The 2005 Honda CBR 1000RR Repsol edition.

It’s my dad’s bike and unfortunately it doesn’t leave the garage much. It doesn’t even have 8,000 miles. I take it out every once in a while to keep the fluids moving.

It’s a gorgeous bike in my opinion. It’s plenty fast. Sure, it can’t compete with the electronics-ridden tackle on sale today. But damn if it doesn’t look better than them.


The angular bodywork, a proportionally correct tail unit, and a center exit exhaust routed under the seat. To me, it seemed a spitting image of Hayden’s RC211V.


When this design hit the market back in 2004, I thought, “How could anything look more right than this? Surely this is the peak.”


And, as it turns out, it sort of was the peak. For looks, anyway. My opinion, of course.

Honda, what happened?