Nov 4, 2013
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A European-spec 2014 Honda CBR1000RR with ABS. The U.S. will only get CBR1000RR SPs without ABS in 2014.
Honda is producing what company representatives call a “sharpened” version of its open-class sportbike, the CBR1000RR SP, for 2014.
The motorcycle is said to be lighter, more powerful and faster around a racetrack than the existing CBR1000RR, which will also be sold in 2014.
The SP comes with fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear, different triple clamps, radial-mount Brembo four-piston front brake calipers, a lightweight rear subframe, a different riding position, a solo rear seat cowl, a “bubble” windscreen and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC sport radials. Specific part numbers of the Öhlins and Brembo components were not available at press time.
Increases in horsepower and torque come from a new cylinder head, changes to the intake tract and exhaust system, and pistons and connecting rods that are hand-matched for “weight and balance.”
The CBR100RR SP will only be available in a special tri-color paint scheme, and only non-ABS models will be imported into the U.S.
More information and specifications will be released by Honda after the new model is introduced this week at the EICMA show, in Milan, Italy.
The “target” for the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is about $17,000, according to Honda spokesmen.
Dealers will start taking orders for the Honda CBR1000RR SP this week, and deliveries are expected to begin in February 2014.
Honda representatives did not know at post time how many CBR100RR SPs will be produced.
Other models Honda will continue to produce in 2014 include: Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B, ST1300P ABS, CB1000R, CBR1000RR/CBR1000RR C-ABS, NC700X, CBR600RR/CBR600RR C-ABS, CB500F, CB500X, and CBR500R, and the Metropolitan and Ruckus scooters.
More, from a press release issued by American Honda:
New Honda Models Added For 2014
Torrance, CA: 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for Honda as more exciting new models bring new options to an expansive line of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-By-Sides.
“Whether you’re a new rider or an experienced enthusiast, this announcement of new street models offers something exciting for you,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “Over the course of the last two years, Honda has introduced many exciting new models across all segments, and we will continue to strengthen our model line-up as evidenced by this announcement.
“First, there’s the all-new CTX1300, the next extension of the CTX series. This big-displacement V-4 CTX1300 carries the same family emphasis on class-leading comfort, new technology, easy-to-operate features and remarkable versatility as the 700s released earlier this year, but packs an extra dose of features and performance.
“We’re also unveiling the CBR1000RR SP, which we know track riders will find very appealing. Add to that many favorites returning to the line for 2014, including the iconic Gold Wing and cool F6B, and it’s clear that Honda continues to lead the way with innovative new products and returning options for consumers in all segments of the market.”
The all-new CTX1300 is a machine for people who care more about riding than fitting in. It’s a motorcycle that loves short commutes or longer travels; a bike for people who want bags without all the baggage.
The CTX1300 expands the innovative concept first introduced with the CTX® series—the idea of combining higher levels of comfort and technology to create a riding experience unique to Honda. These bikes place a premium on ease of use and a spacious rider environment with comfortable ergonomics. But now, by tying into Honda’s longstanding and successful heritage of V-4 technology, the CTX1300 adds a full load of 1300-class muscle with exhilarating right-now thrust accompanied by a distinctive V-4 engine pulse and exhaust sound. That helps make the CTX1300 an advanced motorcycle in multiple ways—one that incorporates class-leading comfort, unusually broad-shouldered versatility and new technology to deliver an unmatched riding experience. Its moderate weight, low center of gravity, nimble handling, and relaxed riding position make the CTX1300 a joy to ride wherever the day may lead, while its styling gives it a unique look that makes it stand out in a crowd.
There’s also a Deluxe model that adds technology such as an audio package including Bluetooth® connectivity—a Honda first application of this technology—Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control, self-cancelling turn signals plus blacked-out styling elements that add to the CTX1300’s distinctive equation. Colors: Metallic Black, Gray Blue Metallic, Candy Red; Price: TBD; Availability: March 2014
Since its inception, the CBR1000RR has represented the essence of a genuine Superbike. By design, the CBR1000RR hits that ideal balance between power and handling that makes it so fun to ride on the street or the track. Now for 2014, the CBR1000RR’s performance gets even sharper with the introduction of the CBR1000RR SP.
For the ultimate in performance, the CBR1000RR SP features fully adjustable Öhlins front and rear suspension, plus Brembo front brakes and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC premium tires. A special lightweight subframe lowers the center of gravity and a new-design rear single-seat cowl also shaves weight. Add additional power and torque via a new cylinder head, intake tract and exhaust system, along with high-performance engine parts including pistons and connecting rods hand-selected to match weight and balance for quality and performance. The riding position is now more track-oriented, a bubble windscreen creates a larger still-air pocket for the rider, and a special tri-color paint scheme all help to create a finely honed instrument that brings the CBR1000RR’s performance to a whole new level. Color: White/Red/Blue; Price: TBD; Availability: February 2014
The Honda CBR1000RR is legendary for hitting that sweet spot in Superbike design that makes it so fun to ride. Credit the race-proven 999cc engine with impressive performance that smoothly pumps out huge midrange muscle, a wonderfully balanced chassis and revised ride position that add up to a complete sportbike package. For 2014, a new cylinder head, intake tract and exhaust system add additional horsepower and torque. The more aggressive riding ergonomics come via new handlebars and relocated footpegs, while a bubble windscreen creates a larger still-air pocket for the rider. The lightweight aluminum frame is equipped with a Big Piston Fork and Honda’s Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension system with a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock and optional Honda Electronic Combined ABS—all to sharpen the CBR1000RR’s ultra-responsive middleweight-style handling. As always, the CBR1000RR continues to define the pure essence of liter-class Superbike performance. Colors: Black, new Pearl White; C-ABS model available in Pearl White only; Price: TBD; Availability: February 2014
The Gold Wing’s reputation as the most celebrated touring bike in motorcycle history remains unchallenged. For nearly four decades, the Gold Wing has stood as the ultimate motorcycle for long-haul travel and that legacy continues in 2014. In addition to its powerful and smooth six-cylinder engine and sporty handling, no other motorcycle can match the Gold Wing’s luxurious accommodations for both rider and passenger, which also includes the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities. All-new colors include: Candy Red, Pearl Blue, Black with bold blacked-out treatment; Price: $23,990 - $29,550; Availability: January 2014
Gold Wing F6B
The F6B starts with the powerful fuel-injected 1832cc six-cylinder Gold Wing engine for awe-inspiring levels of performance and adds to that an aluminum twin-spar frame and sophisticated suspension system for remarkably sporty handling. Large-capacity lockable saddlebags, a comfortable gunfighter-style seat, premium audio system and more mean there’s no need to rough it on the road. Available in standard or Deluxe trim, which includes a centerstand, self-cancelling turn signals, passenger backrest and heated grips. A wide assortment of Honda accessories are also offered. The F6B is a machine that’s just as much fun around town as it is taking you away from it all. Colors: Black, new Pearl Yellow; Price: $19,999 - $21,099; Availability: January 2014
Law enforcement agencies can experience what other Honda riders have known all along: Nothing matches the Honda ST1300’s combination of performance, quality and reliability. Worthy of all-day patrol duty, the ST1300P with Anti-Lock Braking System gets the job done, day in and day out. Colors: White, Black/White; Availability: April 2014
The adventure-style NC700X offers the comfort and practicality of an everyday motorcycle that’s also surprisingly affordable. New for this year are adjustable levers and upgrades to the instrumentation including a gear indicator, fuel consumption, MPG, and miles to empty. Use it as a day-to-day commuter, country road explorer, two-up getaway machine or all of the above. Credit its long-travel suspension, abundant torque, unique storage compartment and available Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission plus Anti-Lock Braking System and more, all of which make the NC700X the bike of choice for a bit of adventure. Colors: New Black, Red; Price: TBD; Availability: January 2014
Honda created this trio of machines for new riders as well as experienced hands, and while these bikes all have their own identity, they share Honda’s legendary durability, quality and high value.
The CB500X fulfills the idea of owning an adventure-style bike that can take you out in search of new roads, undiscovered places and fun sights to see. And the CB500X is not just a great ride, it’s also versatile thanks to its compact adjustable windscreen, open riding accommodations and large-capacity fuel tank. Color: New Pearl White; Price: $5,999 - $6,499; Availability: January 2014
The naked CB500F, in turn, offers an aura of independence and nonconformity plus a gratifying level of performance and versatility. Whether you’re riding on your daily commute, headed for a weekend backroad blast or just hanging out with your riding buddies, the CB500F serves as a great option for just about any kind of street ride. Colors: Pearl White, Black (ABS model available in Black only); Price: $5,499 - $5,999; Availability: January 2014
With the CBR500R, Honda redefines middleweight-class sport bikes while also delivering superior value along with great fun. This is a great bike for sport riders moving up from the CBR250R, as well as more experienced riders who will appreciate the CBR500R’s light and nimble handling. The aerodynamic bodywork provides efficient air management for added rider comfort, along with a low drag coefficient and its torquey engine creates a package that rolls as good as it looks. Colors: Black, Red, new Pearl White/Blue/Red (ABS model available in Black only); Price: $5,999 - $6,499; Availability: January 2014
The CB1000R recreates the classic Honda formula: high performance in a naked four-cylinder machine. The bike features a fuel-injected 998cc powerplant that supplies a broad spread of power and plenty of torque. Its unique chassis incorporates a Pro-Arm® single-sided swingarm articulating a single-shock rear suspension system, another Honda hallmark. For those looking for a naked bike with Superbike credentials and truly versatile performance, the CB1000R is a standout in the Honda line. Color: New Matte Gray Metallic with gold stripe and gold wheels; Price: TBD; Availability: January 2014
Whether headed for a day at the track or an afternoon ride on your favorite backroads, the CBR600RR offers balanced performance that remains unrivaled in the middleweight supersport class. Excellent power, exceptionally nimble handling, MotoGP-developed aerodynamics and a winning legacy at the racetrack help make the CBR600RR a perfect blend of sportbike excellence. Optional C-ABS available. Colors: Red, Black, White/Blue/Red (C-ABS model available in Red only); Price: $11,490 – $12,490; Availability: March 2014
The Ruckus is one cool little scooter with an extra dose of attitude. Affordable, thrifty to run and fun to ride, the Ruckus stands out in the scooter crowd. So go ahead and set off on your own course with the scooter that does it all. Colors: Black, White/Red; Price: TBD; Availability: February 2014
Looking for a classic scooter? The Metropolitan’s classic styling makes it a favorite among scooter riders. With a fuel consumption estimate topping 100 mpg, the automatic 49cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine is super-thrifty to operate. And the Metropolitan can haul as well, thanks to its locking 22-liter under-seat storage area that can stow a bag of groceries and inner storage bin that can hold a 1-liter bottle. With easy-to-operate features, affordable price and low operating costs, the Metropolitan turns short hops into big fun. New colors include: Candy Orange/Pearl Black, Pearl Blue/Pearl Black, Pink Metallic/Pearl White; Price: TBD; Availability: February 2014
About American Honda
American 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 authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com