The 2019 Honda CB1000R is a modern-retro machine that blends rider-friendly civility with an exciting punch. Big Red reintroduced the standard CB to the United States in 2018 after a short hiatus, with notable improvements all around.
Powering the CB is a 998cc DOHC inline-four derived from Honda’s previous-generation CBR1000RR, but tuned for everyday rideability with a punch of top-end power. Notable engine upgrades include an improved airbox flow to significantly larger (plus 8mm) throttle bodies, larger intake ports, and increased valve lift on both intake and exhaust. The CB also sees a ride-by-wire electronics package with selectable ride modes and traction control settings.
Prior to an upcoming comparison with similar retro-modern machines, we rolled the Honda CB1000R on our in-house Dynojet 250i dyno, recording horsepower and torque figures. The Honda registered a peak 120.13 hp at 9,700 rpm and 68.59 pound-feet of torque at 8,180 rpm.
Note that a 2019 model year CB1000R was used for testing as Honda chose to skip a model year in 2020.