“All 1000cc sports bikes are extraordinary examples of high-performance engineering. But for us, for our new Fireblade we want extraordinary to be the pleasure of handling and controlling such a machine. Its true purpose, wherever it’s ridden, is to enjoy something that is not normally experienced in everyday life; something that cannot be surpassed. The very first CBR900RR remains a milestone in our history and an inspiration we have drawn on to radically reduce weight and increase power. And, to go to Next Stage Total Control, we have added an electronic control system that is there to support the rider, totally. What then can our new Fireblade promise our customers? That is simple – the pure joy of riding.” – Mr M. Sato, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Three factors are key to the essence of the new CBR1000RR Fireblade: less weight, more power, and electronics to help riders wherever and however they’re riding. The new electronic control system provides constant, selectable and fine-tuneable rider support. Central to the system is the 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which measures exactly what the machine is doing, in every plane. It works the Honda Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) that precisely manages rear wheel traction via the FIECU and Throttle By Wire (TBW). The new ABS braking (also managed by the IMU) offers Rear Lift Control (RLC) and the ability for hard, safe trail braking into corners. Any difference measured between the front and rear wheel speeds engages Wheelie Control, depending on the settings.
The power selector
Like the RC213VS, the Fireblade uses a full-colour TFT liquid crystal dash to clearly communicate information to the rider. It automatically adjusts to ambient light, with a backlight of up to 1 000cd/m2 luminescence and features three modes: Street, Circuit and Mechanic, each with the information most relevant to that particular usage.
The new front Tokico four-piston opposed radial-mounted brake callipers are highly rigid, 150g lighter, and do without hanger pins. Newly developed high-mu (coefficient of friction) brake pads are fitted – these have a greater performance parameter at higher temperatures than standard pads. The aluminium wheels features a new five-Y-shape design, shaving about 100g of weight. Tyre sizes are 120/70 R17 front and 190/50 R17 rear.
Throttle by wire
The new Fireblade is the first inline four-cylinder engine from Honda to use Throttle by Wire (TBW) control. Derived and developed from the system used by the RC213VS, its job is to put precise throttle control – and a very natural feel – in the rider’s right hand.
|Service intervals||12000 km|
|0 — 100 km/h (sec)||N/A|
|Dimensions and Weights|
|Claimed KERB weight (kg)||196|
|Seat height (mm)||832|
|Rake/trail (°/ mm)||96|
|Front suspension||Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke|
|Rear suspension||Unit ProLink with gascharged HMAS damper featuring 10step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 138.2mm stroke. Rear Balance Free Rear Cushion with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 62mm stroke.|
|Tank capacity (l)||16|
|Engine configuration||Liquidcooled 4stroke 16valve DOHC Inline4||Cylinders||4|
|Valves Per cylinder||4|
|Capacity (cc)||999||Power (KW)||141kW/13,000rpm|
|Brakes||ABS – 2 Channel. Showa BPF and Tokico 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.