2017 HONDA FIRE­BLADE

Cook­ing-model Blade is third new CBR100RR for 2017

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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

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