Honda CBR1000RR SP

189bhp | 197kg | Seat height 831mm

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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

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