The Fireblade’s evolution – since its introduction in 1992 – has been guided by the design philosophy of Total Control, and it has always set the benchmark for how a litre-class super sports machine should deliver its prodigious power.
2017 saw a major advance for the CBR1000RR Fireblade and whole a new chapter in its story. It was made much lighter and employed a higher-revving, more powerful engine, while also benefiting from a Showa 43mm ‘Big Piston’ inverted telescopic fork matched to the Balance Free Rear Cushion.
Featuring a Bosch 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) working through the ECU in conjunction with a new Throttle By Wire (TBW) system, with 9-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and ABS. The Riding Mode Select System offered an interface to adjust the machine’s power, engine braking and HSTC levels.
HI-PERFORMANCE 4-CYLINDER ENGINE
Featuring high-compression 13:1 pistons, the CBR1000RR revs like only a flat-plane inline-four can. It also makes ten horsepower more than our previous generation of CBR10000RR.
DUAL-STAGE FUEL INJECTION
The CBR1000RRs feature two sets of injectors per cylinder for both low- and high-rpm performance, instantaneous high-rpm response and great low-rpm metering and clean running. Refined EFI settings make the engine even more manageable, with smoother throttle response specifically at smaller throttle openings.
ASSISTED SLIPPER CLUTCH
Superbikes can deliver a great deal of back-torque through the driveline, upsetting handling-not the CBR1000RR models. Its Honda-designed assisted slipper clutch is the same type used on our MotoGP bikes. The design does away with the need for heavy clutch springs, ensuring full power transmission with smooth shifting and a light clutch pull at the lever.
THROTTLE BY WIRE
The CBR1000RR’s throttle-by-wire system works in concert with our Honda Selectable Torque Control. With the two, you get your choice of three engine power-delivery modes, plus two which you can custom program yourself.
HONDA ELECTRIC STEERING DAMPER (HESD)
Most steering dampers only sense handlebar-deflection speed. The Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) is much more sophisticated. It also detects vehicle speed, and adjusts damping proportionally. That helps maintain low-speed manoeuvrability while providing excellent, predictable high-speed handling.
Almost a full pound lighter than our previous generation, the CBR1000RR sub-frame further refines our mass centralization efforts. Light is always right, and these models are the lightest CBR1000RRs we’ve ever produced.
These CBR1000RRs are much slimmer than previous models in the tank/seat junction area, and also in the upper cowl (more than 24mm trimmer). This improves aerodynamics, and the narrow tank makes it easier to tuck in.
THIN FILM TRANSFER DISPLAY
TFT means an instrument display that’s lighter and easier to read than previous LCD designs. It’s a first for Honda, and it’s made its premiere on the CBR1000RRs.
FULL LED LIGHTING PACKAGE
Headlights, tail lights, turn signals-with the CBR1000RRs it’s all done with lightweight, efficient, cool LEDs.