The new generation of CBR 1000, the one that would put Honda back on the hypersports podium, is long overdue. And will not be on the menu for 2016. Athletes will have to be content with an aging but still cheerful Fireblade; which will only be available in the ABS version.
The Honda CBR 1000 knows how to play on its reputation. She might not win all the comparos or all the championships, but with ambassadors like Michael Dunlop or John MCGuinness, decent sales numbers (for its category), the winged crest on the tank and a name that resonates in the field. he history of motorcycle sport, Honda’s hypersport still stands proudly on its wheels. Even more in the Repsol 2015 colorway, with a big 93 on the fork crown, just to make the community understand that Honda, the HRC, its riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez remain formidable in MotoGP.
The last update dates back to 2014; mostly focused on the engine. The 4-cylinder was touched up here and there, just to pick up horse crumbs. The CBR had been eyeing the 180 nags mark for some time, and the engine manufacturers offered it this bar. How? ‘Or’ What ?
Especially when working on the cylinder head. Redesigned intake ducts and valve seats, reduced exhaust manifolds from 38 to 35mm. A little lower, the volume of the catalyst increased; a little higher, remapped PGM-DSFI injection. Suddenly, the block develops 2 Kw more and a significant increase in torque, especially between 4 and 6000 trs.
The chassis remains the same, with a beefy aluminum perimeter frame, an inverted 43mm Showa BPF fork, a MotoGP-inspired Pro-Link rear suspension with shock absorber "Balance Free Rear Cushion" very stable and progressive. Only the pilot’s position is changed. More radical in fact, with footrests set back by 10mm and more open half-handlebars.
Complete dashboard with multiple displays, ignition key in format "wave", undeniable sporting qualities, the CBR 1000 RR can always count on a certain and affirmed quality of life; and on its standard sports ABS. Unfortunately, this leads to an overweight of 11 kilos. What about the competition … no comment.
Will this be enough to maintain the CBR’s passion capital? In Superbike, nobody believes in it except Ten Kate. Good, very good sports car, the CBR 1000 RR knows how to make powder speak but not unleash it like more and more competitors..
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CBR 1000 RR Fireblade 2015
Model marketed in
about 300 km / h
The technical aspect
2016 Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade
- Tank: 17.5 liters
- Width: 720 mm
- Height: 1,135 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
- Operating weight: 211 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(76 x 55.1 mm)
at 12,250 rpm
at 10,500 rpm