2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS Guide

2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS

2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS


Introducing the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS…

Open-class four-cylinder liter bikes have long been the holy grail for the best sportbike riders. Powerful, precise machines that stand at the very top of motorcycling’s hierarchy. On the track, they command your full attention. On the street, they give you a ride like nothing else with a license plate. And make no mistake: Honda’s 2021 CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR ABS are two of the best you’ll ever ride. Spectacular, refined handling. Immediate, absolute power. And all in a package that offers Honda’s legendary quality, and a level of comfort and rideability no racebike can match. Machines like these are a rare breed, and so are their riders. But once you experience a CBR1000RR, it’s hard to be truly satisfied with anything less.

A World Superbike entry through the 2019 season, the Honda CBR1000RR refocuses its attention for the future starting in 2021, this double-R version transitioning to an alternative option for riders seeking both value and performance. First introduced overseas in 1992 (and in the U.S. shortly thereafter), this legendary model has long followed a “Total Control” philosophy, with a focus on cornering, acceleration and braking. It’s this approach that will enable the bike to carry on in its new role in Honda’s sport bike lineup, alongside the track-focused CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.



2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • Premium Features
  • Gyro-assisted ABS
  • Standard Features
  • 998cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine with 13:1 compression
  • Assisted slipper clutch
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control
  • Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD)
  • Twin-spar aluminum chassis
  • Slim ergonomics
  • Dual Stage Fuel Injection




2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Renowned for its user-friendly performance, the CBR1000RR’s 998cc inline four-cylinder engine features modern technologies like DLC coating and magnesium covers. Honed through years of racing, where control is key, the powerplant combines high engine speeds with a tractable power curve that suits city streets and canyons just as well as track-day riding.

  • Valve lift and timing 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.
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) measures front and rear wheel speeds and body roll angle to maximize performance in a wide range of conditions. Wheelie control is also standard.
  • 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 features a built-in Accelerator Position Sensor for optimal 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.

Based on Honda’s Total Control philosophy, the CBR1000RR’s chassis focuses on light weight and maneuverability, the frame and swingarm striking an ideal balance between weight and rigidity. When combined with Honda’s mass-centralization efforts, the result is a lightweight motorcycle that makes longer days in the saddle less strenuous. Thanks to a narrow, minimalist design that has long marked the CBR lineup, the machine has a striking appearance when parked at the local overlook or in the paddock.

  • Finely tuned frame with uses wall and swingarm-section thicknesses that contribute to 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.
  • Highly rigid Tokico four-piston opposed radial-mounted front-brake calipers with high-friction brake pads provide strong stopping power.
  • 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.
  • Titanium fuel tank is manufactured using ultra-deep drawing process, achieving low weight and high mass centralization.
  • Showa 43 mm large-volume BPF inverted fork and Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock.
  • Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) detects vehicle speed and adjusts damping proportionally, helping maintain low-speed maneuverability while providing predictable high-speed handling.
  • 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.
  • Headlights, taillights and turn signals are lightweight and efficient LEDs.



Featuring high-compression 13:1 pistons, the CBR1000RR revs like only a flat-plane inline-four can. It also makes ten horsepower more than our previous generation of CBR10000RR.



Superbikes can deliver a great deal of back-torque through the driveline, upsetting handling—not the CBR1000RR models. 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.


TFT means an instrument display that’s lighter and easier to read than previous LCD designs. It’s a first for Honda, and it’s made its premiere on the CBR1000RR.


Almost an inch narrower than on our previous-generation CBR1000RR, and featuring a high-density core. Plus the radiator tucks in tighter and cools just as efficiently.


Headlights, tail lights, turn signals—with the CBR1000RRs it’s all done with lightweight, efficient, cool LEDs.




The CBR1000RR’s throttle-by-wire system works in concert with our Honda Selectable Torque Control. With the two, you get your choice of three engine power-delivery modes, plus two which you can custom program yourself.


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. That helps maintain low-speed maneuverability while providing excellent, predictable high-speed handling.



The CBR1000RRs feature two sets of injectors per cylinder for both low- and high-rpm performance, instantaneous high-rpm response and great low-rpm metering and clean running. Refined EFI settings make the engine even more manageable, with smoother throttle response specifically at smaller throttle openings.


Almost a full pound lighter than our previous generation, the CBR1000RR sub-frame further refines our mass centralization efforts. Light is always right, and this is the lightest CBR1000RR we’ve ever produced.


The CBR1000RR ABS comes with anti-lock brakes. But these brakes go one better, including rear-wheel lift analysis (think hard stopping here), along with a program that takes lean angle into account.


With Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), we’ve got your back, but you’re in control. Here’s how it works: The system automatically adjusts engine power and grip to optimize torque at the rear wheel, reducing rear-wheel slip. You get your choice of five power curves, ten torque-control levels, three engine-braking levels, and now three selectable levels of wheelie control so it’s easier than ever to dial your bike in at the track.


These CBR1000RRs are much slimmer than previous models in the tank/seat junction area, and also in the upper cowl (more than 24mm trimmer). This improves aerodynamics, and the narrow tank makes it easier to tuck in.






2021 Honda CBR1000RR ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 16799 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $  CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)



998cc liquid-cooled in-line-four-cylinder four-stroke

Valve Train

DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio



PGM-FI; 48 mm throttle bodies

Ignition Digital transistorized w/ electronic advance



6 speed


Multiplate wet

Final Drive

Chain; 16T/43T


43 mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel

Rear Unit Pro-Link® single shock; 5.2 in. travel
Front Two hydraulic calipers w/ 320 mm discs Two hydraulic calipers w/ 320 mm discs; ABS
Rear Single hydraulic caliper w/ 220 mm disc Single hydraulic caliper w/ 220 mm disc; ABS






Rake (Caster Angle)



96 mm (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.

Grand Prix Red; Matte Black Metallic

Curb Weight* 430 lbs. 433 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


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