2015 - 2018 Honda CBR500R
Make Your Commute Fun
Honda started the CB500 twin line back in 1993 to plug a gap in the entry-level market and serve as a mid-size commuter bike – a mission statement that’s still valid today. You could consider the CBR500R as the supersport branch of the CB family tree, but with the same 471 cc engine as its closest kin, the CB500F and CB500X. In spite of its sporty exterior, the CBR500R seems to maintain the family tradition of entry-level and commuter service.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CBR500R.
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This is how Honda trainee engineers are put to the test
A group of freshly joined trainee has found themselves in a position to prove themselves. They have a task to create 10 replicas of iconic motorcycles that made Honda the brand it is today.
That’s not all. They have to create all the replicas using a Delta minibike as the base bike. ‘Make the small ones and we’ll know if you can make the big ones’.
2015 - 2018 Honda CBR500R
Honda started the CB500 twin line back in 1993 to plug a gap in the entry-level market and serve as a mid-size commuter bike – a mission statement that’s still valid today. You could consider the CBR500R as the supersport branch of the CB family tree, but with the same 471 cc engine as its closest kin, the CB500F and CB500X. In spite of its sporty exterior, the CBR500R seems to maintain the family tradition of entry-level and commuter service.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CBR500R.
2014 - 2018 Honda CBR600RR
Honda’s latest generation of 600 cc, CBR supersports toes the family line with its race-winning blend of power and maneuverability all packed onto a MotoGP-inspired chassis. Much like the original CBR600RR that hit the streets back in ’03 and was built as a racebike replica, the current model features a strong engine along with a front suspension featuring Honda’s 41mm Big Piston Fork for superb handling and snappy action, plus MotoGP-inspired bodywork in a race-tested aerodynamic supersport design.
Continue reading for more my review of the Honda CBR600RR.
Honda issues a second recall for their Fireblade
Honda showcased the current CBR 1000RR at the 2016 Intermot. It is an all-new redesigned package from Honda which showcased major updates from since nearly a decade to give them a fighting chance in the already competitive high-tech superbike arena.
Ever since its launch, it has been proving its mettle on the track and on the road. And with Honda’s proven reliability, this piece of news can come as a shocker to quite a lot of you guys out there, including me.
2015 - 2018 Honda CBR300R
Since 2011, the CBR250R has served both as Honda’s small-displacement street-riding and racing trainer, and the model is actually used in amateur, closed-circuit races as a prelude to entering the larger brackets. Based on that success, Honda designed this, the next generation of little sportbikes. I am, of course, referring to the new-from-2015 CBR300R that comes with the then-new, 286 cc engine based on the previous 249 cc version.
While I am at a loss to explain it, I confess I have a certain affinity for beginner bikes, and “one-design” race categories that remove hardware advantages and force racers to win based on nothing but their own skills and bravery, which is arguably the purest form of competition. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the CBR300R, and see what the Red Riders have to look forward to in Honda’s continuing campaign to draw new riders into the sport and lifestyle we all love so much.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CBR300R.
Honda’s CBR family is recognized around the world with a storied history, and a range that covers the market from the entry-level on up to the fiery-eyed pegdraggers. The CBR650F is the bike Honda built for riders sitting on the fence between the two extremes. This is an important bracket since many, if not most, riders will wind up staying here for the duration once they graduate up from their entry-level trainer, because it takes a certain sort to want to move up to the stupidfast sector, and not all of us have what it takes (testicular fortitude/deathwish/whatever). With a 649 cc engine and sport suspension, the CBR650F — back for MY18 after a hiatus in 2017 — brings it to the competition in the mid-range sportsbike category.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CBR650F.
Honda puts plenty of “super” in its next-generation, 25th anniversary (of the CBR900RR) edition superbike line with the newly redesigned CBR1000RR SP and SP2 bikes. While the Fireblade name has long been associated with race-capable machines, that connection to the track has never been clearer than with this pair. Less weight, more power and even more electronic wizardry than ever before, Honda’s flagship literbikes bring the pain for a lot less cheddar than some of their, shall we say, ambitious rides. (CoughRC213V-Scoughcough.) This pair were among my faves from the INTERMOT show, so let’s dig in and see if the bikes live up to the hype and have what it takes to keep the Red Riders relevant and competitive for that all-important street/circuit market.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CBR1000RR So and CBR1000RR SP2.
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Honda’s CBR1000RR has long been the ultimate Superbike for experienced aficionados, and the 2015 CBR1000RR is really something special. First off, we’re celebrating Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez’s back-to-back World (...)
The 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo is fast approaching and Honda has prepared a few surprises for the show. One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in the show is the 2016 Honda CBR500R and like any motorcycle company that’s worth it’s salt, Honda has dropped a few teaser photos of the new CBR500R ahead of its world debut.
The two teaser photos, one featuring the side profile of the bike and the other featuring the redesigned headlight, don’t show a whole lot of the nifty new components Honda is promising on the bike. That said, the teaser still shows enough new details that help piece the puzzle a little bit. The bodywork, for instance, has been updated. The fairing design is different from the 2015 CBR500R, extending all the way to the seat and covering different sections of the bike’s engine. The other noticeable difference is the stylised exhaust canister that looks thicker and shorter than the canister on the 2015 model. Up front, Honda bares a new dual LED headlight setup that admittedly looks sharper than the old unit.
That’s as far as I got in discerning the updates on the 2016 CBR500R. The full spate of details, including the engine and the chassis, will be revealed at the AIMExpo, which kicks off on October 15, 2015.
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Honda has announced plans to offer a limited edition version of the CBR1000RR Fireblade. The only catch is that the bikes, which are limited to just 50 units, will be sold exclusively in the UK.
I know, I know. It sucks. You would’ve thought that if Honda decided to release a special edition bike of the CBR1000RR, the US market would at least have some kind of dibs on some of them.
But that’s not the case because this special lot will pay tribute to the team’s bikes competing in the British Superbike Championship (BSB). According to Honda, the special edition CBR1000RR bikes will adorn the red and white livery of the factory bikes racing in the series while also receiving aftermarket Akrapovic exhausts.
That’s as far as the changes go. In a way, it’s kind of similar to the approach other manufacturers have taken with some of their own recent special edition models. Remember Yamaha Indonesia’s offer to dress up its small displacement bikes with the liveries from its MotoGP squad? Suzuki’s also doing the same thing with its GSX-R1000, dressing them up in the same colors as the race bikes being used by Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales.
Apparently, the livery special edition is a thing these days in the motorcycle industry. Something tells me that Ducati’s got something similar planned in the near future.
In any case, reports indicate that Honda’s going to sell these 50 units for £13,499, or roughly around $21,500 based on current exchange rates. That would put it about $2,100 more expensive that the stock unit. It’s not too big of an amount to add to a limited-run of bikes that will be sporting the team’s BSB colors.
I think all 50 bikes will sell out pretty quickly once Honda releases them. It doesn’t take much to convince people to opt for models with that “limited edition” tag, especially when the price points aren’t that far apart from each other.
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The dominoes continue to fall in the Ohlins recall saga as another motorcycle brand has issued a recall of its bikes because of the defective shock absorbers from the Swedish parts company.
Taking its cues from Yamaha and Triumph, Honda has announced the recall of the CBR1000S, known in other places as the CBR1000RR SP. By now, we all know what the problem is, but for those who still aren’t familiar with the issues plaguing Ohlins these days, it basically boils down to defective shocks the Swedish company made that could fall apart at any moment’s notice if they’re not replaced soon.
In Honda’s case, 504 units of the CBS1000S are affected by the recall. Most of the units are classified as 2014 models, built between December 9, 2013 and March 28, 2014. Likewise, a handful of 2015 models are also affected, built between October 20, 2014 and February 27, 2015.
Honda’s also offering a similar procedure to Yamaha and Triumph, encouraging owners of affected models to bring their bikes to their respective Honda dealerships where trained engineers will remove the entire shock assembly and send it to Ohlins’ service centers for repairs. Once the problems are fixed, Ohlins will send the shocks back to the dealerships where engineers will put them back on the bikes, all at no cost to bike owners.
If you want to learn more about Honda’s recall of the CBR1000S, you can reach out to Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870, and reference recall number JQ3. Likewise, the NHTSA stands ready to assist so you can also call them at 1-888-327-4236.
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I don’t know what it is about retired motorcycle riders making comebacks this season, but apparently, it’s become quite the trend in the business. Days after Troy Bayliss successfully scored points for Ducati in the World Superbike Championship, another former world champion is once again putting his jumpsuit on for a return to racing action.
Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoneris returning to racing, confirming his participation for Honda’s MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO racing team in the Suzuka 8-hour endurance race. Stoner will join Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi in the three-racer team as they try to clinch Honda’s sixth-straight victory at Suzuka. On paper, the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO racing team arguably has the best three-racer line-up on the field. Obviously, Stoner’s resume speaks for itseld: two MotoGP titles, a runner-up finish at the 2005 250cc World Championship, and an impressive 5th place run at the 2004 125cc World Championship.
In addition to Stoner, the team also features van der Mark, Honda’s World Superbike racer and the reigning World Supersport Champion, and Takahashi, MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship racer. The trio will be competing at Suzuki using the EWC-spec Honda CBR1000RR, the same bike Stoner tested earlier this year and presumably the same bike that made him consider returning to racing.
It’ll be interesting to see how Stoner performs at the Suzuka 8 Hours, but judging by the team’s performance at the race in the past five instalments, a sixth-straight victory isn’t out of the cards.
Continue reading to read more about Casey Stoner’s return to active racing at the 8 Hours of Suzuki.
There will come a day when we look back fondly at the Honda CBR1000RR and remark about its extraordinary superbike capabilities. Fortunately, that time hasn’t arrived yet so we can still enjoy the CBR1000RR for all that it is worth. But what if Honda offered you the chance to own a special edition CBR1000RR that bears the colors and logos of Marc Marquez’s championship-winning ride from the 2014 MotoGP season. In a nutshell, that’s what the CBR1000RR Repsol Edition is all about.
The overall qualities of the Repsol Edition remains the same and true to its roots as a CBR1000RR. But special edition bike does have a few exclusive details, not the least of which is the detailed graphics and decals inspired by the two-time MotoGP world champion.
Whoever said you can’t enjoy the thrills of Marquez and Honda Repsol’s success in MotoGP must have forgotten that Honda’s well and truly capable of offering it without hesitation. The occasion also seems fit after the team once again dominated the 2014 season and with the new season coming closer and closer, the timing is right to bring the new Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition out from the shadows and into the spotlight.
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There are so many things about the Honda CBR1000RR that really cranks out the best visual and audio experience of any street fighter in the market today. All you need to do is look and listen to the bike and you can immediately feel the rush coming into your body, kind of like a two-wheeled drug that leaves you all giddy inside.
If you want a perfect illustration of the awesomeness that is the CBR1000RR, check out this video and just watch yourself be entertained about all the things this bike is capable of doing. Rear-wheel wheelies? No problem. Burnouts? Easy breezy. Oh, how about illiciting that stomach-churning roar reserved for the meanest bikes in the market? A walk-in-the-park for this hellacious two-wheeled machine.
The stunt-riding with the CBR1000RR goes well into the late afternoon, but even with the poor visibility, you can still hear the bike spew out all of its aggression, much to my delight at least.
There was a little mishap at the end, but I really couldn’t make out what happened; it looked like a front-wheelie gone wrong. Whatever it was, it still couldn’t take away from the spectacle of seeing the Honda CBR1000RR fully showcasing everything we’ve come to love about the bike.
This is the kind of video that could get your juices running to get you through the day. It’s not exactly coffee or anything like that, but hey, it’s a pretty close alternative. Take it from me, I’ve been buzzed since I got to see this video.
You can always count on Young Machine magazine to just about put anything its cover page just so it could splash a huge “Scoop!” headline somewhere in there. Well, the cover of Young Machine’s March issue is the latest example of this, thanks in large part to what looks like a mock-up of a parallel twin-cylinder Honda CBR250RR with the accompanying bombastic claim that Honda’s planning to launch such a bike in the near future.
It’s a hardly a confirmation and Honda hasn’t even acknowledged its plans on this end yet, but Young Machine isn’t known to temper its enthusiasm if you give it the smallest of opportunities. Take a close look at the mock up and you’ll notice that the rendering of the bike came as a result of piecing together a handful of components from Honda’s existing line of CBR models. The body work is unmistakably that of the CBR300R while the mechanicals, specifically the frame, suspension and wheels, look to be derived from the CBR650F.
It can’t be an accurate interpretation of the CBR250RR since that bike isn’t out yet, but it does come close to what I’d expect from such a machine. Given how much Honda’s itching to join the ranks of its competition in key markets like India and Indonesia where high-spec, small-capacity sports bikes reign supreme, it’s entirely possible that there really is a plan to develop the CBR250RR.
When that will be is an entirely different question altogether. So in the meantime, file this one in the rumor bin, at least until Honda gives us a concrete indication of what its plans really are with this supposed high-performance, small-cylinder sportsbike.
Note: Photo is of the Honda CBR250R.
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Honda’s 2015 motorsports activities aren’t just limited to its Formula One return this coming March. The Japanese company also competes in the FIM Endurance World Championship and in time for the start of that EWC season this coming April 18, 2015 at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Honda has reconfirmed its commitment and brought back its trio of riders, namely Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray, and Sebastian Gilbert.
The three riders will continue putting into action the new approach Honda took last year when it finished seventh overall in the 2014 Endurance World Championship. Last year’s finish was a significant improvement from its 2013 campaign when the Honda TT Legends finished a disappointing 18th overall.
But the TT Legends have been put to pasture in favor of the three endurance experts, which Honda expects will continue in their impressive showing last season. The three riders are expected to ride the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP race package as the team tries to improve on its 2014 showing. That’s a job far easier said than done given how strong the competition is. Vaulting from seventh all the way to a title finish isn’t unprecedented, but it’s also not a walk-in-the-park, either.
Honda thinks it now has the horses to get it done. Only time will tell if said horses have the gallop in them to prove their team right. The full calendar of the 2015 Endurance World Championship season has yet to be announced by the FIM. That said, we already know where and when the season’s going to begin so that’s something we can all look forward to.
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The Honda CBR650A continues to be a benchmark in its class. Sporting an attractive style, a wide range of sporty features and an agile handling, the Honda CBR650FA seems to have all it needs to make you fall in love with it from the first ride.
The bike weighs only 211 kg and it is built around a 649 cc, liquid cooled 4 stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4 engine with PGM-FI electronic fuel injection that cranks out 64 kW at 11,000rpm and 63 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. The engine is mated on a six speed gearbox with wet, multiplate clutch that returns a fuel consumption of 21 km/litre.
The Honda CBR650FA is also equipped with the company’s Ignition Security System (HISS) and the Combined Brake System (CBS) which actuates both front and rear brakes when the rear brake pedal or lever is engaged.
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The new Honda CBR650F offers a perfect mix between practicality, sporty performances and comfort. It is powered by a 649 cc, liquid cooled inline four cylinder, DOHC engine which is mated to a six speed transmission. The engine is housed by a Twin Spar style steel frame which was specially developed to deliver first class ride and handling performances.
You also get a generous 4.5 gallon fuel tank, a four into one exhaust system, an LCD Multi Meter and dual disc brakes.
The motorcycle rides on a 41mm Fork (4.3 inches of wheel travel) and a rear single shock with spring-preload adjustability (5.0 inches travel).
As far as wheels are concerned, the motorcycle rides on light 17 inch wheels shod in 120/70ZR-17 front and 180/55ZR-17 rear radial tires.
The Honda CBR650F is offered with a starting price of $ 8,499.
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The Honda CBR500R is one of the most popular sport bikes found on today’s streets. And there is no wonder why, because it’s reliable, affordable and rewards you with first class performances each time you jump on its back.
This Japanese beauty is propelled by a 471cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine with PGM-FI With 34mm throttle bodies. The unit is combined with a six-speed transmission.
This setup is joined by an inverted 41mm fork and a sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link rear suspension 4.1" of wheel travel. The 2014 Honda CBR500R also features front 320mm wave-style disc brakes and 240mm rear units which are ready to deliver a strong stopping power in every situation.
The motorcycle sits on a pair of stylish, aluminum 12-spoke cast wheels shod in 120/70-17 front and 160/60-17 rear tires.
The bike comes with a base price of $5,999 and the ABS model costs $6,499.
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Over the years, Honda has provided the market with some of the best bikes of this segment, dating back to the original Ninja 900R of the 1980s, to the ZX-11 of the ’90s, and the ZZR 1200 of the the new millennium.
The Honda CBR1000RR SP was already a great sport bike, but with the 2014 model year has just became even better.
Among the improvements made for the new model year you’ll find a new windscreen, a revised riding position and more power. You also get a new Pearl White color scheme.
Power comes from a 999cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder, DOHC engine which is kept in check by a close-ratio six-speed transmission.
The bike’s core - the frame, engine, and suspension - are all made from the finest materials and built with the sort of high-end technology that Honda has built its name on.
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When Kawasaki launched its new Ninja 300 we were very curious to see who will be the first manufacturer that will launch a counter attack.
It seems like Honda is the first rival that managed to develop a weapon that can go against the Ninja as they’ve announced their all new CBR300R - a compact middleweight sport bike that should have the potential to compete with success against the Ninja 300.
For the moment we don’t have too many details about the new Honda CBR300R but we can expect it to deliver a maximum output of around 30 HP and 25 Nm (ft-lbs) of torque. It could also be a bit lighter than the actual CBR250R, so in terms of performances, we can expect to see clear differences between the two models.
The new Honda CBR300R was presented at the 12th China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition and shows a completely fresh style that puts a lot of accent on aggressive lines.
At the press conference, Seiji Kuraishi, Chief Operating Officer for Honda’s regional operations in China, made the following announcement:
"The motorcycle market in China, which is the largest in the world, has been increasingly diversifying in recent years, and the number of customers who enjoy motorcycles for recreation also is increasing. Against this backdrop, Honda will begin full-fledged business in the area of large-sized motorcycles which provide the joy of riding.
To be more precise, in 2014, Honda will open stores which will specialize in large-sized motorcycles in Shanghai and Beijing. During this exhibition, Honda is exhibiting the CBR500R, which will be the first model to be sold at the specialized stores.
Moreover, Honda is exhibiting the world premiere of the CBR300R, a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in Thailand in the future. The market introduction of this model in China will be discussed in the future.
For the motorcycle market in China, Honda will continue proposing products that offer the highest level of environmental performance, convenience, the joy of mobility and fun of riding."
If the performances of your Honda CBR1000RR are no longer keeping your adrenaline levels go crazy, than you should take into consideration a small power upgrade.
Two Brothers Racing is making your job easier with their new Power Plus kit that was especially developed for the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR.
The kit promises to improve the motorcycle’s output with up to 8 hp and 11 ft.lbs of torque. For the power upgrade we have to give credit to the Black Series Slip-on exhaust which is available with aluminum, titanium or high-temp carbon fiber canisters.
The kit also contains a P1X Power Tip, a igh-performance repack kit, an aluminium anodized red bolt kit and the Juice Box Pro fuel management system. Other items included in the kit are a TBR Red Shield t-shirt, decal stickers and a black side cover.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the TBR Power Plus Kit is intended for closed-course competition use only, so in some state you may not be able to use on the public roads.
The kit is offered with a promotional price rated at $842.
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The legendary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 and to mark this event, Honda launched a special Anniversary edition.
The motorcycle features the same performances specifications as the standard model but it comes with a few special design features that make it unique.
For 2012, the bike received a set of new lightweight wheels and revised front and rear suspensions which translate into a significantly improved handling. You also get a better traction and improved braking performance.
Power comes from a 998 cc Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 unit that puts out a maximum output of 31kW at 12,000 rpm and 112Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission with wet, multiplate clutch with diaphragm spring.
The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 20th Anniversary is offered with a starting price of £12,000.
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The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is the epitome of super sport motorcycles offering a perfect mix of agility, power and handling.
Since it was launched in 1992, the Fireblade has won a lot of hearts with its sporty character and the unique riding experience. Needless to say that since then, the bike was continuously upgraded and today has reached its peak of evolution.
This mechanical beast is propelled by a Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 16-valve, DOHC, INLINE-4 with PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection. The engine puts out a maximum power of 131kW at 12,000 rpm and 112Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm.
To help you use the entire power generated by the engine, Honda equipped its Fireblade with a set of sporty suspensions. Thereby the front wheel is kept in check by a telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment. On the other hand, out back there is a Pro-Link configuration with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment.
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When it comes to super sport bikes, Honda’s name is always on everyone’s lips. Its capable models have made history and fortunately the Japanese company continues to put its mark on the history of speed even today.
One of the models that are very appreciated by the adrenaline-hungry riders is the Honda CBR600RR. During its long life span this model has been continuously upgraded and today reached its peak featuring a series of important upgrades which make it better than ever.
The motorcycle received new, lightweight 12 spoke wheels, improved suspensions and stronger brakes (Electronic Combined Anti-lock Braking System included)
As far as power is concerned, the Honda CBR600RR 13YM is fitted with a compact 599cc, liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine with a remapped Programmed Dual Sequential Fuel Injection System (PGM-DSFI).
The Honda CBR600RR 13YM is offered with a starting price of £9,500.
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Born to be able to merge perfectly with its rider, the Honda CBR1000RRA rewards you with a great handling, mind blowing speeds and a reassuring feeling of total control every time you fire up its engine.
At the core of this sporty bike lies a MotoGP DNA, which helps it feel at home on any race track. At the same time, the CBR1000RRA was also carefully designed to keep your back comfortable during everyday riding on the city streets.
In terms of power, the Honda CBR1000RRA boosts a light fuel-injected, 999cc, Liquid-cooled inline-four engine that rewards you with a smooth powerband. For enhanced performances, the engine is paired with a close-ratio six-speed transmission and an Assist Slipper Clutch that ensures confident downshifting and deceleration as well as quick clutch re-engagement and light lever action.
This speed demon can be yours for not less than $15,499.
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With its sporty character, the capable engine and Honda’s legendary reliability, the CBR500RA has managed to conquer a lot of hearts.
This capable motorcycle was especially developed for those who are looking for a fun and comfortable motorcycle that feels comfortable on the city streets but also on the race track.
In terms of power, the Honda CBR500RA is equipped with a light 470 c, DOHC, fuel injected parallel-twin engine that puts out strong low and midrange power. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission.
All components are mounted on a lightweight diamond-shaped steel frame which is paired with a Pro-Link rear suspension with preload-adjustable shock and a front 41 mm telescopic fork.
The motorcycle rides on lightweight 17 inch wheels shod in 120/70ZR–17 front and 160/60ZR–17 rear tyres.
The Honda CBR500RA is offered with a starting price of $6,799.
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The Honda CBR600 is one of the most popular sport bikes in the world. And there is no wonder why, because is reliable to the core, strong and fairly agile.
The 2013 Honda CBR600RRA is a slightly sportier version of the standard model and comes with improved engine performances and aerodynamics as well as a better handling.
Talking about aerodynamics, it is worthy of being mentioned that the Honda CBR600RRA features a fresh bodywork that reduces drag by 6.5 percent.
You also get a new Showa Big Piston fully adjustable fork that is paired with a new aluminum frame and a lighter swingarm. Needless to say, that all these features improve the motorcycle’s handling and cornering abilities.
The motorcycle’s center piece is a liquid-cooled, inline-four, 599 cc engine which comes with revised settings for the Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) system.
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Honda’s CBR series has a long history behind it. Thankfully this sporty lineup of motorcycles proved to be a success for Honda and there is no wonder why, as each model is reliable, modern and agile.
One of them is the CBR250R model, a compact sport motorcycle designed for those who are starting to learn the secrets of sporty motorcycles.
The Honda CBR250R has a lot to love. For the starters it comes with an attractive design language, a comfortable riding position and last but not least, is light as a feather. Not to mention about the modern 249.6cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine that features PGM-Fi induction.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by front and rear hydraulic discs which offer an excellent stopping power and brake feel.
The Honda CBR250R is offered with a starting price of $4,199.
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The Honda CBR1000RR is one of the sportiest models developed by the Japanese manufacturer. Though, even if the bike is one of the most capable models in its class, Honda still wanted to make a few upgrades.
Honda’s engineers wanted to obtain a perfect mix between power, handling, riding quality, and overall build quality, and we’ll have to admit that the result is quite fascinating.
The 2013 Honda CBR100RR is propelled by a 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder mated on a six speed transmission. For first class performances the Honda CBR100 RR is also packed with a modern slipper clutch which assures full power transmission with smooth shifting and a light clutch pull at the lever.
Honda offers the motorcycle in two versions, one with Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), the first ever on a production Superbike. The 2013 Honda CBR1000RR is offered with a starting price of $13,800.
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With a market that’s growing more and more competitive by the day, Honda is bringing the CBR 150R to compete against the likes of the Yamaha R15 V20 and the KTM Duke 200. Even better, they gave this bike a special edition treatment courtesy of a unique Repsol livery.
Fitted with a 150 cc, DOHC 4-stroke, 1-cylinder engine and mated to a six-speed transmission, the CBR 150R Repsol Edition is a serious contender to the throne of the entry level sports bike. At the heart of this bike, you will find a radiator with a cooling system and the a injection system (PGFM-FI).
The bike is also available in two variants - Standard and Deluxe - with both offering a unique riding experience to the rider. For the Standard version, it will have a cost of around 116,385 Rupee whereas the Deluxe has a cost of around 117,385 Rupee.
With all of these items in tow, the CBR 150R Repsol Edition has a great chance to be the rival for the other bikes, especially for the Yamaha R15 and KTM Duke 200.
Find out more about the Honda CBR 150R Repsol Edition.
The Honda CBR 250R is returning to India with minor changes, something that should be music to the ears of a lot of people.
For the styling, this CBR 250 comes with some new color options, such as the combination of Blue-White-Red. The plastic quality has been increased and the engine is now more powerful and efficient due to the re-mapping of the ECU.
Speaking of the engine, the CBR 250R employs a 250 cc one-cylinder engine that produces 25 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 22.9 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Compared to the KTM Duke, the CBR 250R is heavier, weighing 167 kg compared to only 136 for the Duke. Nevertheless, the difference shouldn’t be all that significant considering the CBR 250R carries some additional features that its rival does not.
Among these features include a Combi Brake System (CBS) and a re-setting of the ECU that riders can have as an added option.
Find out more about the Honda CBR 250R after the jump.
One-liter sportsbikes usually carry an aura to them; one built on the assumption that they shatter whatever class stereotype they may come across. In the case of the Honda CBR1000RR, that assumption might very well be stated as a fact.
As a potent, high-powered sportsbike, the CBR1000RR blends magnum-level performance along with a near-perfect blend of streetability, versatility, rider feel, and balanced character.
The bike’s layered fairing design is the highlight of its aggressive bodywork that produces aerodynamic flow and high-speed handling, creating a large pocket of calm air around the rider and improving comfort while also helping draw air through the cooling system. The bike also has an integrated chin spoiler in the nose that reduces aerodynamic lift to improve handling. In addition to that, there’s also a multi-function LCD instrument that communicates important information with the option of four readout modes for tachometer display, lap timer, five-level shift indicator, and gear position indicator.
The true calling card of the CBR1000RR, though, is the engine.
The bike is the essential superbike—the perfect balance of power and handling designed to work together as one complete package. Packing a 999.8cc engine that pumps out huge mid-range horsepower and torque for class-leading real-world muscle, the bike offers a high-performance package that’s unmatched in the market.
For 2012, the CBR1000RR also boasts even better handling courtesy of a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Fork, and new wheels. The suspension set-up features a Unit Pro-Link rear suspension that comes with a new, patented Balance-Free Rear Shock from Showa. This set-up incorporates a unique double-tube design featuring a damper case, plus an internal cylinder for more responsive damping and smoother damping action.
In every sense of the word, the Honda CBR1000RR is the quintessential dream superbike at a price of just $13,800.
Find out more about the Honda CBR1000RR after the jump.
The Honda CBR600RR has a history of racing engineering that’s unmatched in the industry. After all, if you’re a bike that has been honed to perfection on racetracks all over the world, and can match all that research and development with impeccable racing credentials, then you’ve definitely earned your stripes as one of the best sports bikes on the market.
The CBR600RR features a light and compact chassis that was combined with the kind of impeccable power for a remarkably balanced combination. The credentials of the bike alone speak volumes regarding its capabilities, particularly its standing as the only 600cc machine that has won more AMA and World Supersport championships than any other bike in history.
The sports bike packs an impressive 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine that’s more impressive if you dive deep into the science behind its capabilities. The CBR600RR comes with the Dual Stage Fuel Injection System (PGM-DSFI), an advanced fuel system that utilizes a set of four 12-hole fuel injectors mounted in new, larger 40mm throttle bodies to go with another full set of 12-hole injectors mounted high in the roof of the airbox. At its maximum red-line limit of 15,000 rpm, the intake and exhaust valves on the bike open and close 125 times a second - the valves will open and close 31 times before the rider can even blink - providing the engine with the kind of throaty power few bikes in its segment can match. Even at speeds below 5,500 rpm, the CBR600RR’s throttle response is as sharp and precise as an atomic clock, and when you combine that with the airbox-mounted showerheads, the sky is definitely the limit as to how much power this sports bike can muster.
Find out more about the Honda CBR600RR after the jump.
Much like the Honda CB1000R, the new Honda CBR1000RR has a strange name. But more than their shared commonality for long alpha-numeric designations, the CB1000R and the CBR1000RR also have one thing in common: they’re two of the best sportsbikes on the market.
As a matter of fact, the latter has been touted ’revolutionary’ by more than one expert while also establishing new standards for a light weight, superlative handling, remarkably compact bike with exceptional performance numbers to boot.
Talking about its performance capabilities, the Honda CBR1000RR is powered by a powerful 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine with a close-ratio six-speed transmission. This setup is joined by an inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability and a Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock rear suspension with the same spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability of the front suspension. The bike also features 320mm front brake discs with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers to go with a single 220mm brake disc.
In a world dominated by high-powered superbikes that are more one-dimensional than anything else, the Honda CBR1000RR offers a unique blend of simple and casual styling to go with outstanding performance numbers.
Now if they can only do something about shortening its name...
Find out more about the Honda CBR1000RR specs after the jump
Cars may be more practical than motorcycles for a lot or different reasons, but if you’re the free-wheeling type that enjoys the breath of freedom that only bikes can provide, then the latter is definitely right inside your wheel house.
Now as far as picking the right bike is concerned, you’ll have plenty of varieties to choose from, including Honda and its latest sportsbike offering, the CB1000R.
Dressed in a clean, essentials-only styling that belies its superbike capabilities, the CBR1000 was built using a sophisticated Gravity Die-Cast technology with a mono-backbone aluminum frame that is strong yet features thin-wall construction to ensure the bike is as light as a feather. The bike’s seating position - a short, compact and lightweight seat and tail cowl - delivers excellent rider comfort and tremendous versatility for long-distance travel. There’s also a stylish three-section LCD instrument panel features a multi-segment LCD tachometer and a distinctive triangular multi-reflector headlight, with unique LED position light.
As far as power is concerned, the CB1000R comes with a fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant that boasts of Honda’s esteemed sports and racing tradition. The engine has been tuned for loads of right-now power to go with a single-sided swingarm with single-shock rear suspension.
The Honda CB1000R has been described in a variety of ways, but whatever description you can think of for it, one thing will always remain true: it’s a true modern iteration of a long line of classic, high-performance, hot-rod Hondas.
And judging by the early returns, it’s doing its predecessors proud.
Find out more about the Honda CB1000R’s specs after the jump
Honda UK has announced the special Sports Package for the 2011 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. The new package will be available until the end of 2011 and will be offered for both standard and ABS-equipped versions. It will be priced at £599 for the ABS pack and £699 for the standard pack.
The Sport Pack includes a higher screen, seat cowl, Akrapovic exhaust, a bike cover, and a rear tire hugger for the non ABS model. The model will be available with a new HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) tricolor version that includes a stunning gold trim, white wheels, front and rear fenders, and HRC stickers on the middle and upper front cowl. Customers interested can also order a special Graphite Black version with black wheels.
The company has described the new model as follows: "It places a firm emphasis on the clean lines of the bodywork which contrast strongly with the silver colored frame."
Mugen is famous for their tuning packages for Honda models, but this time the Japanese tuner turned their attention to a Honda motorcycle, the CBR250R to be exact. With the new additions, the Honda is able to give off a more aggressive and sportier ride. This may sound all fine and dandy, but most of us won’t ever be able to take advantage of this package; it’s only available in Thailand.
The first thing to notice about this motorcycle is the red and black color scheme, but there is a lot more to it than that. The rider’s seat and the pillion are also colored in red with Mugen emblems, and the windshield has also been replaced.
The tuner has also added a new set of light alloy wheels, an upgraded chromed muffler, and ABS - a first-class system that includes a Combined Brake System (CBS) and an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS). However, they did let the 249 cc four-stroke, four-valve single cylinder DOHC engine untouched.
Honda Motorcycle has unveiled today the new 2011 CBR250R sport bike. It is a sporty, fun, lightweight and affordable motorcycle aimed for those entering the sport of motorcycling. "The CBR250R is specifically aimed at new riders, yet it’s packed full of high-tech features and offers great performance, all in a lightweight, affordable package. This new model expands another segment of the market for Honda buyers."
The new CBR250R is powered by an extremely efficient 249cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine that features a sophisticated four-valve DOHC cylinder head, engine counter balancer, and fuel injection—this dependable and lightweight machine delivers nimble handling, a broad spread of easily accessible power and low operating costs all in one. The motorcycle weights only 359 lbs.
It will be offered in standard and ABS version and in Metallic Black and Red/Silver exterior colors. Sales will begin in the spring of 2011.
Press release after the jump.
Honda UK has unveiled today two CBR1000RR Fireblades Special Editions - one ‘Hutchy’ and one ‘McGuinness’ – to commemorate the achievements of these two legendary TT road racers. Both bikes feature awesome special-edition paintwork celebrating Honda’s amazingly successful Isle of Man TT campaigns with two record-breaking riders: Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness.
Ian Hutchinson tore-up the record books at this year’s TT races with an unprecedented five out of five solo wins in the Superbike, Superstock, Senior and two Supersport races. To mark his success on his Padgetts Honda race bikes, the ‘Hutchy’ CBR1000RR celebrates that amazing feat with a brilliant pearlescent white paint scheme that features a map of the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT course, outlined around the top of the bike. A red line faithfully follows the twists and turns of the historic mountain course, complete with corner names. Both side fairings of the Fireblade are emblazoned with a commemorative decal illustrating all five of Hutchinson’s victories at this year’s TT races and, his overall TT Championship victory. There is also Ian’s unique ‘Hutchy’ graphic on the tank, along with his signature.
If history has taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible, even if your time here on this planet is up.
You’ve probably heard of this piece of news by now and for what it’s worth, it’s still a little too hard to believe. If you haven’t heard of it, then please, by all means, keep on reading.
David Morales Colon, a 22-year old Puerto Rican, was gunned down last week and, while we feel bad for the family he left behind, we can’t help but be amazed on how Colon’s family decided to send-off their beloved David.
Go to the funeral service for David and you’re bound to get the shock of your life. Not only is there no casket, or urn for that matter, but as soon as you walk in the funeral home, you’ll be greeted by the sight of David himself dressed in a long-sleeved shirt, jeans, a hat, and a pair of sunglasses. And, oh yeah, he’s riding aHonda CBR600 F4. The only thing is, David’s actually dead.
If you think that is a little strange then you are absolutely right, but apparently the motorcycle was a gift to David from his uncle and his family delivered it personally to the funeral home.
Incidentally, the funeral home where David is "riding" is also the same funeral home that prepared Ángel Luis "Pedrito" Pantojas Medina, a man that was shot 11 times. This man made a very special request before passing; he requested that his wake be held in his own home while wearing his favorite clothes. That is not the strange part. He also wanted to attend the wake standing up. This feat was accomplished b ythe funeral home employees by tying the corpse at the waist, torso, and head. Eerie.
Anyway, check out the video of David after the jump.
As hard as it may be to believe, this guy is taking a ride on that freeway in the sky. Recently gunned down in his Puerto Rico native, 22-year-old David Morales Colón benefits of a very unusual wake on his Honda CBR600 F4 Repsol edition. Wearing casual clothing and sun glasses, the embalmed dead man looks like he’s worming up for a ride on his bike.
The same funeral home that made this happen is also responsible for another young shooting victim that was displayed standing up during the wake a couple of years back. What next? See the video after the jump.
If someone had taken a look at KTM’s RC8 superbike and tried to build one in his own garage couldn’t have done a better job than the one done by Ian McElroy when, inspiring from the Austrian firm’s race-spec bike, has turned a 1987 Honda CBR 1000F into the nasty looking thing pictured above.
The custom bike features angular lines and aluminum hand-crafted fenders as well as a new subframe. In fact, welded sheets of aluminum form the bodywork, while the original 998cc, DOHC 16 valve inline-four was given a tune up using K&N filters and a custom-made exhaust system allowing the engine to breath much better and develop 130 horsepower. That’s worth of the Veypor gauges, which even records G-force, 0-60, quarter mile time and lap time apart from rpm and speed.
It is enough to take a look at the bike to realize that it required a great deal of work and dedication and the fact that it transmits that makes it even nicer. If we could only hear it go down the street…
Fans of the 2009 Honda CBR1000RR can pass to the next level as the blade of fire carries on as a 2010 model year after getting some minor tweaks and new graphics. The most competitive liter bike ever to be produced with success for so long remains the most compact and aggressive looking in its class, while being one of the few supersports models to offer such a forgiving riding position. Let’s see what more.
Honda’s extremely popular street rocket, the CBR600RR carries on as a 2010 model year after getting only two new colors. The fact is that they didn’t had anything needing to be improved and engineers didn’t bother much with supplying new ideas to increase engine performance, sharpen handling or even improve the riding position. There’s also the 2010 CBR600RR C-ABS model, so at least they had it all figured out before starting to splash the new paint on this supersport motorcycle.
In a recent post we shown you how a motorcycle highside can end with the rider being thrown over a guardrail and we now came across a video showing another rider’s interaction with a guardrail, this time as a result of shifting error.
Apparently, this rider had a few successful runs on his Honda CBR600RR, but he then downshifts too late going into a turn. The rider attempts to brake but ends up in the guardrail after his front wheel locks up.
This Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade streetfighter is the latest and very eye-catching creation to be ridden in style out of the LA shop of custom motorcycle builder and former 250GP racer Roland Sands. The bike has undergone a rather unusual transformation for the supersport category and we can now call it a veritable naked as the full fairing was entirely removed and the top custom motorcycle builder brought in a 2006 Honda Hornet 600 headlight and cowl, while the clip-on handlebars are now replaced by wide, flat ones. It’s good that at least Sands kept the Fireblade’s original fuel tank, seat and rear section, although the standard number plate holder has been removed.
As you can see, this is not the kind of project you invest a lot of money in, but it has to have its fair share of performance parts and accessories, so a Vance and Hines CS One full exhaust system, and Performance Machine wheels, brake calipers, levers and crash bobbins do the trick just fine.
Tuned for charity, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade streetfighter only needed the magic finishing touch of the custom satin gold/yellow paintjob in order to blink an eye at the enthusiastic future owner.
This previous generation Honda CBR1000RR started life as one of the world’s greatest liter bikes, but then ended up in the hands of the young man at Mugen, who have let their imagination run wild and came up with the craziest looking Fireblade in the crowd. Does this bring the thing up to date or what?
According to the Spanish website, Solomoto, Honda might launch a CBR250RR model for the European market in approximately a year from now. Obviously the bike would address to less experienced, but sport oriented riders and it will supposedly be built around an aluminum frame, while power should come from an upgraded version of the 250cc V-twin engine currently powering the VTR250. More information as we have it.
Honda America has released the photos and information of their first row of 2010 street models, which includes the Honda CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, the all-new Honda Shadow Phantom as well as the NT700V. In the supersport segment, there’s no revolutionary upgrade, but only engine changes for the CBR1000RR and new color schemes and graphics for both RRs.
While the US market is no stranger to the Honda Shadow and the Shadow Phantom model is nothing more than a black, custom version with a 750cc, fuel-injected engine, the NT700V comes as an entirely new and very interesting entry. A sporty commuter powered by a 680cc V-twin engine? Is this Honda’s attempt to turn the US market towards fuel efficiency, user-friendliness and clean sportbike looks? What happened to the DN-01?
It is very likely that no stunt rider has ever before tied his motorcycle, a Honda CBR600RR to a parachute and drag it over a lake with a speed boat while simulating his soil routine, but this is precisely what this guy (with plenty of help) does. Watch the actual video after the jump.
French tuner Ad Koncept has come up with a very interesting way to customize the 2009 Honda CBR1000RR, not that much in matters of technical upgrades but more in terms of extremely attractive styling. The new Playboy scheme looks simply awesome on the standard fairing, but we do notice the Ohlins suspension, new Brembo brakes and LeoVince exhaust as well as the Rizoma special kit that was added to the bike.
The new special livery is sure to make this bike stand out even more, especially if it is ridden by one of those bunnies that we all like.
One of the most attractive concepts we’ve seen lately is the Honda CBR600RR Repsol Carbon published at deviantart by TheUncle. Middleweight supersport models rarely benefit of such treatments so it’s good to see that someone thought at the slightly discriminated 600cc CBR. Also, there are two other bikes labeled as ‘Honda CBR600RR Concept Street Version’ and ‘Honda CBR600RR Concept Street Blu’, but those two look like a Kawasaki and a Suzuki also prepped up for the track.
Michael Schumacher was testing team’s Holzhauer Honda CBR1000RR at the Cartagena circuit in Spain when he crashed, lost conscience and had to be immediately transported to the Virgen de la Risaca hospital.
Apparently, Schumacher suffered a serious hit to the head and multiple neck contusions, but after carefully examining him, Dr. Francisco Martinez decided that Schumacher’s state doesn’t require internment, only a neck support collar.
So we’ll be seeing more of Schumacher in April when the IDM German Superbikes Championship begins.
For those who have all against motorcycle trailers (or not enough money to buy one), this picture shows the ideal solution to a biker’s riding needs during the holydays. The funny part is that the small car is a 1990s Honda CRX powered by a 1.6 litre VTEC four-cylinder engine. This develops 125 horsepower and carries the 150 horsepower Honda CBR929RR Fireblade from the starting of the new millennium.
That’s an ingenious strapping system he has there! I salute this kind of people!