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THIS IS THE EUROPEAN-SPEC VERSION OF THE CBR1000, NOT SOLD IN THE US. HELD BY A PRIVATE OWNER IN ENGLAND UNTIL BROUGHT TO THE US IN 2018.
Manufactured from 1987 to 1996 in the US to late 1999 in the rest of the world, the CBR1000F went through three major revisions. In 1989, the bike received a cosmetic makeover with a complete redesign to the front fairing, improvements to the bike's front suspension, larger tires were added to help cope with the bike's heavy weight and to accommodate radial tires, improvements were also added to the bike's cam chain tensioner in an attempt to remove the annoying cam chain rattle some riders had reported. The 1989 model also had its power slightly increased, and it gained weight.
In 1992, the bike's looks were overhauled with a more streamlined and modern looking bodywork added. The biggest change was the introduction of DCBS, Honda's dual combined braking system. Honda’s first street motorcycle with a combined braking system (then called Unified Braking) was the 1983 Gold Wing GL1100. This system was derived from the 1970s RCB1000 world endurance race bike. 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 then DCBS has evolved into a very popular addition to many Honda touring motorcycles. No major changes were made after 1992. A touring model was briefly launched that offered a larger screen and hard panniers.
The CBR1000F was weighed by Cycle World at 259 kg (572 lb) tank empty and 276 kg (609 lb) wet for California model. Honda claims a dry weight of 249 kg (549 lb) and 273 kg (602 lb) wet. The seat is 780 mm (30.7 in) high and the wheelbase is 1,505 mm (59.3 in). The engine is housed in a steel box-section twin-spar frame, air-assisted 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic front forks and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The front brakes are twin 296 mm (11.7 in) discs using 3-piston Nissin calipers on later models (2-piston calipers in 1987–1988), the rear is a single 256 mm (10.1 in) disc and DCBS are used on all models after 1992.