Motorcycle History - The Honda CBR1000F
October 11, 2012 - San Diego, CA
Last week we put out a Profile of The Honda CBR600 and got back one pretty blatant response, "where's the Hurricane?" Well, ask and you shall receive. Here's a profile and the history of the Honda CBR1000F, one of the Honda CBR's commonly referred to as the Honda Hurricane.
Launched in 1987 the Honda CBR1000F was discontinued in the USA in 1996 when the CBR1100XX was released, but was manufactured and continued to be sold in Europe and Asia until Honda finally ended its run in late 1999.
Also known as the "Hurricane" until the name was officially dropped from the line in 1989, the Honda CBR1000F is a sport touring motorcycle powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 998 cc, 16-valve four-cylinder. It originally crossed the 130 bhp (97 kW) barrier and ultimately was capable of reaching tops speeds of 260 km/h (160 mph).
The CBR weighs 235 kg (520 lb) (1992 model and onwards). The seat is 780 mm (31 inches) high and the wheelbase is 1,505 mm (59.3 inches). The engine is housed in a steel box section perimeter frame, air-assisted 41 mm telescopic front forks and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The front brakes are twin 296 mm discs using three piston Nissin calipers, the rear is a single 256 mm disc, and DCBS are used on all models after 1992. The fuel tank is 21 litres (4.6 imp gal; 5.5 US gal).
In 1989, the CBR1000F received a cosmetic makeover with a complete redesign of the front fairing, improvements to the bike's front suspension, larger motorcycle tires were added to help mitigate the bike's heavy weight and to accommodate radial tires. Changes were also made to the bike's cam chain tensioner in an attempt to remove the annoying cam chain rattle some riders had reported. The 1989 Honda CBR1000F also had its power slightly increased to around 135 bhp (101 kW) and the model gained weight. Although the "Hurricane" was dropped from the name, the CBR1000F was never given a replacement name so it is often still referred to and known by its original title.
In 1992, the bike's looks were overhauled with more streamlined and modern-looking bodywork added. The biggest change was the introduction of Honda's Dual Combined Brake System (DCBS). The DCBS system was introduced to assist rider braking where the front brake lever operates the front calipers but also proportionally applies the rear brake, while using the rear brake will engage one front caliper. Since its addition to the CBR1000F, DCBS has evolved into a very popular addition to many Honda touring motorcycles. No major changes occurred after 1992 although a touring model was briefly launched that offered a larger screen and hard panniers.
As mentioned above, the Honda CBR1000F was discontinued in the USA in 1996, however Bike Bandit still offers Honda OEM parts and motorcycle accessories for the "Hurricane."