What Does “CBR” Stand for in Honda Motorcycles?

In terms of Honda motorcycles, “CBR” stands for cross beam racer. The motorcycle series’ name derives from the fact that the four-cylinder engine is placed across the motorcycle’s frame beams, according to Dan Hancock, a member of Honda’s R&D team.

While some sports bike enthusiasts believe that “CBR” stands for city bike racing or city bike racer, others believe it stands for closed body racer. Since its release in 1986, the Honda CBR series has become one of the most popular sports bike series in the world, and Honda has produced over 60 different models in the series as of 2014.