Honda CB1000R XESS
The XESS (eXtreme European Streetfighter Styling)
version of the CB1000R draws on the most extreme potential
of this new Naked streetfighter’s intensely
aggressive power. It focuses the customer’s
attention on the eventual possibilities for modifying
the production model to make it even more stunning.
The original CB1000R was intended to stimulate Honda
Emotion; to be number one in the Sports-
Naked category and the ultimate bike for two-wheel
enthusiasts. This was achieved through its innovative
and challenging design and through such impressive
technology as the ex-Fireblade inline-4 engine, the
long-and-low underslung exhaust and the hybrid aluminium
Incorporating impressive handling and a sporty nature,
our plan for this model is to become the big naked
queen of the long and winding roads.
Our 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
our much-appreciated initiative with the Hornet 600
in early 2006. It’s clear that Naked customers
like to customise their bikes, so we decided to sow
the seeds of imagination with a reality model.
The XESS represents the most radical and extreme
styling of the new Italian-designed CB1000R.
Just as Honda represents “The Power of Dreams,”
the CB1000R should be considered “The Model
of Dreams” in the Naked category – a dream
bike starting with a unique Honda basis and customised
with the most impressively designed accessories.*
If the CB1000R is a spectacularly emotional bike,
the velvet-red XESS builds even more on that emotion
- aggressive as a panther and ready to holeshot with
a premium motorcycle image. That’s why the tank
is graced with the new Honda Wing emblem that only
decorates top-end models like the RC212V, the Fireblade
and the DN-01.
This impressive customization of a brand-new motorcycle
model with quality custom parts is yet another unique
and visionary initiative from Honda.
*The names of the after-market providers can be obtained
on request from your local Honda sales
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 models.
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).
The concept, drawings and development of the mass
production model were established by R&D headquarters
in Roma with the support of the Italian Sales Division.
With its already sensational design, it provided an
ideal basis from which to develop such an impressive
and aggressive prototype. The result is a model that
celebrates traditional Honda quality with 100% Italian