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2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS Review
2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS on Totalmotorcycle.com
The new 2014 CBR1000RR Fireblade.
The original 1992 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade created a revolution in open class Super Sport motorcycle design. Its combination of big-hitting litre-bike power and light, middleweight-size chassis created a breathtaking – yet very useable – riding experience on open road or closed circuit. From 2004 to date the CBR1000RR’s story is one of constant evolution and development. Honda’s ‘Total Control’ concept – a design philosophy running continuously through every single model – has resulted in a motorcycle in total balance, combining exceptional performance and handling with a satisfying ability to extract the very best from every rider.
For 2014 it is once again evolution for the CBR1000RR – with an additional, new direction. Its 999.8cc, 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine’s has received extensive work, with Honda’s engineers focusing on the cylinder head – re-shaping the inlet and exhaust ports and polishing the combustion chambers ‘gas-flow’ to improve efficiency. This has effectively improved both the quality and quantity of airflow at high rpm when air resistance becomes much greater; increasing combustion efficiency and outright power. The valve seats have also been revised to match the cylinder head work and the intake funnels are now ‘slash cut’, a design used in WSB.
The engine now makes more power and revs higher, and harder for longer. Peak power of 133kW – up 2kW – arrives at 12,250rpm; torque is improved in the 4-6,000rpm area peaking with 114Nm delivered at 10,500rpm. As ever, the all-round usability of such a potent engine – especially throttle control at partial openings – has been a principal factor for Honda’s engineers. Key is the Programmed Dual Sequential Fuel Injection system (PGM-DSFI).
Remapped to match the revised cylinder head and updated power and torque output, PGM-DSFI delivers precise fuelling and an accessible power delivery, especially at low speeds and low rpm, where response is particularly refined, predictable and progressive. The MotoGP-derived slipper clutch ensures full power transmission together with ultra-smooth gear shifting and light feel at the lever. In the critical hard braking, back-shifting corner-entry phase it decreases the torque passed from engine to the rear wheel, reducing the chance of traction loss and increasing stability.
The aluminium gull-wing swingarm is deliberately long. It operates through MotoGP-derived Unit Pro-Link rear suspension to deliver outstanding traction and rider feedback. In response to customer feedback, the 2014 CBR1000RR riding position has been made more aggressive. The foot pegs are set 10mm further back, and the handlebars made wider, and brought 1 degree lower and 5 degrees forward compared to the previous model. A new compact car-style ‘wave’ design ignition key offers improved security and greatly reduces the chance of breakage. Also new is the fuel tank cap – it uses an improved breather design for better venting. The CBR1000RR uses multi-function LCD instrumentation with a cockpit display dominated by the digital bar-type linear tachometer that scrolls left to right as engine speed increases. Beneath this are the main numerical readouts: gear position, coolant temperature, speedometer, clock/lap time, trip/fuel efficiency/fuel consumption and odometer/numerical tachometer. At the bottom of the display are lights for headlight high beam, neutral and indicators.
Honda’s high-performance electronically-controlled Combined Anti-lock Brake System (electronic Combined ABS) is an option on the CBR1000RR.
Connection – that desperately sought after, but rarely achieved, interface between man and machine, where the one seems to simply become an extension of the other. The CBR1000RRA achieves this elusive harmony with what Honda calls its ‘Total Control’ concept. Extensive testing and fine-tuning of every point of contact between rider and machine has resulted in a motorcycle that a good rider will find almost instinctual in operation. Perhaps this is why the CBR1000RRA was so dominant at the Isle of Man TT this year, sweeping the top three positions at a track notorious for difficult and unforgiving character. The feeling of Total Control is appreciated just as much on the street as it is on the racetrack, and no doubt part of the reason that Honda’s CBRs enjoy such a strong reputation for everyday usability. Also contributing to that reputation is a level of comfort rarely found in a machine this aggressive, add race-spec electronic ABS and you begin to understand why this incredible machine is so popular with both racers and street riders. Upgrades to the cylinder head, exhaust and fuel injection system for 2014 increase power and torque, but engineers were careful to ensure the CBR1000RRA’s intuitive nature remained intact. Honda is also offering a 2014 SP version with a stronger focus on track use, while retains the excellent balance, and painstakingly achieved emphasis, on Total Control.
2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
•Honda Electronic Steering Damper
•Honda Electronic Combined ABS
•Big Piston Fork Front Suspension
Even Better For 2014.
We’ve increased power with a revised cylinder head, exhaust and air intake. We’ve also changed the riding position and added a new windscreen to improve rider-vehicle connection, especially in track use. We even went with a new-wave key to reduce weight.
Front and Rear Suspension.
The CBR1000RR ABS features suspension in both front and rear. Up front, the 43mm Big Piston Showa fork is smoother and more responsive; in the back, the Unit Pro-Link design uses a balance-free rear shock with a double-tube design for a smoother response and better road-holding feel (traction performance).
The CBR1000RR 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.
Revolutionary Doesn’t Begin To Describe These Brakes.
The available Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS) 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.
2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
For 2014, Honda engineers focused on the CBR1000RRA’s 999.8cc, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder engine’s cylinder head – the inlet and exhaust ports were re-shaped and polished with the combustion chambers ‘gas-flowed’ to improve efficiency. Gas-flowing (flow-testing through an air-flow bench) effectively improves both the quality and quantity of airflow at high rpm when air resistance becomes much greater; increased combustion efficiency and outright power are the result. The valve seats have also been revised to match the cylinder head work and the intake funnels are now ‘slash cut’, a design used in WSB..
Bore and stroke remain at 76mm x 55.1mm with compression ratio set at 12.3:1 but the engine now makes more power while revving higher, harder and longer. Peak power arrives at 12,250rpm; torque is improved in the 4-6,000rpm area peaking at 8,500rpm. A nickel-silicon carbide (Ni-SiC) surface treatment on the cylinder walls reduces friction and ensures reliability..
Remapped to match the revised cylinder head and uprated power and torque output, PGM-DSFI delivers precise fuelling and easily controlled power delivery, especially at low speeds and low rpm, where response is particularly refined, predictable and progressive. At throttle openings of up to 25% the PGM-DSFI delivers relatively fine and consistent changes in power and torque output – perfect for extracting maximum drive at full lean. As throttle openings become larger, the changes in output are progressively greater and the overall result is an engine that responds with great accuracy to rider throttle input, giving superb feel from the rear tire and highly usable, linear acceleration..
At 35 mm (down from 38 mm) the exhaust pipe diameters are smaller, increasing torque and a new for 2014 vertical connecting pipe balances pressure between cylinders two and three. The integral high-absorption catalyzer has a larger volume: together with the oxygen sensor fuelling is constantly tailored for the most efficient combustion mixture..
The MotoGP-derived slipper clutch ensures full power transmission together with ultra-smooth gear shifting and light feel at the lever. In the critical hard braking, down-shifting corner-entry phase it decreases the torque passed from engine to the rear wheel, reducing the chance of traction loss increasing stability..
The CBR1000RRA’s die-cast aluminum twin-spar frame balances the strength, rigidity and lightness required for Super Sport-specification handling and a favorable power-to-weight ratio. Tightly wrapped around the main components, it also contributes to mass centralization, a guiding principle of Honda’s racing and road-going design philosophy..
The 43 mm fork incorporates Showa’s latest Big Piston Fork technology with a larger damping volume to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated as the fork legs compress and extend. The result is more precise action during the initial stroke and smoother damping action for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback, and a more solid feel during hard braking..
The aluminum gull-wing swingarm is deliberately long and operates through the MotoGP-derived Unit Pro-Link rear suspension to deliver outstanding traction and rider feedback..
Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension features a patented Balance Free Rear Shock from Showa that incorporates a unique double-tube design featuring a damper case plus an internal cylinder for more-responsive, smoother damping action and a smoother transition between compression and rebound, resulting in improved traction and road holding..
For well-balanced steering the second-generation Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) monitors speed and tailors damping force accordingly. It enhances stability at high speed by minimizing the effect of sudden steering angle changes, while also leaving the steering unrestricted – and light – at low speed..
Super-light aluminum-alloy hollow-spoke wheels feature race-spec 3.5 x 17-inch front and 6.0 x 17-inch rear dimensions..
The CBR1000RRA comes with the world’s first Electronically Controlled Combined ABS for sportbikes. This innovative system combines the benefits of anti-lock brakes and linked front and rear brakes to improve both braking control and safety — all without interfering with cornering ability or other aspects of sport performance. The system measures rider input on both the front brake lever and rear brake pedal (plus data from other sensors), then using sophisticated electronics and two separate power units, generates up to the maximum braking force on both wheels while also preventing wheel lockup. An innovative stroke simulator helps to maintain the same sort of feel at the brake lever and pedal as you’re used to. Combine this with the small size and weight of the components, and you have one amazing system. Full braking performance immediately available, giving you that extra peace of mind..
Front brake system features radial-mounted four-piston calipers and 320 mm floating discs, and rear brake system uses a 220 mm disc with a single-piston caliper for exceptional stopping power..
Centrally mounted 17.7-litre fuel tank is positioned low in the frame, increasing mass centralization and allowing for a more compact design..
Layered fairing design improves the flow of air through the cooling system and also creates a large pocket of calm air around the rider for better comfort. An integrated chin spoiler in the nose reduces aerodynamic lift to improve handling..
Multi-function LCD instrument panel communicates important information, plus includes a lap timer with memory function, five-level shift indicator, user-selectable modes for tachometer display, gear position indicator and more..
Line-beam headlight features two-piece reflector design utilizing two H7 bulbs for optimum light distribution and unique compact design..
LED taillights for improved appearance..
Lightweight maintenance-free battery..
A new compact car-style ‘wave’ design ignition key offers improved security and greatly reduces the chance of breakage..
Electronic Combined ABS
Honda’s high-performance electronically-controlled Combined Anti-lock Brake System (electronic Combined ABS) is an option on the CBR1000RR. The system has been used in every race since 2010 in the IDM German national championship by the Holzhauer Racing team, whose rider Karl Muggeridge won the series in 2011. It has also been used by the Honda TT Legends team in the Endurance World Championship series since 2011.
Electronic Combined ABS has a high level of precision and adjustability, due to the fact that it is a ‘brake-by-wire’ system. A dedicated ECU converts hydraulic pressure from the front and rear brake into an electronic signal passed to power units which in turn generate hydraulic pressure at the calipers.
The system’s electronic control has numerous benefits. Firstly, it eliminates the “pulsating” effect on the brake lever associated with conventional motorcycle ABS technology. It also allows the system to be activated instantly as soon as tyre slip is detected, minimising loss of grip and eliminating the possibility of locking a wheel. It also means there is absolutely precise control of the speed at which the brake callipers are activated. The result is extremely stable and neutral bike behaviour, giving the rider maximum feel and confidence, even under hard braking,
The combined element of the system varies the distribution characteristics of braking force as the front or rear brakes are applied and released. The system is set up so that when the rear brake is applied gently, the front brake is not activated. This allows the rider to use only the rear brake for small adjustments to speed, useful in Super Sports riding such as when settling the bike for corner entry.
2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $14,999 USD
999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke
76mm x 55.1mm
Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) with 46mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
DOHC; four valves per cylinder
#530 O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
43mm inverted Big Piston fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Unit Pro-Link® Balance Free Rear shock with spring preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel
Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs, Honda Electronic Combined ABS
Single caliper 220mm disc, Honda Electronic Combined ABS
23.0° 3′ (Caster Angle)
96.0mm (3.7 inches)
467.3 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Canadian MSRP Price: $15,999 CDN
Bore & Stroke
76 mm x 55.1 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Programmed Dual Sequential Fuel Injection system (PGM-DSFI)
43 mm inverted Big Piston Fork with full adjustability; 110 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Unit Pro-Link Balance Free Rear Shock with full adjustability; 138 mm (5.4 in.) travel
120/70ZR – 17 radial front; 190/50ZR – 17 radial rear
Front dual 320 mm discs with radial-mounted four-piston calipers; rear single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper. Electronically Controlled Combined race-spec ABS
820 mm (32.3 in.)
1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
211 kg (465 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2014 Honda CBR1000RR ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: £11,999; ABS £12,599 GBP
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
Bore Stroke 76 x 55.1mm
Compression Ratio 12.3:1
Max. Power Output 133kW @ 12,250rpm
(F-type: 78kW @ 11,000rpm)
Max. Torque 114Nm @ 10,500rpm
(F-type: 86Nm @ 7,000rpm)
Oil Capacity 3.7L
Carburation PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.5L
Fuel Consumption 50.8mpg (WMTC mode*)
Battery Capacity 12V/6AH
ACG Output 409W
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with diaphragm spring
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive #530 O-ring sealed chain
Type Diamond; aluminium composite twin-spar
Dimensions (L W H) 2,075 x 720 x 1,135mm
Caster Angle 23° 30′
Seat Height 820mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight 200kg (ABS: 211kg)
Type Front Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke
Type Rear Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 138.2mm stroke. Rear Balance Free Rear Cushion with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 62mm stroke.
Type Front 12-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear 12-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 17M/C x MT6
Tyres Front 120/70 -ZR17M/C (W)
Tyres Rear 190/50 -ZR17M/C (W)
ABS System Type Electronic Combined ABS
Type Front 320 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 220 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Gear position, coolant temperature, speedometer, clock/lap time, trip/fuel efficiency/fuel consumption and odometer/numerical tachometer
Security System HISS
Headlight 12V, 55W x 1 (low)/55W x 2 (high)
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.