EICMA: Honda updates standard Fireblade, introduces track-oriented version

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Want a faster Fireblade? Honda’s heard your pleas, and has updated the CBR1000RR Fireblade, and also introduced a track-oriented CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

1000 cc supersports not faster enough Of course not.
1000 cc supersports not faster enough Of course not.

The standard Fireblade gets some minor updates; there’s a new cylinder head and exhaust, they’ve tweaked the fuel injection to boost top-end power and mid-range torque. The exhaust sees some minor changes. Footpegs and handlebars have been adjusted for a more aggressive riding position, and otherwise the chassis is unchanged. Nothing very shocking here.

Nice arse.
Nice arse.

On the other hand, the track-oriented SP edition is getting some very tasty upgrades. This machine is getting Öhlins suspension in front (43 mm forks) and back, four-piston Brembo monobloc brake calipers, a revised frame and new top and bottom steering yolks with less flex. There’s also a second-generation Honda Electronic Steering Damper to keep things from going sideways.

Cue sound of sirens.
Cue sound of sirens.

Honda designed this as a solo bike; there’s no pillion seat, and the rear subframe has been re-designed accordingly. The 17-inch wheels have Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires (20/70ZR17 in front and 190/50ZR17 in rear).

The SP version also gets the same motor and riding position changes as the standard Fireblade.


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