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2017 Honda CBR1000RR Review
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Superbikes have always been special machines, offering levels of power, handling, and refinement no other streetbikes can match. The new 25th anniversary CBR1000RR is a Superbike where the rider comes first. Where you get a degree of connection unlike anything in the class. Available in three distinct model options this year, it’s designed to dominate in the most important category of all: rider satisfaction.
The all-new 2017 CBR1000RR is lighter, more powerful and faster than any CBR1000RR we’ve ever produced. Trackdays your specialty? Racetrack riding puts special demands on any machine, and you’ll find Honda’s new CBR1000RR SP is up to that challenge. Available in limited numbers, it has all the features of our new 2017 CBR1000RR, but adds premium Ã–hlins electronic suspension, Brembo brakes, a titanium muffler, and more. In addition to the SP, Honda is offering an even more exotic CBR1000RR SP2 in extremely limited numbers for the most serious enthusiasts and professional racers. The CBR1000RR SP2 incorporates all the special features of the CBR1000RR SP, and adds bigger intake and exhaust valves and lighter forged Marchesini wheels.
First introduced overseas in 1992 (and in the U.S. shortly thereafter), Honda’s largest CBR has continuously reset expectations of what an open-class sport bike should be, with a holistic “Total Control” design approach that focuses on cornering, acceleration and braking. That practice is taken to the next level with the 25th anniversary CBR1000RR, which has a 14% better power-to-weight ratio thanks to a weight reduction of 33 lbs. and a 10 horsepower increase. Fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package, the CBR1000RR is underpinned by the “Next Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Power to weight ratio is improved by 14% – reaching the best level ever for the Fireblade – thanks to a 16kg weight reduction and 8kW power boost. Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake, New ABS, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector, Full Showa suspension and RC213V-S MotoGP derived technology.
Power up, weight down
Lighter, more powerful, easier to control. The CBR1000RR’s 16-valve DOHC engine has received an impressive array of improvements for 2017, resulting in a 10 horsepower increase and contributing to a significant overall weight reduction. Yet even with a 14 percent improvement in power-to-weight ratio (between comparable ABS models), the new CBR maintains its user-friendly character, due in large part to its cutting-edge electronics package that’s a key feature of the bike’s Next Stage Total Control design concept.
The engine revs harder and higher, thanks to an increase in compression ratio to 13:1 from 12.3:1, revised cam timing and valve lift, and a higher 13,000 rpm rev limit. The pistons feature an optimized wall thickness and a new crown design, while the piston rings have Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating that improves sealing. Polished inlet and exhaust ports in the cylinder head and “gas-flowed” combustion chambers improve efficiency, and the intake funnels are “slash cut”, a design used in World Superbike.
A magnesium oil pan and ignition cover, a lighter Assist Slipper Clutch (with a 17 percent easier pull at the lever), lighter but stronger transmission gears, even a careful analysis of the shape and length of bolts, hoses and clamps, all contribute to an engine that’s 2 kg (4.4 lbs) lighter for 2017.
Lightweight titanium muffler
The new titanium irregular-cross-section muffler shaves a full 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) from the CBR’s overall weight, while also creating an unmistakable sound at open throttle. The exhaust supplier to the Repsol Honda MotoGP team was asked to develop the prototype and produced an exquisite design with the 4-2-1 double-layer downpipes incorporating the exhaust valve within the first main pipe.
The CBR1000RR’s new cutting-edge electronic control system allows you to tailor the bike’s performance exactly the way you like it. Central to the system is the 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) gyro, which precisely measures what the machine is doing, in every plane. It works with the fuel-injection ECU, the new Throttle By Wire system – the first on an inline-four Honda – and even the ABS system to provide unparalleled ride control right at your fingertips.
Choose your Riding Mode
Riding full-out on the track on Saturday, then taking a leisurely spin on your favourite twisty road on Sunday? The Riding Mode Select System makes it easy to program the CBR’s electronic controls for various types of riding situations. Accessed via the instrument panel and switches beside the left handgrip, RMSS lets you choose – on the fly – between five different combinations of electronic control: three modes offer preset combinations of engine power level, rear-wheel traction and wheelie control, and engine braking strength, while two additional user settings allow you to customize combinations to your exact preferences.
Full rider control
Here’s what the Riding Mode Select System allows you to control. Power Selector (5 levels), which regulates engine power from peak output in all six gears at Level 1 to gentler power increase at Level 5 (all levels have the same throttle response on initial opening). Honda Selectable Torque Control (9 levels and off), which manages rear-wheel traction and front-wheel lift under acceleration. Selectable Engine Brake Control (3 levels), which regulates the amount of engine-braking force when you roll off the throttle.
Larger EFI throttle bodies
The CBR’s Dual-Stage Fuel Injection system features two sets of injectors per cylinder for instantaneous high-rpm response, great low-rpm fuel metering, and clean running. Refined EFI settings and larger throttle bodies (48 mm vs 46 mm) make the engine even more manageable, with smoother throttle response particularly at smaller throttle openings.
The 43 mm fork incorporates Showa’s latest Big Piston technology with a larger damping-oil 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 overall damping action for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback, and a more solid feel during hard braking. At the back, the 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.
The CBR1000RR’s new gyro-assisted ABS takes anti-lock braking technology to an even higher level. Using lean-angle data from the IMU and both front- and rear-wheel speed sensors, the system allows hard trail braking into corners and limits rear-wheel lift – preventing the rear of the machine from elevating or “backing in” around the front. Radial-mount front brake calipers use newly developed brake pads with a high coefficient of friction that perform better at the elevated temperatures created during aggressive riding.
Even better handling
The hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminum frame’s rigidity balance has been significantly adjusted to give even sweeter handling with outstanding steering response, feel and stability. And it’s even lighter than ever – by about 800 grams – thanks to a thinning of the frame walls in particular sections. Same thing with the Unit Pro-Link swingarm, which has had the thickness of each section adjusted to save approximately 100 grams while maintaining transverse rigidity and increasing torsional rigidity.
Most steering dampers only sense handlebar-deflection speed. The Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) is way more sophisticated. It also detects vehicle speed, and adjusts damping proportionally. This helps maintain low-speed maneuverability while providing predictable high-speed handling.
New Y-shape aluminum wheels have five spokes instead of six for improved aerodynamic stability, while thickness has been reduced to cut weight by approximately 100 grams.
Like the exotic RC213V-S, the CBR1000RR uses a full-colour TFT liquid-crystal instrument panel that automatically adjusts to ambient light. It includes a speedometer, tachometer and odometers, plus indicators for gear position, shift-up point (rider adjustable), fuel economy, distance to empty, and more. And by choosing one of three modes – Street, Circuit or Mechanic – the panel also reveals a wealth of additional data. Street shows you the Riding Mode you’re in plus the settings for each parameter: P (Power Selector), T (Honda Selectable Torque Control), and EB (Selectable Engine Brake). Circuit adds to these the lap time, number of laps, and difference from the best lap. Mechanic displays such info as grip angle, coolant temperature and battery voltage.
The CBR’s sleek, lightweight new bodywork wraps around the chassis and engine tightly, adding to the bike’s compact proportions and aerodynamic efficiency. The upper fairing has been narrowed by 24 mm, and the surface angle of the headlights and the contouring of the side slits support stability at speed. In a racing crouch the rider is tucked well out of the airstream, and in normal riding situations air pressure is evenly distributed on the rider’s shoulders, back and sides.
Bright LED lighting
All lighting is crisp LED, with the twin front headlights offering high/low beam on both sides. The new headlights also save a full half-kilogram of high-mounted weight, further improving the CBR1000RR’s mass centralization.
A compact car-style wave-design ignition key offers improved security and greatly reduces the chance of breakage.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
•Valve lift and timing have been optimized for higher engine speeds, with the maximum raised fro 12,250 to 13,000 rpm.
•Thickness of different areas of pistons optimized, retaining same weight while increasing compression ratio from 12.3:1 to 13.0:1.
•A new air-intake duct and air box with reduced air resistance, with a throttle-body bore that is up 2mm to 48mm. Fuel-discharge pressure is up 14%, promoting fuel atomization and raising combustion efficiency, while throttle response is improved by intake funnels with a slash-cut design.
•Magnesium construction of the oil pan and ignition cover contribute to a 4.4 lb. reduction in engine weight.
•Assist force in the slipper clutch has been increased, resulting in a 17% lower clutch-spring load. Die-cast aluminum assist cams (transmitting & receiving) reduce weight, while optimized clearance between the cams improve clutch-lever feel.
•Derived from the RC213V-S, the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) measures front and rear wheel speeds and body roll angle, and also uses attitude-detection technology developed for ASIMO.
•Wheelie behavior is electronically mitigated during acceleration; based on wheel speeds, the ECU decreases the throttle-valve opening to reduce torque.
•The slip rate of the rear wheel is restrained during cornering and acceleration; torque is controlled based on vehicle roll angle, such as when turning, contributing to a sense of security during the riding experience.
•The rider can choose how strongly the engine brake is applied when the throttle is closed during deceleration; three levels of adjustability are available, depending on rider preference.
•A quick shifter allows shifting up or down without use of the throttle or clutch; the driving load on gears is reduced during shifting, simplifying the rider’s shifting process on the track, on winding roads or in traffic. For both upshifting and downshifting, feel can be adjusted between three levels.
•Adapted from the RC213V-S, the throttle-by-wire system (a first on a straight-four Honda) features a built-in Accelerator Position Sensor and improves response and rideability.
•A first on a Honda, the full-color thin-film-transistor liquid crystal meter features Street, Circuit and Mechanic displays and is designed to be less intrusive for the rider.
•A five-level Power Selector enables on-the-fly adjustment of riding modes, HSTC and suspension electronics, adapting the machine to changing conditions.
•The lithium-ion battery is one-half the weight of the previous, lead-acid battery. Service life is improved, and the central mounting location helps improve mass centralization.
•Portions of frame walls have been thinned down to reduce weight by 300 grams while maintaining appropriate flexibility.
•Redesigned die-cast aluminum subframe is 800 grams lighter.
•Swingarm section thicknesses have been adjusted resulting in weight reduction of 300 grams lighter and an increase in torsional rigidity.
•Wheels have five Y-spokes instead of six for improved aerodynamic stability, while thickness has been reduced to cut weight by approximately 100 grams.
•Radiator has a new high-density core that achieves same level of heat dissipation while reducing width by 30mm and weight by approximately 100 grams overall.
•Minimalist, aggressive, aerodynamic design reduces widths at front of fairings; top fairing is 24mm narrow and middle fairing is 18mm narrower.
•Showa 43mm large-volume BPF inverted fork and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock.
•Highly rigid Tokico four-piston opposed radial-mounted front-brake calipers with high-friction brake pads provide strong stopping power.
•Available in standard and ABS versions.
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USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16999 USD
Engine Type 998cc liquid-cooled in-line-four-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x Stroke 76.0mm x 55.0mm
Compression Ratio 13:1
Induction PGM-FI; 48mm throttle bodies
Ignition Digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Transmission 6 speed
Final Drive 16T/43T; chain
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Front 43mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear “Unit Pro-Link® single shock; 5.2 in. travel
Front Two 320mm discs w/ hydraulic calipers
Rear Single 220mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers
Rake (Caster Angle) 23.3º
Trail 96mm (3.8 in.)
Seat Height 32.3 in.
Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal.
Color Victory Red; Matte Black Metallic
Curb Weight* 430 lbs.
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Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled inline four cylinder
Bore & Stroke
76 mm x 55 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM – Dual Stage Fuel Injection
Close-ratio six-speed (Quickshifter – optional accessory)
#530 O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension
Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120 mm (4.7 in.) travel
Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 138.2 mm (5.4 in.) travel. Rear Balance Free Rear Cushion with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 62 mm (2.44 in.) travel
Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial
Front: electronically controlled ABS – 320 mm dual hydraulic disc with Tokico radial mounted calipers and high performance track ready pads Rear: electronically controlled ABS – 220 mm hydraulic disc
832 mm (32.7 in.)
1,405 mm (55.3 in.)
196 kg (432 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Red/Black/White, Matte Black Metallic
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
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European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 76 x 55
Engine Displacement (cc) 999cc
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Max. Power Output 141kW/13,000rpm
Max. Torque 114Nm/11,000rpm
Oil Capacity (Litres) 3.4
Suspension 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
Suspension 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.
Tyres Front 120/70ZR17 58W
Tyre Size Rear 190/50ZR17 73W
Wheels Front 17 inch
Wheels Rear 17 inch
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Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V-7AH(Li-ion)
Caster Angle 23°20′
Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2,065mm x 720mm x 1125mm
Frame type Diamond; aluminium composite twin spar
Ground Clearance (mm) 130mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 196kg
Seat Height (mm) 832mm
Trail (mm) 96mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1405mm
Clutch Wet, multiplate with diaphragm spring with assist slipper
Final Drive Chain
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