Honda’s legendary CBR1000RR SP has undergone a major overhaul for the 2017 model year, with a 33 lb. weight reduction and 10 horsepower increase resulting in a 14% improvement in power-to-weight ratio, according to the company.
First introduced overseas in 1992 (and in the U.S. shortly thereafter), Honda’s largest CBR has often been the the epitome of what an open-class sport bike should be. The 25th anniversary CBR1000RR SP should put Honda back to that level with its fully loaded features and cutting-edge electronics package.
The Fireblade (as it is called in Europe) is highlighted by rider adjustable electronics package along with nimble handling and great acceleration, said the company during its unveiling at INTERMOT on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Honda pulled out all the stops, too, with former MotoGP Champion and current WSBK rider Nicky Hayden on hand to introduce the bike.
The CBR1000RR SP has received a vast array of improvements, including some that come straight from the RC213V-S. Electronics play a big role, including semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension (S-EC), plus a number of rider aids built around the five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
Power and torque have been increased through a higher compression ratio and revised cam timing, while ample use of magnesium (engine covers) and titanium (muffler and—for the first time on a mass-production road bike—fuel tank) have reduced weight and improved mass centralization.
The twin-spar aluminum frame’s rigidity balance has been finely adjusted, and the swingarm is stiffer. Brembo monobloc four-piston front brake calipers use high-performance track-ready brake pads, while a narrower radiator and new bodywork achieve a slimmer profile.
In addition to the CBR1000RR SP, Honda is also offering a competition-focused, limited-production CBR1000RR SP2, which comes with larger valves and lighter forged-aluminum Marchesini wheels.
MSRP has yet to be announced but the two sport bikes will be delivered to dealers starting in March for the SP and May for the SP2.
Honda also unveiled the new CB1100 RS and EX at the press conference at INTERMOT. This “heritage” model has been updated with modern electronics but still retains the classic look of the original. The 2017 CB1100 EX features new stainless steel spoke wheels, LED lights and new, shorter muffler. While the RS is the sportier version of the two with cast-aluminum 17˝ wheels.