The first look at a 2011 Honda CB 1000R leaves the impression that the lines are confused about where to go. Angles, curves, bends, and sharp edges all compete for attention, each trying to out-shout the other. From the three-quarter-rear view, the visual confusion is exacerbated. The eye finds nothing to follow. Some call this a clean design, but there are too many lines and angles to qualify for that characteristic. This is truly an edgy machine, if talking about bodywork and wheels. The most riveting to the eye is the oddly curved and shaped exhaust tube. The word tube does not quite seem to fit this odd, progressively thicker, somewhat elliptical piece of metal as it bends and curves upward to fire spent gasses at a 45-degree angle toward the sky. Wheels are a design study in themselves. Four curved, hook-like bars meet in the middle to form a bent four-point star. Maybe the designers had battle in mind, as the wheels bring to mind the form of a throwing star. From the side view the body is all zigzagged with lightning bolt lines. On the whole, it communicates nervous, restless energy, and may be tiring to view for very long. However, being of Italian blood (designed and built there), the 2011 Honda CB 1000R mimics the bold, animated styles of many Italian rides.