The European juggernaut that’s been dominating the market for the last three years is finally coming to Canada. It takes on a variety of similar models ranging from 800 to 1,250 cc from all major manufacturers, European as well as Asian. With its athletic, threatening mien, upturned hind end and single-sided swing arm, the CB1000RA, like its brother the 1000RR, is one hot-blooded, purebred bike.
|The European juggernaut that’s been dominating the market for the last three years is finally coming to Canada. (Photo: Honda)
Once aboard though, the radical aura dissipates, and you’re left with a particularly inviting machine that even caters decently to passengers. The bike’s slenderness and 825 m-high saddle allow you to easily plant your feet on the ground, and thanks to rather high, narrow handlebars, you won’t be doubled over either. The foot pegs are a little too high, though, the only blemish on an otherwise extremely accommodating triangle. On the flip side, they ensure the generous ground clearance that’ll make any track day a blast.
Compact and light, the CB1000RA borrowed its engine from 2007’s CBR1000RR. Engineers reduced maximum output to increase low- and mid-rpm torque, for an easy-going ride in town and a stimulating one on the open road. It generates 125 hp and 30% more torque in the mid-rpm range. Smooth and constant, the throttle responds under the 2,000-rpm mark, even in 6th gear, and muscles up very convincingly, but never abruptly, to the red line.
The aluminum frame features the same architecture as the CBF600
. It works together with the sport-tuned suspension to deliver a stable yet nimble ride. The masses are centered around the bike’s core, and the utterly unique exhaust pipe is slung oh-so-low, improving the naked bike’s rideability.
|The engine generates 125 hp and 30% more torque in the mid-rpm range. (Photo: Honda)