Honda has been known since 1990 for building its street-legal motorbikes under the CBR banner. In 2003, Honda introduced its 7th generation of the CBR series: Honda CBR1000RR. The Honda CBR1000RR, which is marketed as the Fireblade in some countries, is a highly successful bike.
Replacing the Honda CBR954RR, it has since the beginning of its production in 2003 seen various updates and remodelings, and for over a decade, has remained one of the top-rated and best-selling motorbikes in the world.
The Honda CBR1000RR is one of the bikes that often come to mind when the word “superbike” is mentioned. In the company’s words; “the Fireblade offers a level of comfort and rideability you’ve never experienced.” Its style, performance, and looks all give it an edge in the motorcycle industry.
The attractive features of the Honda CBR1000RR definitely amazed many people, but it also left a question in their minds; is it worth its crazily high price?
Pricing And Honda’s First Production Of The CBR1000RR
First things first, the 1987-1997 Honda CBR1000F goes for $3,166.69. The 2021 model of the Honda CBR1000RR, however, stands at $28,500, and depending on your love for the sports bike, this could be too expensive, or it could well be worth it.
The first generation of the Honda CBR1000RR built in 2003 carried over a few parts from its predecessor, the Honda CBR954RR, while remarkable changes were seen in its design and a few other features were added.
Honda introduced an inline four: a compact 998cc with different bore and stroke dimensions. Its six-speed gearbox was shaped like a cassette and certainly looked race-inspired. It got a dual-stage fuel injection as an all-new chassis was introduced.
Honda also increased its swingarm to improve its off-the-line acceleration and its wheelbase to distribute the weight of the motorcycle and engine power hence, giving it better balance. An extended swingarm and wheelbase are major criteria for the performance part of a sports bike, so Honda surely had racing as the priority in mind when building this motorbike.
The Fireblade got two major remodelings, one in 2006 and also in 2008. You can expect a 2000s edition to cost around $6,500 to $7,500.
Remodeling Of The Fireblade
The 2006 remodeling of the Honda CBR1000RR was a major one. It had more incremental advantages over the previous model;
Honda reduced the weight of the Fireblade and increased its compression ratio. The introduction of a lighter swingarm also ensured better handling. Its front brake discs were increased, and the Fireblade got a completely new exhaust system and chassis geometry.
The 2008 redesign was powered by a brand new 998cc inline-four engine. The engine had everything completely new; the crankcase, cylinder block, and head configuration. It came with a lighter weight, with almost every part of the redesign undertaken to ensure weight reduction. The Fireblade also got a brand new exhaust system, placed at the side in place of the former under-seat design.
After the 2008 remodeling, the Fireblade has seen major changes in its design, performance, weight reduction, and electronic updates with advancements in technology. In 2020, it got an updated name; Honda CBR1000RR-R.
Now in 2021, Honda again offers a legal and swift sports bike. This time around, its focus is on the ratio between power and weight, giving the 2021 model a horsepower figure that works together with the weight to make the motorcycle well balanced.
The 2021 Honda Fireblade maintains its low weight, powerful engine, electronics and even does all these better than its predecessors.
Engine, Performance, And Braking System
The engine of the Fireblade remains a masterpiece. It has a liquid-cooled 999cc inline four-cylinder engine with a 13:1 compression ratio which delivers 214 hp at 14,500rpm and 83 lbs-ft at 12,500rpm. This engine produces a very pleasant and enjoyable sound while in motion.
It features a 76mm bore and 55mm stroke.
For its chassis, the mainframe is constructed from 2mm aluminum and allows accurate tuning of the rigidity balance. This mainframe attaches to the engine in six places to improve rigidity for more precise handling. The vertical and torsional rigidity was increased while the horizontal rigidity was reduced, all aimed towards maximum rider feel.
The new chassis delivers a solid feel during acceleration and high speed while retaining its accurate handling character. It has throttle by wire and a throttle grip acceleration position sensor embedded in the right handlebar. There are five different power mode selections to choose from, three different wheel control modes, and Honda’s selectable torque control with different options. Braking can also be adjusted with the three different settings for a better feel for the driver. A full-color 5inch TFT screen that has a higher resolution than ever before has also been put on this model and it is fully customizable.
The CBR1000RR Fireblade gets an ABS just like the previous models. On the 2021 model of the Fireblade, its ABS gains two switchable modes: the sports mode and the track mode. Sports mode on this bike focuses on the road running performance with a high brake efficiency and less pitching, while the track mode offers braking performance tailored to much higher speeds than is usually seen in track conditions.
The 2021 model of the Fireblade has wider rear wheels that save weight while maintaining rigidity and minimizing the change in chassis geometry when switching from street to track mode.
Compact and incredibly easy to maneuver, this model is hard to beat even today.
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