Could the next generation Honda CB1000R look like this?

A motorcycle illustrator has knocked up a very tasty looking rendering showing what the next Honda CB1000R could look like

KarDesign CB1000RR-R SP

A well-known motorcycle illustrator who goes by the Instagram handle kardesignkoncepts has produced a stylish looking rendering showing what the next generation CB1000R (or should that be CB1000RR-R?) could look like.

While the underpinnings of the picture aren’t the newest CBR1000RR-R, this design uses the 2017 ‘Blade as it’s base, we can clearly see the 2020 Fireblade’s DNA shining through. The frontally mounted ram air intake is there, and it’s even flanked by some stylised headlights that stay true to the sports bikes.

Kar Design has knocked up a few different versions of the bike over on his Facebook page, some without wings, some with the belly pan, and some with it removed, but it’s this version (top) that is catching our eye the most.

The super naked is even complete with those much talked about aerodynamic winglets as per the CBR1000RR-R sports bike. The shrouded in wings sit tight to the fairing’s leading-edge and are a much more elegant solution than the wings on Ducati’s new Streetfighter V4 S.

Could the next super naked from Honda really look like this?

Now, having just swallowed a reality pill, I must stress, this is a rendering – albeit from a truly knowledgeable and talented graphic designer. But it does get you thinking about what Honda will do next with the CB1000 model.

The current CB1000R is a stellar bike, with the poise, handling, and almost the speed of the faired sports bike it borrows so much technology from. But the public reception to the bike hasn’t matched its potential on the road. The Neo Sports Café design aesthetic looks lovely, tying together a great swathe of Honda named motorcycles, from 125cc all the way to top of the range. Could a more extreme super naked from Honda help it succeed where the previous generation didn’t quite hit the mark?

I guess we’ll find out soon, the current version has been around for a few years now, if Honda sticks to their usual update schedule, they’ll be another one scooting along the production line in no time at all.