The machine is now a full 15kg lighter, with a wet weight of 195kg. And with an 8kW boost in power, the Fireblade’s physical handling has also been transformed. Rake and trail remain 23.3°/96mm, but the hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminium frame’s rigidity balance has been significantly adjusted to allow even sweeter handling with outstanding steering response, feel and stability.
Suspension and brakes
The Brembo four-piston monobloc radial-mount brake callipers use newly developed high-mu (coefficient of friction) brake pads – these have a greater performance parameter at higher temperatures than standard pads, and suit aggressive riding. The aluminium wheels feature a new five-Y-shape design, shaving about 100g of weight.
The new electronic control system works with the Öhlins Objective Based Tuning Interface, to adjust both the compression and rebound damping force of the semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control (S-EC) front fork and rear shock. For the rider, this means access to a whole new level of handling ability, with suspension reaction – whether working through pre-sets or manual input – that delivers exactly the right amount of control in every situation. It functions as well on the road as it does on the track and, for Honda, a new era begins.
The Fireblade SP is the first Honda motorcycle to be equipped with Öhlins S-EC suspension front and rear: a 43mm NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock.
The Suspension Control Unit (SCU) receives roll rate, yaw rate and lean angle information from a 40g 5-axis (3-axis acceleration and 2-axis angular velocity) Bosch MM5.10 IMU gyro, located close to the machine’s centre of gravity. It also gathers wheel speed, engine rpm, brake input and throttle angle from the FI-ECU and, depending on the suspension mode selected by the rider, delivers optimal compression and damping force (adjusted via each step motor) during normal riding, plus hard acceleration, braking and cornering.
|Service intervals||12000 km|
|0 — 100 km/h (sec)||N/A|
|Dimensions and Weights|
|Claimed KERB weight (kg)||196|
|Seat height (mm)||820|
|Rake/trail (°/ mm)||96|
|Front suspension||Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43mm, and a NIX30 Smart-EC (OHLINS) Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 120mm stroke|
|Rear suspension||Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Öhlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping adjustment, 60mm stroke|
|Tank capacity (l)||16|
|Engine configuration||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4|
|Valves Per cylinder||4|
|Brakes||ABS – 2 Channel. Ohlins S-EC suspension and Brembo caliper.|
|Frame material||Diamond; aluminium composite twin spar|
|Tyres (f)||120/70ZR17 58W|
|Tyres (r)||190/50ZR17 73W|
|Wheels||17 inch, five-spoke aluminium black rims|
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tyre pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.