THE MASS-CENTRALISED ONE
2004/05 CBR1000RR Fireblade
The Blade became a litre bike with a 998cc motor in a new chassis with Unit Pro-link swingarm.
Honda’s HESD electronic steering damper was debuted.
The Blade gained radial brakes and a radial master cylinder.
HM Plant Honda’s Michael Rutter won the 2004 Blade’s first ever race at Silverstone in the BSB opener, and also became the first rider to top 200mph at the North West 200.