On the most beautiful pictures of his life! This old tube from the 80s suits this 9th evolution of the Fireblade rather well. Indeed, the big CBR will not be able to help but think back to its former glory, today seriously blunted by the competition.. Powerful, docile like a Honda and an excellent sports car on the road, the Fireblade could no longer be considered as a benchmark for sport: Italy and Germany are now at the forefront..
Its major overhaul in 2008 left Honda engineers 4 years to restore prestige and enthusiasm. But for once, it’s the mountain that gives birth to a mouse.
Visually, the touch-ups are just important to authenticate it as a new version, without really changing the silhouette. Yet it is much more dynamic than the controversial previous vintage, with a crushed nose and straight panels. The more angular fork crown houses new, more incisive optics and orïRedesigned forced air intake. As on the VFR 1200, the shoe is set apart. New colors and that will be all for the design workshop.
"4 years of waiting…. They must’ve been building a crazy engine the whole time ! " We have been hearing about a V5 for almost 10 years; we have been hoping for a V4 worthy of a hypothetical RC 60 for 15 years. Too bad, we will still have to wait. The 4 in line of the CBR does not change either design or power. There are still 179 horses in the bowels of the CBR. A very comfortable power but frankly inferior to the top of the category, and delivered in a very linear fashion, like most of the winged brand’s productions. Only the PGM-FI injection was entitled to some alterations, just to make the engine more usable and even smoother to the response of the handle. In short, an engine with even less relief but more manageable on the road. It is always assisted by an anti-dribble clutch derived from that of the RCV 212.
"Hey Oh, isn’t it just the face that changed on the CBR? What were the 4 years of waiting for ?" Calm down, we come. It first takes place under the bubble, where a brand new fully digital dashboard is housed. It displays a large bar-graph for the engine speed, with 4 display possibilities (1 / Normal with black bars gradually filling the bar-graph – 2 / Inverted, with a gradual erasure of the bars up to the red zone – 3 / Peak, normal display + one segment persisting for a few seconds indicating the maximum speed reached – 4 / Single segment, to have a single speed indication bar). There is also a stopwatch with 4 display modes. In addition, this instrumentation unit can also provide you with information on fuel consumption and various information on your journey. There is also a new 5-diode shitflight system, like on F1 steering wheels..
Honda therefore offered a nice digital toy to its Fireblade. A little light when the competition offers traction control and traction control, 2 electronic assistance systems that have invaded the market, and that Honda did not see fit to install on its sporting spearhead.
Let us come to real technical advances. They are located at the level of the chassis, and the most striking is the adoption of new 12-spoke wheels. Thin, elegant and sporty, they promise to be more rigid. The front one brings confidence to the same 320mm discs pinched by radial 4-piston calipers, and discovers the new inverted fork. A BPF model from Showa, that is to say the large piston model which has already appeared on sports cars from Suzuki and Kawasaki. At the rear, we discover a brand new type of shock absorber signed Showa too, the Balance Free Rear Cushion.
In the body of the shock absorber there is not one but two internal tubes. This second tube eliminates the secondary valves and offers softer cushioning because the oil no longer works at high pressure. The damping is not only more stable but above all, it allows more traction.
The other major point of these new suspensions is the accessibility of the adjustment screws: compression and rebound are immediately adjustable on the top of the elements..
This 2012 generation CBR 1000 RR Fireblade celebrates the 20th anniversary of the dynasty. It brings its share of new suspensions and driver information, but is no longer the scarecrow of the category it was in the 90s. A BMW S 1000 RR, a Kawasaki ZX-10R or a Ducati 1198 are much more sharp and a cut above. The spirit of Total Control is still there, the Honda brand too. But the dream is no longer there.
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CBR 1000 RR Fireblade 2011
Model marketed in
medium: 5.57 l
about 300 km / h
The technical aspect
Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade 2012
- Tank: 17.7 liters
- Width: 826 mm
- Height: 1,135 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,407 mm
- Weight in running order: 200 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(76 x 55.1 mm)
at 12,000 rpm
at 8,500 rpm