2018 Honda CB1000R Review: The CB750’s rightful heir carries on the most honorable tradition, 49 years later

This new Honda CB1000R, on the other hand, really grabbed me by the hips at last year’s EICMA and never let go, especially after Mick Doohan rode it onto the stage. It vaguely says Honda, but doesn’t really look like any CB that’s come before. Honda says it’s “combining sport/naked street fighter performance with minimalist cafe racer styling to create the ultimate sports roadster.” As near as I can tell, it’s the shadow cast on the cave wall by various Nortons, MV Agustas and other classic roadsters, the flickering outlines of the bikes that drove Soichiro and crew to pack up and go race the Isle of Man in 1959.

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