2017 HONDA FIREBLADE
Cooking-model Blade is third new CBR100RR for 2017
DEFYING MARKETING LOGIC by saving the least till last, Honda have revealed details of the third new Fireblade of 2017, the base-model CBR1000RR. So while we’re still drinking in the top-spec details of the Fireblade SP and race homologation SP2 shown a month ago, now we also have the standard-issue CBR to bring us down to earth.
But hopefully not by too much. As expected, the base Blade misses out on the SP and SP2’s semi-active Öhlins NIX30 forks and TTX36 shock manually adjusted 43mm Showa Big Piston forks and BFRC shock the Blade has used since 2012. However, many riders will doubtless prefer to opt for the standard Blade’s mechanical simplicity.
The stock 2017 Honda’s standard forks and shock also pretty much retain the previous Blade’s dimensions: according to Honda’s figures, the stocker sits 1mm higher on its springs than the SPs (giving that vital extra 1mm more ground clearance), as did the old Blade. But, curiously, Honda also claim it has 12mm more seat height than either the old bike or the SPs – though there’s no reason why it should.
The new low-spec Blade is also claimed to be 1kg heavier fully fuelled than the SPs, at 196kg. That still represents a colossal 15kg or so weight loss from the previous CBR1000RR’s 211kg wet figure. Much of that is down to a revised exhaust and titanium end can, various magnesium engine covers, a lighter
Base model lacks semi-active suspension of SPs