Motogenn's Bike of the Month - Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
Author: Motogenn Date Posted:15 October 2021
The Honda CBR1000RR, also known as the "Fireblade", is a 999 cc (61.0 cu in) liquid-cooled, inline four cylinder superbike.
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It was introduced by Honda in 2003 as the 7th generation of the CBR series of bikes that began with the CBR900RR in 1990.
The Honda CBR1000RR was developed by the same team that was behind the series used in MotoGP.
The 2004-2005 or seventh generation bike boasted many of the new technologies at the time such as a longer swingarm, (which acted as a longer lever arm in the rear suspension for superior traction under acceleration and more progressive suspension action) as well as Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, and Dual Stage Fuel Injection System (DSFI).
The eighth generation RR introduced in 2006 offered incremental advancements over the earlier model, and less weight. Changes for 2006 included and weren't limited to:
- New intake and exhaust porting (higher flow, reduced chamber volume)
- Higher compression ratio (from 11.9:1 to 12.3:1)
- New exhaust system
- Larger 320 mm (13 in) front brake discs but thinner at 4.5 mm (0.18 in)
- Larger 220 mm (8.7 in) rear brake discs but thinner at 4.5 mm (0.18 in)
- New lighter swingarm
- Smaller, lighter rear caliper
- Revised front fairing design
The 2007 model year remained mostly unchanged except for color choices.
An all-new ninth-generation CBR1000 RR was powered by an all-new 999 cc (61.0 cu in) inline-four engine with a redline of 13,000 rpm.
The 2009 bike remained much the same, in terms of engine, styling, and performance. The only major addition was the introduction of the optional factory fitted Combined ABS (C-ABS) system.
The 2010 or eleventh generation CBR1000 RR increased the diameter of the flywheel for more inertia. This did improe the low-rpm torque. The license plate assembly was also redesigned to make it quicker and easier to remove for track days and the muffler was redesigned for looks only.
In 2012, to celebrate it's 20th anniversary, the twelfth-generation CBR 1000 RR features Big Piston suspension technology and Showa balance-free shocks. There were also tweaks and improvements to the ABS, aerodynamics and LCD display.
In 2017 for the 25th anniversary, Honda has updated the CBR with new bodywork, traction control (in select modes) and a retuned engine.
The 2019 bike saw some electronic updates such as separating traction control and wheelie control. The ABS was tweaked and the ride-by-wire throttle motor was also enhanced, giving the throttle plates more quick reaction to the rider's inputs.
For 2020, the CBR1000RR was updated with a new name (CBR1000RR-R), had redesigned bodywork and new engine based on technologies used in RC213V MotoGP bike.