’Blade sharper than ever
AUSTRALIA’S top-selling sportsbike has gone on a diet.
The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is claimed to be even lighter than the 199kg current model, but Honda isn’t releasing technical details such as weight just yet.
Honda Australia spokesman Glyn Griffiths says the bike will arrive late this year at a price yet to be announced.
‘‘The price has remained steady until April 2010 when it actually came down to the current price of $17,990,’’ he says.
The Blade is still the topselling sportsbike and sixthbest-selling road bike in Australia, but sales are down in the first half of the year from 296 to 282 or 4.7 per cent.
Griffiths says he hopes the changes to the new bike will help lift sales.
Changes include revised looks, suspension modifications, lightweight 12-spoke wheels and new instruments that now incorporate a lap timer, gear position indicator and tachometer with four modes of display.
Most updates are up front with a line-beam headlight and sharp air intake shapes.
It is available in red, black and tri-colour, but Griffiths says the colours offered here have not yet been decided. Honda claims handling has been improved with a doubletube rear shock used for the first time on a production bike.
It is claimed to ensure smoother and more accurate response, better damping and improved traction.
The front features inverted 43mm telescopic front forks with Showa’s Big Piston technology for improved damping, increased front-tyre grip and better stability under braking.
The new 12-spoke cast aluminium wheels are also claimed to provide more consistent rigidity around the wheel to work with the new forks.
sus- pension and wheel changes provide a better mechanical grip without the need for electronic traction aids as used by BMW, Aprilia and Ducati in their sportsbikes.
The Blade also features new fuel injection settings for the 999cc inline-four engine to make throttle response smoother, particularly off idle.
Honda hopes sales will lift with the introduction of the new CBR1000RR Fireblade