Introduces New CBR1000RR SP
25th anniversary model reflects “Next
Stage Total Control” approach
Calif. (Oct. 4, 2016) – American Honda announced today that the legendary
CBR1000RR SP has undergone a major overhaul for the 2017 model year, with a 33
lb. weight reduction and 10 horsepower increase resulting in a 14% improvement
in power-to-weight ratio.
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 SP, which is also fully loaded with a cutting-edge
electronics package. The result is a machine that is underpinned by the “Next
Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration.
their debut, CBR liter bikes have been designed to perform in the real world, the
way real customers use them,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing
Communications at American Honda. “We’re pleased to unveil the 2017 CBR1000RR
SP, which follows in that same tradition by providing a superbly balanced
package with our best power-to-weight ratio ever. It works incredibly well on
track and, even more importantly, is both exhilarating and uniquely rewarding
to ride out on the open road.”
CBR1000RR SP has received a vast array of improvements, including some that
come straight from the RC213V-S. Electronics play a big role, including semi-active
ÖhlinsElectronic Control suspension (S-EC), plus a number of rider
aids built around the five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Power and
torque have been increased through a higher compression ratio and revised cam
timing, while ample use of magnesium (engine covers) and titanium (muffler
and—for the first time on a mass-production road bike—fuel tank) have reduced
weight and improved mass centralization. The twin-spar aluminum frame’s
rigidity balance has been finely adjusted, and the swingarm is stiffer. Brembo
monobloc four-piston front brake calipers use high-performance track-ready
brake pads, while a narrower radiator and new bodywork achieve a slimmer
addition to the CBR1000RR SP, Honda is also offering a competition-focused,
limited-production CBR1000RR SP2, which comes with larger valves and lighter forged-aluminum
- Colors: HRC
- Price: TBA
SP: March 2017
SP2: May 2017
MORE DETAILS FOLLOW:
Honda CB1000RR SP
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 SP, which has a 14% better
power-to-weight ratio thanks to a weight reduction of 33 lbs. and 10 horsepower
increase. 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.
- --Valve lift and timing have been optimized
for higher engine speeds, with the maximum raised from 12,250 to 13,000
- --Thickness of different areas of
pistons optimized, retaining same weight while increasing compression
ratio from 12.3:1 to 13.0:1.
- --Piston rings have Diamond Like
Carbon (DLC) coating that improves sealing property.
- --A new air-intake duct and air box
with reduce 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
- --The new, titanium muffler is 6.17
lbs. lighter, improving concentration of mass. Its double pipe structure
enables more effective utilization of the expansion chamber, while the variable
exhaust valve achieves an improved 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
- --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
- --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
- --Portions of frame walls have been
thinned down to reduce weight by 300 grams while maintaining appropriate
- --Redesigned die-cast aluminum subframe
is 600 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.
- --World’s first titanium fuel tank
for a mass-production road bike is manufactured using ultra-deep drawing
process; weight is reduced by 2.87 lbs., improved concentration of mass,
and knee-grip area is 30mm narrower.
- --A first for a Honda production
motorcycle, 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.
- --The 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.
current CARB and EPA standards.
sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due
to emissions equipment.
also welcomes back a number of popular models for the 2017 model year, some
with new graphics and colors:
motorcycle that singlehandedly invented long-distance comfort motorcycle
touring and luxury two-up riding, Honda’s legendary Gold Wing is available in
two new color combinations for 2017, as well as the familiar Candy Red. Three
different trim levels are offered, the top option boasting navigation and
- oGold Wing:
Candy Red, Ultra Blue Metallic/Black
Wing Navi / Gold Wing Navi ABS: Candy Red, Pearl White, Ultra Blue
for 2017 in a spectral new Matte Black Metallic color, the Shadow Phantom lives
up to its name, making a powerful statement without resorting to a lot of
bling. The V-twin engine has a throaty exhaust sound, and the seating position
is equally comfortable for cruising or longer outings.
- Color: Matte
sculpted bodywork that wouldn’t be out of place in a science-fiction movie, the
innovative, limited-edition NM4 attracts attention wherever it goes, but it’s
also got a practical side, thanks to its automatic Dual Clutch Transmission
(DCT) and integrated saddlebags.
- Color: Matte
versatile XR650L really can do it all, including wide-open highways, rugged
off-road trails and everything in between. With a bulletproof 644cc four-stroke
engine, electric start and long-travel suspension, this proven dual-sport bike is
good for the casual rider on-road or for more aggressive off-road adventures.
ABOUT AMERICAN HONDA
Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters,
ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division
conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products
through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on
Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com.
More, from a press release issued by Honda Racing:
Nicky Hayden and Freddy Foray unveil the brand-new 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to the world in Cologne
Cologne, 4 October 2016 – The Intermot motorcycle show today hosted a special event for Honda and the motorcycling world: the unveiling of the new 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and SP2 models.
After trying it out for himself at Valencia’s Circuito Ricardo Tormo last month, Honda WorldSBK Team’s Nicky Hayden – joined by Freddy Foray of the Honda Endurance Racing team – took to the stage to reveal the latest chapter in Honda’s epic 25-year-old Fireblade history.
The development of the 2017 Fireblade has remained true to the ground-breaking spirit of the original 1992 machine, with a relentless focus on power to weight ratio. A 15kg weight reduction and 8kW top end power boost combine to give a 14% improvement in power to weight, making the 2017 Fireblade the sharpest in its 25 year history. A new electronics package includes semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension, Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake and Power settings, Quickshifter, and Downshift Assist.
A video of today’s launch is now available for viewing by clicking on the link below:
For more information on the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and SP2 models visit www.hondanews.eu