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For some reason the CB1000 has never hit it big here in the states, but I own a 1995 model and a 2007 Yamaha R6. I ride the CB1000! It has 37K miles and shows no signs of going south. What is surprising is how much fun it is to ride in town, mine is geared such that it jumps from the red lights like it is shot out of a slingshot. All the comments about not letting it fall over are accurate. And if you are vertically challenged like I am, then just hope you do not find yourself in this position as it will be quite comical to motorists as they ride by. So far, I have made several long distance trips, comfort is quite good along with ability to stay with traffic is easily accomplished. When needed downshifting to 4th gear and twisting to the throttle stop will get your attention right away. I have saved the best for last! Everyone knows Harley's rule the cruiser market over hear and this bike just eats them for breakfast. My stock ride has embarassed more than a few of these overrated icons, only those who invest in turbos, nitrous, etc., have a chance with my old classic. At some point I will have to upgrade, at this time it looks like the 919 has the inside track. Ride em like you love them, they are the real deal.
The CB1000 is a great all round bike, it will take you touring for 1000's of miles or go round the twisties, of course it wont beat your Blades and R1's but its a total different bike. The build is second to none and mine has over 40,000 miles on the clock and still rides like she did new. I cant see me parting with this bike as i don't think anything has come out to beat it yet, of course there's faster and better handling bikes but 140 mph and good enough handling do it for me....put that with 200 mile tank range and over 45 to the gallon and in the 12 years i have had the bike NO OIL burned in fact mine has the original battery on it still, bet there's not many Bandit or XJR owners could say that....O and £61 to insure. Beat That
I bought my 'big one' as a running resto after way too many sportbike accidents and near misses.
I was initially concerned about what other riders would think about my choice as it was so heavily slated by the press on release (?) after 3 years I have finally found a bike to obsess over..the best way to describe it to other more experienced riders would be erm... probably an FJ1200 that handles It does absolutely everything with loads of gorgeous surging torque. It is surprisingly light on the move and benefits from new 4-1 pipe and K&N. rubber is pricey as 18" rims and the niggling thing is there are very few 'custom' parts available like there are for the 'blandit' this is a real world usable bike you really can use the performance not like silly r1's etc which we all grow out of ! super bike !
I owned one for about a year. As I am a tad over 6' 3" and a 19 stone weakling, it suited me well. Yes, it is heavy to pick up and potter on, so best not to drop it really! Not recommended as your first big bike unless you can match the above vital statistics! Bike has a detuned CBR1000 motor which makes a euro friendly 98 bhp-ish. CBR parts can boost this, but fiddling with the sprockets and exhaust are easier and will give it more off the mark oomph. (Don't forget to book your wheelie course!) If you are going to fit CBR parts, you'll also need the carbs. Handling is stodgy by sports bike standards, so if you want ZXCBRR1 performance go and get one. Bike is a good looker and has loads of street presence. Not for the short of stature or faint of heart as even standard it does have some attitude.... and some weight. Two weak points that you should check for carefully, a la CBR: the starter clutch and the good ole cam chain tensoiner. The starter clutch is very expensive to repair as it is buried deep down in the domain of the sump monster, so requires a complete engine out and strip down, unless of course you can weild a spanner yer-sen. If the camchain is quiet and it starts without any dramas it should be okay (let it warm up and listen carefully). Lack of screen, as with all naked bikes, limits long term high speed crusing but hey, this is motorcycling not tourcruisedustbinfairinggirlie land. Tyre type makes a big difference to handling. The old Bridgestone BT20's were good, not sure if you can still get them though and don't be tempted to put a bigger profile tyre on the back. You have been warned! Riding style also makes a difference, back off the speed and ride the torque, hanging in third gear for corners will see it more stable and willing to go where you point it. Steady and careful with the throttle going in but pile on the power coming out will surprise the plastic rocket crowd nicely. (If you've fiddled, make sure you keep some weight over the front!) Too many revs will only get the bike complaining! All in all, a good all round naked bike that took some bits from the vastly underrated (and now very cheap!) CBR1000 and made a solid battleship of a ride. It looks good and has enough attitude to suit the larger than average bear. It will not rust before your very eyes and will cope with most things swimmingly (For those in sunny England). Enjoy
After reading many reviews and doing my research , i decided to look at the Triumph Speed Triple or the Honda cb1000 ( AKA the Big One). After test riding a few pigs of triples, and a couple of good ones, i came across two CB1000's. Both were beauties and it was a hard choice....between the Honda's. I was and still am smitten.
Its Mint and cost under 2k a year ago, Ive already been offered 2k for it, ( but there is no way its for sale!) , so i guess these bikes hold their money. Mine is a Uk bike, 1996 on an "N" 35k miles.
Dont knock it over tho, its very heavy, tho when riding it you dont notice the weight and its as smooth as silk. Very punchy machine that lives up to the "muscle bike "tag, in both looks and performance.
Top speed i have had out of it is 148mph on the track with no mods except for smaller indicators ( originals are like cricket bats) and an aftermarket belly pan. Bear in mind tho, that at that speed it was not at all comfertable, even with the small fly screen diverting more wind than it looks capable of. At 90mph, its comfy enough....but not as draught free as its brother the cbr obviously.
I have owned a CBR and a Firestorm , ( among other machines) and i have found the big1 by far the easyest to service , with no plastics to contend with you can save yourself a fortune . I would advise a good quality heavy duty chain and sprock tho.
It is far cheaper to run than the bike mags say, i get about 55mpg at normal speeds of between 60 to 90 mph, and apart from general service parts ( which are comparable in cost to any other bike ive owned), its cost me nothing in repairs .
Its never let me down, looks the part, great fun to ride, and very comfertable due to riding position and proper big bloke sized seat. great to throw around twisties, superb for touring (if you dont worry about a bit of high speed buffeting) with a tank range of 175 miles before you hit the reserve switch.
I was going to sell it after the year for something newer ( or that was the idea when i bought it) but i really dont think i'll bother.
In all.....a damned fine , good quality bike thats built to last!
The Honda cb1000 "Big1", is one heck of a lot of machine for your money.
Reliable as only Honda can be , Most CBR1000 parts fit ( much easier to get hold of).
This Is a Genuine "Muscle Bike", and needs muscle to pick it up if it falls over ! believe me....I am 16 stone and well over six foot....and i struggled when mine fell over.
That aside, it stonks along at a non too shabby 140mph+ is smooth as you like to ride at sensible speeds (100mph- ) and reliable. Sportsbike riders may call it " dull" , but believe me...at speed when your trying to throw it around, its quite exciting.....and it always gets admiring glances !
I LOVE IT !
Its a big old bruiser of a motorcycle. You could own one if you were small but it could prove to be hard work. Its a big bike basically for "big" people. Its comfortable to ride if a little slow steering but again that's all to do with the size of it......The engine's plenty powerful enough with masses of torque and the '-1 moves at a fair old lick including showing 140mph + where "conditions allow.....". The engine itself is a detuned derivative of Honda's CBR1000, itself known to be fast, comfortable and dull as ditch water. The Big One has certainly got more character than the sports bike, although its getting a little left behind by the competition now. Bikes like the Triumph T595. the Kawasaki ZRX1200 and even Honda's own X11 make the CB1000 really show its age. It has rarity in its favour and its a Honda so its reliable but you have to ask yourself is that enough?