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Honda spokesman and test rider Dave Hancock has gone on record in MCN today talking about the CB1000R.

The article discusses that the bike is "powered by a 130bhp version of the 2007 Fireblade's engine and the alloy frame holds fully adjustable suspension and top-spec radial callipers, as fitted to the 2008 Fireblade".

It also goes on to say that "development is ongoing" and that the bike is actually a 2009 model that will come to market early. The article is very vague about when and just says during the summer this year.

The test rider states that the bike is "very similar to the new Fireblade in concept, in that it's a 1000cc bike that feels like a 600cc". He also compares the bike to the Hornet 900 and CBF1000 by saying "it's a new breed. It's a lot more fiery and it's so small and manoeuvrable, like the Fireblade".

"We had the Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ-1 when we were doing the development - they were so much heavier. The CB1000R is really tiny, especially with the shape of the tank".

"The two things you notice are the power and the weight, it's very tractable and the midrange is very good; it's a lot sportier, really. It has a hooligan side if you want it to, but it's what people would call a typical Honda. You can ride it in top gear and just pootle around on it or drop down the gearbox and it's a completely different bike."

I'm even more excited now :D
 

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He kept on going on about how small it is, at 6'5" and a bit of a bunter with it that's not good news for me...
 

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Very interesting... but might be marketing spiel.... I should be seeing the CB at Excel this Friday but I am assuming it will not be possible to sit on one.

I personally wouldn't want a smaller bike than the FZ1.... as that already feels light and nimble - I should add as well that the faired FZ1 feels bigger and heavier because of the fairing but there's nothing in it really...

I can't really speak of the Z1000 but I was under the impression the Triple was a small'ish bike for a nearly litre bike.
 

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I do agree that it's probably 99% marketing hype, but the thought of a bike with similar proportions to a 600 (like my Hornet maybe?) but more power is hugely appealing to me. I've sat on some big bikes (though I admit never ridden them) and felt intimidated by them (ever sat on a B King?) but the Hornet feels like home. if I can get that from the CB then I'll be over the moon.

Keeping the ear to the ground for more info though!
 

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The Z1000 isn't very big (at least the 03-06 one isn't). Some guys were complaining that they look a bit silly on it becasue it is small - but it's not particularly light...

I may change my bike this summer, and the FZ1, Speed triple and tuono are on the list. If this turns out to be a 2009 model, I may not have the patience to wait that long...
 
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