2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP Review

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP 2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP 2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP 2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP

UNCOMPROMISING SPORT PERFORMANCE.

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP Review on Total Motorcycle:

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 new-generation CBR1000RR SP, which has a high-performance power-to-weight ratio. Fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package, the CBR1000RR SP is underpinned by the “Next Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration.

 

Take riding to the next level

Underneath the skin of the new, sharper looking Fireblade is a unique assembly of the finest components you’ll ever find on a sports bike.

Defining features

A motorcycle built for sport as well as real-world riding.

The new CBR1000RR Fireblade has less weight, more power and advanced electronics – more than any previous Fireblade – that deliver outstanding performance wherever you ride.

A rider’s motorcycle

Fully equipped for the road and the track.

One of the CBR1000RR’s many outstanding features are the three selectable riding modes so you can program the machine to suit different conditions. It can be tuned to be comfortable and easy-going when you want it to be, yet feed the need for exhilarating action when adrenalin demands it.

 

 

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

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 new-generation CBR1000RR SP, which has a high-performance power-to-weight ratio. Fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package, the CBR1000RR SP is underpinned by the “Next Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration.

 

Power up, weight down

Light, powerful and easy to control. The 16-valve DOHC engine found in the CBR1000RR resuts in a 10 horsepower increase over the previous generation and a significant overall lightweight design. Powered by rich racing ?heritage and proven real world performance, the flagship CBR1000RR maintains its user-friendly character, specifically designed and dedicated to the concept of total control.

High-tech upgrades

Engineered with extraordinary precision and designed with powerful purpose, the high horsepower engine revs harder and higher thanks to its 13:1 compression ratio, advanced cam timing ?and high revving 13,000 rpm redline. The pistons feature an optimized wall thickness and 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.

Magnesium covers

From the use of a magnesium oil pan and ignition cover to a light Assist Slipper Clutch with light yet strong transmission gears, it ?all adds up to an engine that’s 2 kg (4.4 lbs) lighter than that found in its previous generation. This incredible attention to detail even included ?careful analysis on the precise shape and length of bolts, hoses and clamps.

Lightweight titanium muffler

The titanium irregular-cross-section muffler helps shave overall weight, while also creating an unmistakable sound at wide open throttle. The exhaust supplier to the Repsol Honda MotoGP team was tasked 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.

 

Cutting-edge electronics

The CBR1000RR features a cutting-edge electronic control system, allowing you to tailor its 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, 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

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.

Superb handling

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.

 

Advanced ABS

The CBR1000RR’s 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 lightweight hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminum frame’s rigidity balance delivers precise handling with outstanding steering response, feel and stability. The Unit Pro-Link swingarm has also had the thickness of each section adjusted to save on weight, while maintaining transverse rigidity and increasing torsional rigidity.

 

Steering control

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.

 

Lightweight wheels

The lightweight Y-shape aluminum wheels offer aerodynamic stability and strength with an attractive supersport design.

Multi-function display

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.

 

Wind-cutting shape

The CBR’s sleek, lightweight bodywork wraps around the chassis and engine tightly, adding to the bike’s compact proportions and aerodynamic efficiency. The narrow upper fairing and the surface angle of the headlights in conjunction with the contouring of the side slits all help support enhanced stability at high 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 brilliantly bright headlights also further improve the CBR1000RR’s mass centralization due to their lightweight versus traditional headlight systems.

 

Improved security

A compact car-style wave-design ignition key offers additional security and greatly reduces the chance of breakage.

 

 

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine/Drivetrain

  • Valve lift and timing are optimized for high engine speeds, with a peak of 13,000 rpm.
  • Thickness of different areas of pistons are optimized for minimum weight, and compression ratio is 13.0:1.
  • Piston rings have Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating for a superb sealing property.
  • Air-intake duct and air box design minimizes air resistance. High fuel-discharge pressure promotes fuel atomization and maximizes combustion efficiency, while throttle response is maximized by intake funnels with a slash-cut design.
  • Magnesium construction of the oil pan and ignition cover contribute to a low engine weight.
  • Slipper clutch has a low clutch-spring load. Die-cast aluminum assist cams (transmitting & receiving) contribute to a low weight, while optimized clearance between the cams make for a good clutch-lever feel.
  • On CB1000RR SP, lightweight titanium muffler helps concentrate mass. Its double pipe structure enables effective utilization of the expansion chamber, while the variable exhaust valve achieves a throaty sound and good power delivery across the rpm range.
  • 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.
  • Full-color thin-film-transistor liquid crystal meter features Street, Circuit, and Mechanic displays and is designed to not be 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.
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery helps centralize mass.

Chassis/Suspension

  • Optimized frame-wall and swingarm-section thicknesses for light weight and appropriate flex characteristics.
  • Lightweight die-cast aluminum subframe.
  • Wheels have five Y-spokes for aerodynamic stability, while thickness is minimized for low weight.
  • Radiator has a high-density core that achieves high heat dissipation while allowing a narrow width and low weight.
  • Minimalist, aggressive, aerodynamic design achieves narrow widths at front of fairings.
  • World’s first titanium fuel tank for a mass-production road bike is manufactured using ultra-deep drawing process, achieving low weight and high mass centralization.
  • The CBR1000RR SP has semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control (EC) suspension, with 43mm NIX 30 EC fork and a TTX 36 EC shock. Settings are optimized electronically to suit the conditions.
  • Standard version has Showa 43mm large-volume BPF inverted fork and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock.
  • Available anti-lock braking system (ABS) features rear-lift control (RLC), for smooth, effective braking on corner entry; braking force is controlled according to lean angle, and hard trail braking is allowed.
  • On standard version, highly rigid Tokico four-piston opposed radial-mounted front-brake calipers with high-friction brake pads provide strong stopping power.

Honda Accessories
A full range of official Honda Accessories are available for this model, including Quick Shifter, Carbon Fiber Exhaust Protector and Rear Fender, Repsol Rear Tire Hugger, E-Cushion®Energy Seat, Accessory Socket, Grip Ends, Passenger Seat Cowl, and more.

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

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

 

 

 

 

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Model CBR1000RR CBR1000RR ABS CBR1000RR SP
ENGINE
Type 998cc liquid-cooled in-line-four-cylinder four-stroke
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 76.0mm x 55.0mm
Compression Ratio 13:1
Induction PGM-FI; 48mm throttle bodies
Ignition Digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Starter Electric
Transmission 6 speed
Clutch Multiplate wet
Final Drive 16T/43T; chain
SUSPENSION
Front 43mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Unit Pro-Link® single shock; 5.2 in. travel
BRAKES
Front Two 320mm discs w/ hydraulic calipers Two 320mm discs w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS
Rear Single 220mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers Single 220mm disc w/ hydraulic calipers; ABS
TIRES
Front 120/70-17
Rear 190/50-17 190/55-17
MEASUREMENTS
Rake (Caster Angle) 23.3º
Trail  96mm (3.8 in.)
Length 81.3 in.
Width 28.3 in.
Height 44.3 in.
Seat Height 32.3 in.
Ground Clearance  5.1 in.
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal.
Color Grand Prix Red; Matte Black Metallic Grand Prix Tri-Color
Curb Weight* 430 lbs. 433 lbs. 431 lbs.

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Meets current EPA standards
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment
Specifications subject to change

 

 

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $19,999 CDN

Engine & Drivetrain

Engine Type

Liquid-cooled inline four cylinder

Displacement

999 cc

Bore & Stroke

76 mm x 55 mm

Compression Ratio

13:1

Valve Train

Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Fuel Delivery

PGM – Dual Stage Fuel Injection

Transmission

Close-ratio six-speed (Quickshifter – optional accessory)

Final Drive

#530 O-ring-sealed chain

Chassis & Suspension

Front 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

Rear Suspension

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

Additional Information

Tires

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

Brakes

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

Seat Height

832 mm (32.7 in.)

Wheelbase

1,405 mm (55.3 in.)

Curb Weight

196 kg (432 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride

Fuel Capacity

16 litres

Colour

Grand Prix Red with Black/White Graphic

Warranty

12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus

 

 

 

2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £15,769 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine

Bore × Stroke (mm) 76 x 55
Carburation PGM-DSFI
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
Starter Electric

Wheels

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

Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V-7AH(Li-ion)
Caster Angle 23°20’
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,065mm x 720mm x 1125mm
Frame type Diamond; aluminium composite twin spar
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 16L
Ground Clearance (mm) 130mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 196kg
Seat Height (mm) 832mm
Trail (mm) 96mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1405mm

Transmission

Clutch Wet, multiplate with diaphragm spring with assist slipper
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox 6-speed

Instruments and Electrics

Headlights LED
Instruments Full colour TFT LCD display

 

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