2018 Honda CB1000R MC Commute Review

A review of Honda’s CB1000R, on our way to work

Keen to get a piece of the action in the always popular liter-sized naked bike scene, Honda debuted an all-new entry in the class with its 2018 CB1000R ($12,999). The CB slots in Big Red's newly coined Neo Sports segments, which infuses classic styling elements with modern proportions—exuding a true sport appeal.

You won't hear us dispute the merits of this concept, as both the CB1000R and its affordable little brother, the CB300R are some of the most attractive streetbikes we've seen roll out from a Honda showroom. The CB1000R stands out with its liberal use of metal (as opposed to plastic with the 300R) and the exquisite level of fit and finish.

Honda’s CB1000R on the side of the road.
Honda’s CB1000R gets put to the test in this week’s MC Commute.Kevin Wing

Loaded with all the bells and whistles, the ride-by-wire-equipped Honda employs traction control and adjustable engine power modes that are tweaked through a tasteful-looking digital display and logically designed switch gear. This allows riders to tune the 2006–2007-generation CBR1000RR inline-four engine making it more friendly to wield on the road.

In this week's MC Commute review, we dive into the positioning of this model and discuss the features and overall riding dynamic of the 2018 CB1000R as we commute to the Motorcyclist magazine office in Southern California. Click the "play" button and see for yourself what it's like to ride.