2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS Review

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2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS
2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS

2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS Review

2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS

The Essential Superbike…

It’s hard to improve on a machine that’s already as good as Honda’s incredible CBR1000RR C-ABS. You can build a faster bike or one with more power, but probably nothing that combines power, handling, riding quality, and overall build quality to the degree this versatile open-class sportbike does.

And that’s a huge issue. Riders everywhere are rediscovering the fact that they want a motorcycle that sets high standards, but sets them in a balanced way. CBR riders have known that for decades. And they know another secret: a better balanced bike can actually be faster than one with just a lot of power.

This year we’re again offering the CBR1000RR C-ABS in two versions, one with Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), the first ever on a production Superbike.

Finding the sweet spot in Superbike design means attaining that perfect balance between power and handling-a balance point that allows the bike to function as an integrated, complete package for superior feel and performance. And that’s exactly what the Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS brings to the table. Credit the race-proven 999cc engine that smoothly pumps out huge midrange power and torque for class-leading real-world muscle. And the lightweight aluminum frame is equipped with a modern-design Big Piston Fork and Honda’s Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension system that features a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock-all to sharpen the CBR1000RR C-ABS’s renowned ultra-responsive middleweight-style handling. The aggressive bodywork isn’t there just for good looks; it’s also been designed and tested to provide the correct aerodynamic flow that aids high-speed handling. In short, the CBR1000RR C-ABS simply defines the pure essence of all that a liter-class sportbike should be.



2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS Key Features

New for 2013

– C-ABS model available in Black.

– 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder

– Standard against which all other literbikes are measured

Second-Generation HESD.

The compact second-generation HESD helps maintain predictable high-speed handling and low-speed maneuverability. Way more sophisticated than a simple fixed-rate damper, it’s one of the keys to the CBR1000RR C-ABS’s extraordinary handling.

LCD Instrumentation.

The CBR1000RR C-ABS’s full-screen LCD instrumentation includes a lap timer, trip and fuel-consumption computer, five-level customizable shift indicator, gear-position indicator and peak-rpm memory function.

Combined ABS Brakes.

The CBR1000RR C-ABS’s Combined ABS (C-ABS) system is the first of its kind on a Superbike. Even the most critical motorcycle testers rave about how well they work. Find out what the experts have to say about this revolutionary feature.

Additional Features

– Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories†

– Color-Matched Passenger Seat Cowl, Carbon Fiber-Look License Plate Frame, Carbon Fiber-Look Tank Trim, Carbon Fiber-Look Fuel Lid Cover, Carbon Fiber-Look Rear Cowl, Energy Seat, Rear Tire Hugger

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.


2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS Features and Benefits

Honda Electronic Steering Damper

LCD Instruments

The CBR1000RR C-ABS’s full-screen LCD instrumentation includes a lap timer, trip and fuel-consumption computer, five-level customizable shift indicator, gear-position indicator and peak-rpm memory function.

12-Spoke Wheels

With their consistent rigidity and balance, these sharp-looking 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels work with the BPF fork to enhance suspension feedback to deliver real handling improvements.

BPF Front Suspension

The CBR1000RR C-ABS’s front suspension uses a Big Piston Fork (BPF). The 43mm Showa fork is smoother and more responsive, and gives you excellent front-end feedback.

Layered Fairing

There’s no mistaking the 2013 CBR1000RR C-ABS, thanks to its Layered Fairing bodywork. Lean, mean, more aggressive from front to back, it’s a real attention getter, even when it’s standing still.

Electronic Combined Anti-Lock Braking (C-ABS)

Electronically controlled Combined ABS distributes brake force over both wheels, helping to maintain braking confidence in less than ideal conditions. The system electronically measures rider input on the brake lever and pedal and applies only the front or rear brake in some cases, or combines both brakes in other situations.

Dual-Stage Fuel Injection

Two sets of injectors per cylinder for both low- and high-rpm performance. Instantaneous high-rpm response, along with great low-rpm metering and clean running.

Assisted Slipper Clutch

Superbikes can deliver a great deal of backtorque through the driveline, upsetting handling. Not the CBR1000RR C-ABS. Its Honda-designed Assisted Slipper Clutch is the same type used on our MotoGP bikes. The design does away with the need for heavy clutch springs ensuring full power transmission with smooth shifting and a light clutch pull at the lever.

Twin-Spar Aluminum Chassis

Four-piece aluminum frame design balances strength, rigidity, and lightness. Wrapped tightly around the engine, the structure helps centralize the CBR1000RR C-ABS’s mass for more responsive handling–some of the best anywhere on two wheels.

Unit Pro-Link® Rear Suspension

The CBR1000RR C-ABS features premium suspension front and rear. In the back, the Unit Pro Link design uses a Balance Free Rear shock that uses a double-tube design for smoother and more accurate response.

Gull-Wing Swingarm

The CBR1000RR C-ABS’s braced aluminum “gull wing” swingarm is deliberately long. That helps deliver improved traction and gives the rider excellent chassis feedback.




2013 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $14,899 USD

Model: CBR1000RR C-ABS

Engine Type: 999.8cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder

Bore and Stroke: 76.0mm x 55.1mm

Compression ratio: 12.3:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) with 46mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping

Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed

Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain

Front: 43mm inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Rear: Unit Pro-Link Balance-Free Rear Shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel

Front: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs
Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc
Honda Electronic Combined ABS

Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial

Wheelbase: 55.5 inches

Rake (Caster Angle): 23.0° 3′

Trail: 96.0mm (3.8 inches)

Seat Height: 32.3 inches

Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gallons, including 1.06-gallon reserve

Estimated Fuel Economy**: 41 MPG

CBR1000RR C-ABS: Black

Curb Weight*: 465 pounds (CBR100RR C-ABS)

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.

**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

Meets current EPA standards.

Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.

Specifications subject to change.




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