Honda CBR1000RR SP
189bhp | 197kg | Seat height 831mm
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) Öhlins semi-active suspension Cornering ABS
You wait ages for a new Fireblade, then three come along at once.
Leading the impressive transformation in spec levels is a wild array of electronic control systems – all knitted together by the new five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which measures everything the Blade is doing, in every plane and delivers electronic assistance to the rider.
The SP is the first Honda motorcycle to be equipped with Öhlins S-EC suspension front and rear, using a NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock. The Suspension Control Unit (SCU) receives roll rate, yaw rate and lean angle information from a five-axis (three-axis acceleration and two-axis angular velocity) Bosch MM5.10 IMU gyro. It also gathers wheel speed, engine rpm, brake input and throttle angle from the FI-ECU and, depending on the suspension mode selected by the rider delivers optimal compression and damping force.
The SP uses a full-colour TFT liquid crystal dash that automatically adjusts to ambient light and features three display modes; Street, Circuit and Mechanic. There’s also a new Shift-up indicator, which comprises a horizontal line of five white LEDS, and displays for speed, revs, gear position, quickshifter, coolant temperature, riding distance and twin trip meters.
The SP is 14kg lighter than the old Blade, weighing in at 197kg (kerb).
A quickshifter and Downshift Assist are fitted as standard to enable clutchless gear changes.
Honda’s engineers have ripped the engine apart and hunted for every possible gain. The result is an additional 11bhp, the loss of 2kg and raised rev ceiling of 13,000rpm.
Peak power is now a claimed 189bhp @ 12,500rpm, with peak torque of 81.79ftlb @ 10,500rpm.
‘You wait ages for a new Fireblade, then three come at once’ ‘Honda engineers have hunted for every possible gain’
The new Fireblade is sharp and bristling with high tech Price £TBC