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2017 - 2018 Honda CBR1000RR

2017 - 2018 Honda CBR1000RR

A Much Better CBR1000RR Than The CBR1000RR Has Ever Been

Honda carries its CBR1000RR superbike, a.k.a. ’Fireblade’, into 2018 with little in the way of changes from last year. That’s hardly surprising given the scope and scale of the revisions done prior to MY17 that brought us the newest gen of Honda’s Total Control initiative with a host of electronic goodies to help keep the 189-horsepower engine (10 more ponies than the previous gen) under control. It’s Honda’s first inline four-banger to run a throttle-by-wire induction control, and the factory piled on with Riding Modes, Wheelie Control and more to make the ’Blade serve as a model flagship for the affordable-supersport sector with plenty of influence from the racing department for the ’everyrider’. Today I’m going to take a gander at the new-since-2017 Fireblade and see how it stacks up against something of a more European persuasion.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda CBR1000RR.

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2015 - 2018 Honda CBR500R

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.

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2014 - 2018 Honda CBR600RR

2014 - 2018 Honda CBR600RR

MotoGP-Inspired Race Replica

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.

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2015 - 2018 Honda CBR300R

2015 - 2018 Honda CBR300R

Honda’s Small-Displacement Sportbike and Racing Trainer

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.

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2015 - 2018 Honda CBR650F

2015 - 2018 Honda CBR650F

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.

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2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP / CBR1000RR SP2

2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP / CBR1000RR SP2

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.

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2015 Honda CBR1000RR

2015 Honda CBR1000RR

Overview
Inspired By A Champion.
No motorcycle connects rider, machine and road like a sportbike. The immediate acceleration, the chassis that feels like an extension of your own skeleton, the power, the handling—and the bigger the sportbike, the more intense the experience.
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 (...)

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2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition

2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition

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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2014 Honda CBR650FA

2014 Honda CBR650FA

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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2014 Honda CBR650F

2014 Honda CBR650F

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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2014 Honda CBR500R

2014 Honda CBR500R

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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2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

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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2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 20th Anniversary

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 20th Anniversary

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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2013 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

2013 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

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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2013 Honda CBR600RR 13YM

2013 Honda CBR600RR 13YM

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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2013 Honda CBR1000RRA

2013 Honda CBR1000RRA

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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2013 Honda CBR500RA

2013 Honda CBR500RA

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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2013 Honda CBR600RRA

2013 Honda CBR600RRA

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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2013 Honda CBR250R

2013 Honda CBR250R

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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