The engine is a 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder with a compression ratio: 11.2:1, DOHC and four valves per cylinder.
Front suspension comprises a 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, with rebound and compression damping adjustment. The struts have 4.7 inches travel. For the rear, a single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload is used.
Brakes come in the form of dual radial-mounted four pistons stopping two 310 mm disc at the front and a single 256 mm disc at the back. The CB1000R has a 120/70ZR-17 front tire and a 180/55ZR-17 rear one.
“When you look at the new CB1000R, you see a motorcycle with roots that stretch back to the seminal four-cylinder classic CB750K0 introduced by Honda in 1969. Yet at the same time the CB1000R carries a sporting heritage so modern that it will attract many of today’s most sophisticated and demanding street riders,” stated the press bump released at the motorcycle’s launch.
“Perhaps best of all, the roomy seating position delivers excellent rider comfort and tremendous versatility for long-distance travel and two-up riding. With all these features and more, the 2011 CB1000R is the most modern iteration of a long line of much-respected high-performance unfaired four-cylinder bikes—the classic hot-rod Hondas. Available in Pearl Black beginning in Spring 2011,” the press release rightfully stated.