Launched in conjunction with the Boon Siew Honda Hari Raya media lunch and track day at Sepang International Circuit were the 2018 Honda CB1000R and CB250R naked sports bikes. The duo are priced at RM74,999 for the Honda CB1000R and RM22,999 for the CB250R, with prices excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

First shown to the public at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, the CB1000R uses the same engine design as the CBR1000R superbike an inline four-cylinder 998 cc mill producing 143 hp at 7,500 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 8,250 rpm. However, the engine is modified to withstand the rigours of road use with reinforced pistons, greater valve stroke with bigger valves, larger intake and redesigned combustion chamber to provide more mid-range torque.

Geared for acceleration, the CB1000R’s ratios are 4% lower, mated to a six-speed gearbox that comes with a lighter assisted pull lever with slipper clutch. A model specific 4-2-1 exhaust is fitted, 4.5 kg lighter than most standard exhausts and providing a little more torque at high rpm.

The CB1000R comes with four ride modes – Standard, Sport, Rain and User – and LED lighting all round. Suspension is with an adjustable Show Separate Function Big Piston fork (SFF-BP) in front and fully-adjustable Showa monoshock.

In front, twin radial-mount callipers grab 310 mm diameter floating brake discs and a single 265 mm disc at the back, with two-channel ABS as standard. The CB1000R is available in two colors, Graphite Black and Candy Chromosphere Red.

While Malaysian riders await the arrival of the CBR250RR, which might or might not happen, the CB250R was shown at the Sepang event. Coming with a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 250 cc power plant producing 27.2 hp at 9,000 rpm and 23.2 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm, the CBR250R is a naked quarter-litre sports bike that mimics the look of the CB1000R.

With six-speeds, the CBR250R weighs in at 145 kg and comes with a single brake disc front and rear, with two-channel ABS. There are three colour options for the CB250R – Matt Bullet Silver, Graphite Black and Candy Chromosphere Red.

Both the 2018 Honda CB1000R and CB250R will be available in Boon Siew Honda dealer showrooms this July. Boon Siew Honda offers a two year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty, whichever comes first.

GALLERY: 2018 Honda CB1000R


GALLERY: 2018 Honda CB250R