Whether on the track or on the road, driving the CBR 1000 SP is a moment that you never tire of. And that we can not get tired of. It knows how to take advantage of all its strengths, highlighting a rare homogeneity and sportiness faithful to its philosophy: ‘Total Control’ – Our test takes it in many situations to illustrate this. Remodeled in 2017, the big sporty Honda has put a lot of questions into question. The Honda CBR 1000 RR has evolved very clearly, enough to brandish it without restraint and earn its name of Fireblade. With one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the category, a sweating desire for chrono and full-fledged technology, it has (re) become a threat to the competition..
All the general technique is detailed in the sheet of the CBR 1000 RR. To summarize, let’s take a quick look at these evolutions: lightened and seriously re-watted engine with a peak power of 192 horsepower, improved chassis, weight in free fall to 196 kilos, sharp silhouette, and electronics finally worthy of it. Its small TFT tablet which serves as its dashboard is teeming with indications, revealing Italian-style technical underside: traction control, Ride-by-wire, active ABS in bends (and above all, lighter), 3 driving modes , wheeling control, anti-stop, engine brake selector, Bosch IMU inertial unit working on 5 axes, triple engine mapping…. That’s all ?!? On the standard Fireblade, yes. But this SP version goes further.
Since the appearance of the name SP, a CBR 1000 RR "premium" can be recognized immediately by its golden and alluring legs. Indeed, Honda dynamically improves its hypersport with a pair of gold-colored aluminum rims relieved by 100 grams. Then the best arrives: Brembo and Öhlins.
By offering the services of the Italian manufacturer, the CBR SP can brake with all the gniak befitting its rank. These are nice radial 4 piston M4-30 / 32 pliers that bite 320mm discs. Honda did not want to mark the occasion by opting for M50s, which are even more efficient. Reserved for the more exclusive SP2 version? No more. Maybe for the next generation…
Unlike the previous Fireblade SP equipped with suspensions Öpassive hlins, the news is infatuated with proven dynamism. The choice fell on the S-EC semi-active suspension from the Swedish manufacturer. Big top, able to adapt in real time to the driving conditions, with all the efficiency and the feeling inherent to the brand. The 43mm NIX 30 inverted fork and TTX shock absorber are linked to the SCU control system, which is in turn linked to the IMU control unit. Continuously informed about the movements of the motorcycle (roll, yaw, inclination) and on the mechanical dynamics (wheel speed, engine speed, throttle opening, force applied to the brakes), the electronics act on the compression and the rebound in order to boost efficiency in each phase of driving. The damping will be adjusted according to whether you are braking, accelerating or on the angle, and according to 3 active modes or 3 manual modes.
In mode "Active", the pilot can select 3 sub-modes corresponding to several profiles: A1 "Track", A2 "Sport ”and A3 "Comfort”. In addition, in each of these 3 active modes, the settings can be fine-tuned.
In mode "Manual", sub-modes M1, M2 and M3 allow all possible combinations.
With all this baggage, the Fireblade SP would be able to go to Mars, and even analyze it. All this as quickly as possible, of course.
Coached everywhere by electronics, MS also makes its small difference with the transplant of the shifter Up&Down (option on the standard CBR), configurable on 3 levels + off, on ascent and descent. It is also distinguished by its titanium tank, which is 1.3 kilograms lighter, its weight down to 195 kilos (1 less than the RR) and its slightly brighter decor. The general theme hardly changes, the black bands are swapped for a deep blue, the dark of the frame, swing arm and rear buckle have retreated to let the aluminum express itself, and the passenger footpegs are to absent subscribers.
The Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade has improved in many ways; the SP version does the same. More rewarding, better and actively suspended, better equipped, but also much more expensive, this hypersport + is aimed at a more demanding clientele, more accomplished, but who are not yet eyeing a bleeding commitment in competition. For this, there is an even more advanced version, eager for competition and more technically typed: the CBR 1000 RR SP2.
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CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP 2017
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medium: 5.75 l
about 300 km / h
The technical aspect
2018 Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP
- Tank: 16 liters
- Width: 715 mm
- Height: 1,125 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,404 mm
- Weight in running order: 195 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(76 x 55.1 mm)
at 13,000 rpm
at 11,000 rpm