MOTORCYCLES - 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade news
15 November 2016
Model updates: The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade goes to the next stage of Total Control. 90% of major components are new. Power to weight ratio is improved by 14% - reaching the best level ever for the Fireblade - thanks to a 15kg weight reduction and 8kW power boost. It’s also equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake, new ABS, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector, full Showa suspension and RC213V-S MotoGP derived technology.
1992. And something new stunned the motorcycling world. Radical thinking from Honda focused on the ratio between power and weight and the CBR900RR Fireblade arrived fully formed at the perfect balance point between the two.
Physically smaller and much more agile than the larger capacity competition, its four-cylinder engine also packed real punch. The Fireblade reset expectations of just what an open-class sports bike should be, and what it could do in an era when outright horsepower and straight-line speed had long held centre stage.
Over the following 25 years the Fireblade has seen many changes and been through many evolutions – each underpinned by the concept of Total Control. Each generation has built on the legacy of the original Fireblade, providing a superbly balanced package that works incredibly well on track and, even more importantly, is both exhilarating and uniquely rewarding to ride out on the open road.
The fact the Fireblade is so good when actually raced on real roads – at the Isle of Man TT, for instance, where it is the most successful 1000cc machine ever with 23 wins to its name – is testament to its speed, handling and ability to perform in the most testing and extreme of ‘real world’ conditions.
Scroll to 2017 and there is a new CBR1000RR Fireblade. Three of them in fact: the CBR1000RR Fireblade, CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. And Honda’s engineers have remained true to the first principles of the original project – power to weight – with the focus on handling, cornering and acceleration.
Thus, the benchmark CBR1000RR Fireblade is significantly lighter than the outgoing model, makes more power and has a cutting edge electronics package that underpins the project’s development concept of Next Stage Total Control.
It is everything that a Fireblade should be.
* See separate CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and SP2 press kits for information.
Mr M. Sato, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CBR1000RR Fireblade
“All 1000cc sportsbikes are extraordinary examples of high performance engineering. But for us, for our new Fireblade we want extraordinary to be the pleasure of handling and controlling such a machine. Its true purpose - wherever it’s ridden - is to enjoy something that is not normally experienced in everyday life, something that cannot be surpassed.
The very first CBR900RR remains a milestone in our history, and an inspiration we have drawn on to radically reduce weight and increase power. And, to go to Next Stage Total Control, we have added an electronic control system that is there to support the rider, totally.
What then can our new Fireblade promise our customers? That is simple – the pure joy of riding.”
CBR1000RR Fireblade – Next Stage Total Control