Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Original CB1000R

The original CB1000R got the impressive ex-Fireblade inline-4 engine, a underslung exhaust and a nice hybrid aluminium swingarm. Honda's goal with the XESS is to allow CB1000R customers to shine out in the crowd (even more!) and give them really breathtaking added value. It is similar to their initiative with the Hornet 600 in early 2006.
It’s clear that Naked customers like to customise their bikes, so they decided to sow the seeds of imagination with a reality model.

The XESS project was carried out by a local workgroup in Italy.

Vito Cicchetti (General Manager, Honda Italy) proposed the initial concept and positioning, while Fausto Giancristofaro sought out suppliers of the most passionate parts and coordinated the realisation of the special model’s.
The many parts that have been added or changed include: a special Showa-signed and anodized massive front fork, Hanabira front discs with radial-mounted front callipers, a titanium twin-exhaust, lighter and race-ready footpegs, an aggressive red transmission chain, reversed levers, a velvet seat and several carbon fibre elements (such as the front mudguard, front light cowl, rear hugger, side covers and rear seat cowl).

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