping power
Dual, 310mm floating front discs are worked by radial-mount 4-piston calipers; along with ABS, they provide incredible braking force and feel, when you need it in all riding conditions.

Shaped for sound
The 4-2-1 exhaust system closely cradles the engine; above 5,500rpm it emits a deep, raw tone to match the exhilarating acceleration as power builds.

Full beam ahead
All lighting is LED; the first thing you’ll notice is the redesigned headlight with its aluminium bezel and sleek profile.

The essence of motorcycling.

Now even more stylish and aggressively muscular, just a quick glance and you catch the burnished metal finishes that reflect the tradition of a hard-charging Café Racer.

Stripped back to bare essentials, this roadster is built for the pure pleasure of riding. The feeling, sensation and sound draw you in to a world of exhilarating, dynamic forward motion. And, after a ride, endless engineering details surrounding that four-cylinder engine build into a unique motorcycle form, holding your attention for hours.


New 2023 colours for CB1000R, CMX500 Rebel and Monkey

  • The CB1000R Black Edition is now also available in Mat Jeans Blue Metallic
  • New Bordeaux Red Metallic for CB1000R itself
  • The CMX500 Rebel line-up features a new Titanium Metallic ‘S’ Edition and three new colours
  • New colours for the Monkey pay homage to the classic original of the 1960s

Three of Honda’s most visually distinctive models receive updates for their 2023 year model iterations. A new CB1000R Black Edition joins the Neo Sports Café family line up; the CMX500 Rebel, Europe’s most popular model in the custom category for the last two years, receives a complete new range of contemporary colours and the ‘S’ Edition is available in a new dynamic colour. The delightful Monkey receives colour updates that pay homage to the classic designs of the 1960s.

A new Mat Jeans Blue Metallic CB1000R ‘Black Edition’ joins the existing Black Edition version at the head of Honda’s Neo Sports Café family. Both colours feature a new silver accent on the tank to match the carefully selected machined aluminium details on the wheel spokes, swingarm plates, engine covers and handlebar clamps. The sleek and aggressive final look is completed with the colour matched pillion seat cover. The standard CB1000R also features a new look for 2023, available in a classy new Bordeaux Red Metallic paint scheme.

The CMX500 Rebel, Honda’s A2 licence-friendly 500cc parallel twin-cylinder compact cruiser, has been Europe’s best-selling model in the custom category for two years. Accessible, easy to ride and easy to live with, the Rebel features an attractive standard specification that includes assist/slipper clutch, LED lighting and gear position indicator.

For 2023 the CMX500 Rebel receives three brand new contemporary paint options: Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic, Pearl Smoky Gray and Candy Diesel Red.  The CMX500 Rebel ‘S’ version, which features a range of practical and attractive factory-fitted accessories including a headlight cowl, all-black fork covers and gaiters plus diamond-stitch style seat, is now available in dynamic new Titanium Metallic.

The Honda Monkey has been continuing to cheer up roads across Europe since its reintroduction last year. For 2023 the Monkey will be available in new Pearl Shining Black and updated Banana Yellow and Pearl Nebula Red. All three feature colour-matched frame, forks, swingarm and rear suspension, plus tartan seat cover and stylish tank infills that reference the classic Monkey style from the late 1960s.





2023 Honda CB1000R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Styling & Equipment

* Aggressive, ‘mass-forward’ stance, with sleek styling front to back and cast aluminium wheels

* Honda Smartphone Voice Control system links the rider to their smartphone via Bluetooth and 5-inch colour TFT screen

* USB charging socket under the seat

* Two new colour options


Honda’s ‘Neo Sports Café’ design aesthetic was created not only with a fondness for the past, but with an eye on the future as well, with ample scope for variations to the theme.

From tip to tail the CB1000R’s flow is harmonious: the instantly recognisable round headlight sits in a teardrop style surround and lays backwards between the forks; the burnished aluminium radiator shrouds are much more compact and angled into the direction of travel, a design cue mirrored by the airbox covers. The sinuous aluminium subframe is finished in jet black for 23YM highlighting the stark minimalism of the rear. And not to miss an aesthetic detail, the number plate mount is as small as it can be.

While it may turn heads and stop traffic with its style, day-to-day practicalities have not been overlooked, and real-world ease-of-use is a key factor in the design. The instruments comprise a 5-inch, full colour high-visibility TFT screen, which offers four types of speed/rpm display – according to rider preference – as well as fuel gauge/consumption, riding mode selection/engine parameters and Shift Up indicator. Management is via the buttons on the left handlebar.

Also incorporated into the interface is the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, which links the rider to their smartphone while on the move and allows voice management of phone calls, email, music and navigation. A helmet-mounted headset is needed, and the smartphone connects to the dash via Bluetooth; management is also possible using buttons the left switchgear. There’s also a USB socket under the seat, for smartphone charging.

The CB1000R’s indicators also have an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. Under hard braking, the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. The indicators also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.



* CBR1000RR derived four-cylinder engine with Throttle By Wire

* PGM-FI set for smooth delivery and response

* Assist/slipper clutch control

The CB1000R’s 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine provides a healthy dose of both power and torque: 107 kW @ 10,500rpm and 104Nm @ 8,250 pm. Bore and stroke are set at 75mm x 56.5 mm with compression ratio 11.6:1. The redline begins at 11,500rpm and the rev-limiter cuts in at 12,000rpm. PGM-FI settings are optimised for smooth power and crisp response.

This engine is tuned to deliver its torque with a characteristic ‘ramp’ in the 6-8,000rpm range, where it bulges significantly, generating an exciting and engaging riding experience. It’s also a useful aid for rapid roll-on acceleration in real-world overtaking conditions.

The airbox, ducting and air filter present a smooth route for airflow into the engine, reducing pressure loss all the way from the outer ducts; a 44mm diameter throttle body feeds air/fuel mixture into large diameter inlet ports and carefully shaped combustion chambers. Inlet valve lift is set at 8.3mm, exhaust 8.1mm. The pistons are constructed from forged aluminium.

Short gear ratios ensure exhilarating acceleration through the gears between 30-130km/h. The assist/slipper clutch is super-light and helps manage hard, rapid downshifts.

The exhaust adds to the CB1000R’s mid-range muscle and light weight. It’s a 4-2-1 design, feeding via 4 short catalysers into a main chamber, which then feeds a dual chamber muffler. The exhaust note has been tuned internally, meaning that as the revs rise past 5,500rpm it takes on a significantly deeper, more raw tone.

For EURO5 compliance Linear Air Flow (LAF) sensors in the downpipes allow accurate measurement of the spent gases. The engine returns fuel efficiency of 17.1km/L.


Engine electronics

* Three default rider modes plus USER customisation option

* Three levels of Power, Engine Brake and Honda Selectable Torque Control

Throttle By Wire (TBW) allows the rider maximum control over the CB1000R’s powerful engine via 3 default riding modes plus 1 USER mode, managed between the left handlebar and the TFT screen.

There are 3 levels of Engine Power (P), Engine Brake (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) available; HSTC can also be switched off. The riding modes offer different combinations of each parameter.

RAIN mode employs the lowest Power setting for the least aggressive power delivery, medium amount of EB and high HSTC. The lower levels of power and torque delivery are focused on the first 3 gears.

STANDARD mode uses the middle setting for Power, HSTC and EB. It softens the power delivery a little out of first and second gear and uses a power delivery just below that of SPORT mode, with reduced torque at partial throttle openings.

SPORT uses the highest Power delivery and lowest levels of EB and HSTC to deliver 100% performance through all six gears, maximum torque and power at all throttle positions and minor intervention from HSTC.

USER mode allows the rider to choose between the 3 settings for each parameter and save the setting for future use.



* Strong, lightweight mono-backbone steel frame

* Adjustable Showa SFF-BP forks and rear monoshock

* Dual, radial-mount four-piston calipers and 310mm floating front discs

The CB1000R’s chassis employs a mono-backbone steel frame and uses split-tightening aluminium pivot plates to grip the signature 574.2mm single-sided swingarm. Rake is set at 25° with trail of 100mm. Wheelbase is 1455mm with wet weight of 212kg. Weight bias is 48.5%/ 51.5% front/rear.

A ‘natural crouch’ is afforded by the relaxed rider triangle of wide, tapered aluminium handlebars matched to an 830mm seat height. The flangeless fuel tank too, is broad-shouldered, but heavily cut-away to allow plenty of knee room.

The adjustable front fork is a Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP). It contains all the damping function in one leg, reducing weight, while delivering compliance, comfort and control across a broad range of riding conditions. The Showa rear shock adjusts for spring preload and rebound damping.

Up front, dual radial-mount four-piston front calipers bite 310mm floating discs, matched to a twin-piston caliper and 256mm rear, and 2-channel ABS. The intricately designed cast aluminium seven-spoke wheels exude bold elegance; the rear tyre (sitting on a 6-inch rim) is sized 190/55 ZR17, the front a 120/70 ZR17.



A full range of Honda Genuine Accessories have been developed to complement the sportiness of the CB1000R and enhancing the practicality and comfort. These are available either in specially developed packs or as single items.

The Design Pack is available for both the standard and Black Editions and includes a range of accessories that complement the visual appeal of the motorcycle and includes:

* Front Fender Panel

* Radiator Grill

* Bar Ends

* Alcantara Main & Pillion Seats

* Meter Visor / Fly Screen (only available for the standard version)

* Rear Seat Cowl (only available for the standard version)

The Sports Pack only available for the Black Edition enhances the performance and protection of the CB1000R and includes:

* Clutch Cover

* Quick Shifter

* Tank Pad

The Plus Pack add daily practicality to the CB1000R by adding the following accessories:

* Grip Heaters

* Luggage Base

The Journey Pack maximises the carrying capacity of the CB1000R and includes all the available luggage accessories

* 3 L Tank Bag & Attachment

* Expandable Rear Seat Bag (15-22L)

The FOP Pack is only available for the standard edition CB1000R and includes:

* Meter Visor / Fly Screen

* Rear Seat Cowl

* Quick Shifter

The following accessories are also available individually:

* Wheel Stripes

* Crankcase Ring

* Indoor Body Cover

* Technical Specifications






2023 Honda CB1000R – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $17,329 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £11,649 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat





2023 Honda CB1000R – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type Liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Displacement 998 cc
Bore & Stroke 75 mm x 56.5 mm
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Valve Train DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 44 mm throttle bodies
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive #525 chain (15T/44T)

Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension 41 mm Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function- Big Piston front Fork) inverted fork; 109 mm (4.3 in) travel
Rear Suspension Showa BFRC (Balance Free Rear Cushion) with preload and damping adjustability, 131 mm (5.2 in) travel

Additional Information
Tires Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 190/55-17
Brakes Front: Dual 310 mm discs
Rear: Single 256 mm disc
ABS System 2-channel
Seat Height 830 mm (32.7 in.)
Wheelbase 1,455 mm (57.3 in.)
Curb Weight 212 kg (467 lb.)
Fuel Capacity 16.2 litres
Colour Graphite Black
Warranty 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus





2023 Honda CB1000R – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details

Type Liquid-cooled DOHC In-line 4 cylinder
Valves per cylinder 4
Engine Displacement (cm³) 998cc
Bore and Stroke (mm) 75mm x 56.5mm
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Max. Power Output 107kW @ 10,500rpm
Max. Torque 104Nm @ 8,250rpm
Noise Level (dB) Lurban75/Lwot80
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.2 litres
Fuel Consumption 17.1km/litre
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel mono backbone
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2120mm x 789mm x 1090mm
Wheelbase 1455mm
Caster Angle 25°
Trail 100mm
Seat Height 830mm
Ground Clearance 135mm
Kerb Weight 212kg
Type Front Showa SFF-BP USD fork
Type Rear Showa monoshock (axle travel 131mm)
Rim Size Front Cast aluminium
Rim Size Rear Cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17
Tyres Rear 190/55 ZR17
ABS System Type 2 channel
Front 310mm double disc
Rear 256mm single disc
Instruments 5” TFT screen
Headlight LED
Taillight LED


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.



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