Honda today reveals new versions of machines with some of motorcycling’s most celebrated names: ‘Fireblade’ and ‘CB’. Twenty-five years since the launch of the original CBR900RR Fireblade, the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking machine sees the introduction of two new versions: the comprehensively upgraded CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Since its introduction, the Fireblade has always placed weight, handling and agility at the top of the Super Sports agenda. In keeping with this tradition of ‘Total Control’, the 2017 year model Fireblade SP places the focus squarely on power to weight ratio, with a 15kg weight reduction and 8kW top end power boost. The resultant 14% improvement in the power to weight ratio brings it to a level hitherto unseen in the Fireblade’s history.
For 2017, the Fireblade SP and SP2 move into ‘Next Stage Total Control’ with a comprehensive electronic control package, developed with reference to the RC213V-S street legal version of Honda’s MotoGP machine, that supports the rider in all situations. Multiple power modes, engine braking settings and Honda Selectable Torque Control are available, plus Quickshifter, Downshift Assist and new ABS. The Öhlins Electronic Control Suspension can be programmed to unrivalled levels of precision.
In a first for the Fireblade, also available in 2017 will be the Fireblade SP2. The SP2 features lightweight Marchesini wheels and redesigned valves, combustion chamber and pistons; a kit will be available to make it ready for circuit use for racing and leisure.
Also unveiled at Intermot were the upgraded CB1100 EX and new CB1100 RS, two examples of beautifully crafted Honda engineering. The fuel tank has been reshaped and now has no visible welding seams. Side covers, seats, rear fender and footpegs have all been reworked to give even stronger, authentic CB character. New LED lights add a more modern touch to the retro design; the shorter exhaust muffler creates a more characterful engine note.
Whereas the CB1100 EX has even more classic appeal from its 40-spoke 18” zinc-coated stainless steel wheels, the new CB1100 RS has a more sporty, café racer style, with new cast 17” aluminium wheels fitted with wide, sporty tyres and a more upright caster angle and lower handlebars.