Honda CB1000 Reviews

1983 Honda CB1000 from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired600 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

Finest bike I have EVER owned!

Faults:

Had new front fork seals at 14000 miles.

Wore out the seat cover in 2005.

General Comments:

This bike continues to impress me and almost any other Honda fan. As with most Hondas, 3 hours of riding means a sore tail!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2010

1983 Honda CB1000 from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles

Summary:

This motorcycle is a classic

Faults:

The exhaust is starting to rust. I am looking for an aftermarket exhaust that is loud, preferably a 2 into 1 exhaust system, but there is not much to choose from. Can anyone help?

I'm starting to see more oil being burned.

General Comments:

This motorcycle fits me extremely well; being a beginner I feel that I will not have to learn on a smaller bike and then have to buy another larger bike once I'm comfortable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2008

1983 Honda CB1000 from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.7 / 10

Summary:

It is amazing!

General Comments:

I've only owned this bike a short time, but I love it!

It's fast, stable and very comfortable so far.

I didn't expect the dual range gear box to make as big a difference as it does. In the high range it feels like it will just cruise effortlessly forever.

If anyone has an owners manual they would be willing to photo-copy, please e-mail: ninetoestavern@yahoo.com.

It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2008

1993 Honda CB1000 from United Kingdom

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleTriumph TT600

Summary:

Big, grunty, refined bike for 'blokes'

Faults:

Replaced camchain, (common fault on all CB1000's and CBR1000f's) because of tinkling!

General Comments:

Generally avoided the CB1000 'big one' because of negative reviews... only bought it because the TT600 tried to kill me and I wanted something a bit more sensible. What I have ended up with is a rare, quality machine, totally misunderstood, and probably the most comfortable, most reliable machine I have ever ridden in 30 years.

The roll on surge is gorgeous, the torque is lovely and fat, and the handling is unbelievable for a machine this size! If I had to be shallow and compare it, it's like an FJ1200 that handles!

Well behaved at any speed, and looks good even standing still.

It's absolutely massive, and attracts attention wherever I go. It's no Bandit 12; thankfully it's rarer, and capable of doing anything on it.

The addition of a flyscreen helps.

The camchain is definitely an issue on this machine; high milers will clatter, nothing serious, but don't leave it long...

Centre stands are usually removed...

Original Honda downpipes with collector box is best as double skinned, check fork seals.

Best tyres are Metzelers or Avons, as these have 18" rims so can be hard to match tyres.

Always fit engine bars as cases are extremely expensive.

The riding position is superb; you can literally ride all day on this bike; believe me I have! And I know all about the comfort issues as I have had spinal fractures, and sportsbikes bother me now; I can't ride'em, but this machine is great for my back!

The major issue is if you are looking for a machine to 'trick', then buy the Bandit or XJR as custom parts are rare and most are tasteless for this machine. The twin Bates look rubbish also, and aren't bright enough to be visible to other road users.

Best advice would be to invest in quality paint as the tank is massive and the fuel range is still pretty good, and I have stretched nearly 150-200 miles on a tank. You do need to be quite long legged because the machine is so wide!

Totally recommend it! It is definitely not a CBR1000f, which it shares its motor with. You can add the CBR cams to gain the performance, however you may as well buy the CBR instead as you will be missing out on this bikes forte, which is the torque on B roads and twisties.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2007

14th Jan 2008, 18:56

Just wanted to thank the author of this review for taking the time to write it. I may be acquiring a '94 CB1000 as my first ride soon.

Thanks.

David/Los Angeles.

14th Jun 2008, 13:47

I agree with what the person said about the Honda CB1000 Bigone, as I've already owned a 1993 CB1000 Bigone for about the last two years, and I'm very happy with it.

The comfort is very good, as I have done 1000 miles in 24hrs on it. I got it with about 18000 kilometers on the clock.

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews