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    Default Honda CB1000R Ownership Thread

    Hi guys,

    Thought I would share my ownership experience of my Honda CB1000R with all. Have had it for just over a year now. Clocked about 9000 kms on it so far, and its been a thrilling ride all the way. Done some mods since buying, will update.

    After having bought/imported a Harley XL1200N Nightster, and having to deal with customs (a learning experience), decided to go with a company imported bike for my next ride.

    I had been reading reviews about the CB1000R online and made up my mind that the Streetfighter look is the way to go. Not a big fan of the crouching riding position of the supersports bikes, but wanted a smooth inline-4 at the same time. The CB was the perfect answer. I had even thought of importing a Hornet 919 prior to the Harley, so there was no doubt about the choice.

    I started my hunt by approaching the local Honda dealer in Palakkad, where I register my vehicles, even though I live in Coimbatore. (I love KL-9 ). The dealer had no clue about the bike, much less how to order one, and was politely told to contact HMSI. So, I started with sending emails, and finally was contacted by the Honda Wing world manager from Delhi. From then on, it was pretty smooth sailing. He told me that I could buy the bike through any dealer, and that the dealer would only be used as a delivery point/ invoicing center. Since I was a little peeved with the PKD dealer, I decided to use the Coimbatore dealer as my choice. Coimbatore guys were very friendly and happy that I used them, as they used the opportunity to gain some publicity for them as well.

    Paid 50K advance and as my luck would have it, HMSI had run out of the initial stock they had imported, and I had to wait for the new batch to arrive. But it was worth it, because I had a choice of a third color (other than the Black and Dragon Green), Pearl Cool White!! And only 4 whites coming to India!! So I jumped on it and immediately booked the white.

    It took about 2 weeks for the bike to arrive to coimbatore. It came in a truck by itself, and was delivered with great care at the dealership. An HMSI engineer had come down from Blore to do the PDI and the local dealer guys were also very helpful, with everyone handling the bike with kid gloves. (They actually went and bought a bag of gloves before touching the bike!!)

    Had the bike temp. registered in CBE, which was possible as the Chennai dealer had somehow managed to get a "type certificate" made for the several CBs and CBRs that they sold in Chennai. Getting it registered finally in Palakkad was also not too difficult, as I was able to talk to the RTO directly and show him the circular from Ministry of Transportation which had stated that CBU bikes imported did not need type certificates. (A very little known fact, but true)

    Well, that was my buying experience. Will continue with ownership and mods soon.

    Ride safe.
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    Wow, I'm still awaiting this moment in my life. Hope it happens soon and this is too much attention! Bike in the middle of the showroom with so many people around it and good you dint 'garland' your bike. Cool and I can guess why all this attention. Waiting for your riding experience.
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    First off, welcome to xBHP Gthang.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gthang View Post
    But it was worth it, because I had a choice of a third color (other than the Black and Dragon Green), Pearl Cool White!! And only 4 whites coming to India!! So I jumped on it and immediately booked the white.
    Great choice. The CB looks very beautiful in white. Have you given her a name?

    Do share more about the servicing costs, ride comfort etc. Is it a comfy bike for two people to tour on?

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    Vow..!! Congrats for the wonderful bike & the decision of getting one of the most 'practical' bike suited for indian conditions to use it regularly.
    I had a pleasure of riding this for couple of kms few days back. Am still in that trance & unable to get out
    Comfort was like am riding a powerful karizma with magnificent features & felt I could take to my office daily Superb choice.

    Please bless us with more pix & ride report if its possible. The attention your bike is getting is a perfect way to welcome it & look at her attitude .
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    indeed it is one of the most practical sbk's in india....great choice & nice color though....congratz & wish you many more happy miles...

    PS:-how is the honda service back up there??Any problems faced till now??

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    Thanks for the kind words, guys.

    @n_aditya, Thanks for the welcome. No, no name for the bike yet

    Continuing with the story

    After having ridden the Nightster around for a while, getting on the CB was a surreal experience. The bike felt so nimble and light. It was like riding an RX100, but with soooo much more power. And the power delivery was so silky smooth. In low revs, it just purrs around like a kitten, but twist the joy handle, and it just blows you away.

    Quickly realized that a very mature right hand required to keep things in check.

    Absolutely love the almost dual personality of the bike. Its just so amazingly easy to ride in traffic and will putter around town in almost any gear, but get her on the highway, and the power rush between 5k to 9k rpm is just mindblowing. Unlike supersports bikes, the redline is a tame 10k, and for Indian riding conditions, I think its just the perfect powerband. I dont know if I could ever hit the redline on a supersports, but with the CB, 2nd and 3rd gear redlining is very easily doable, and highly rewarding.

    On my highway rides, the temp guage stays between 80-90 degrees, and you hardly feel the heat. In peak traffic, the max I have seen it go is about 103-104 degrees by then the electric fan kicks in.

    One of the first accesory I had to get was a stainless steel radiator guard from Beowulf which is almost essential for monsoon riding.

    Went through my first set of rear tires in about 6500 kms. Might have got a couple of hundred kms more out of it, but had a run in with some metal slivers on the road and multiple punctures, so had to change. Trying to source oem replacement tires (Bridgestone BT-15) turned out to be a major hassle, with HMSI quoting as high as 24k for a rear tire, and no stock!! Tried desperately to find some tires in B'lore, and ended up buying a Pirelli Diablo, but 190 profile compared to the stock 180. Boy, was that a mistake!! Made the bike feel so heavy in the back, wouldn't turn in as before, felt like an athlete running with steel toed work boots.

    The only reason I opted for the Diablo's were because the only 180 tires he had were the Michelin Power 2CT's which he was selling as a pair for about 20k, whereas the Diablos was available as rear only for 11k. I was penny wise and pound foolish. Regretted my decision immediately, and ordered the Michelins asap. Very good tires, but different from the Bridgestones. You can distinctly feel the 2 compound structure especially while leaning, and it took some getting used to.

    Posting some pics of the bike in stock form, after getting out of the showroom, before registration.

    Will continue with some more pics from my trips and current state soon.

    Will write about the service experiences and costs shortly as well.
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    Nice Ride Gthang.. The White COlour surely looks awesome.

    BTW, from where you bought the Pirelli tyres in Bangalore ?

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    How about the service intervals and where you are getting services.
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    Congrats for the bike!!

    Ride Safe... more per mile..

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