The press hated the original CB1R exactly because of its smooth turbine power - they said it was boring and lacked character. They then raved about the MT10 which has nothing below 3k and a big boost in power at 5k which makes it silly to ride.
I’m pretty shocked by the results coming through on the new CB1Rs power - although basically it is the same bike as the Mk1 updated and restyled.
It seems like Honda have tried to make the CB feel like it has a ‘top end rush’ - for me the Mk1 was a very sorted bike and just the handling needed sorting if you wanted to push. Again I was surprised that they effectively used a pretty budget suspension spec on their ‘premium’ naked.
I know a lot of riders like the bike because it is exactly the kind of thing they are looking for style wise, but the Mk1 enjoyed a lot of subscription from high mileage tourers, Street riders and also fun loving ‘hooligans’! It was a versatile steed.
Personally I was hoping for a refined 150bhp new blade derived machine that offered something similar with modern electronics and sporty styling - but we got the NSC.
I’m still hopeful that Honda (and Suzuki) will come up with a more focused naked bike moving forward based on later engines.