Chap at Abingdon (sphell ? ) Honda explained the reason for limited availability : uk buys balls on sports bikes, no naked sales will ever compete with R1, CBR 6.....etc. And looking around Fox's caff today, i would agree with him.
Anyhows, spent an hour on mates cbf1000 with ABS to see what its all about . Think abs/cbs rightly belongs on a bike that will be used 12 months of the year on crappy roads or if its your first bike. Personally I feel ABS on something like a CB1000R is like having L plates and a numpty fluro vest.
Oh, if anyone sees a pheasant in the Vale of the White Horse with my offside mirror could you ask for it back !