Fancy A Superbike? How About The Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP!
For many motorcycling enthusiasts, owning a superbike is something that virtually all bikers dream of owning, but only a lucky few turn into reality! It’s been more than 21 years since Honda unveiled their first large-displacement motorbike, the Fireblade.
Today, one of the most sought-after bikes from the Japanese firm is the Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP. This motorbike was designed with track use in mind but is equally as usable on the road too.
If you were to go out and buy a superbike today, should you go out and buy the Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP? Of course, you should! Here’s why.
The Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP is equally as impressive on paper as it is on the road:
Engine displacement: 999 cc;
Maximum power: 178 brake horsepower at 12,250 rpm;
Maximum torque: 114 Nm at 10,500rpm;
Fuel tank capacity: 17.5 litres;
Fuel system: PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection.
As you might expect from Honda’s SP models, the 16-valve engine is tuned and for this particular model it has polished and modified inlet and exhaust ports – something that gives this engine an extra couple of horsepower over its predecessor.
Being the fastest biker means that you have to be riding around in a lightweight bike, and whilst Honda can’t do much to make you lose a few pounds, they can certainly make their SP bikes lighter. In fact, on the Fireblade CBR1000RR SP, the pistons and connecting rods weigh less than one gram each in comparison to the standard three grams.
Suspension, brakes and wheels
According to the Honda website, the Fireblade CBR1000RR SP benefits from a telescopic inverted fork upfront, and features preload, compression and rebound adjustment. The rear suspension has a TTX36 OHLINS gas damper with 8mm preload.
The 12-spoke 17-inch wheels are made from cast aluminium, which, as you know, is a very lightweight but hardy metal. As standard, a 120/70 ZR17 M/C tyre is fitted upfront, while the back wheel has a wider 190/50 ZR17 M/C tyre to help keep this bike on the tarmac thanks to the insane amount of power being kicked out from the engine!
To help the rider of all Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP motorbikes slow down, a 220 x 5mm dual-hydraulic disc with four-pot Brembo Monobloc calipers are used at the front of this motorbike, and at the back a 220 x 5mm hydraulic disc with a single-caliper piston is used. Sintered metal brake pads are used both upfront and at the back.
Honda quotes a price of GBP £14,999 (USD $25,000) for the standard Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP, and for an extra grand you can have your Fireblade fitted with the optional “combined ABS” system.
Of course, it’s quite a high price to pay for a motorbike but then one has to remember that this is the Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP that we are talking about here! Still, you could always buy a Honda Fireblade model for your mantelpiece if you can’t quite afford to buy the real thing just yet!