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.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition.
2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition
Engine:Liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Energy:Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI)
The overall design of the Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition falls right in line with a standard version of the bike. What that means is you can expect to see a host of the bike’s notable styling traits, including the layered fairing bodywork that cuts a lean and mean appearance, especially when it’s getting down and dirty on the race track.
The bike also features a bubble-shaped windscreen that works hand-in-hand with a
rider’s seating position to keep his body away from potential wind resistance. Just in front of the rider is a full-screen LCD instrumentation that shows all the pertinent information any rider needs to keep track of his performance. These include a lap timer, a trip and fuel-consumption computer, a five-level customizable shift indicator, gear-position indicator, and peak-rpm memory function.
To keep the bike’s overall weight balanced, Honda also designed the CBR1000RR to have its fuel tank positioned in the center of the chassis, ensuring the kind of rider comfort that’s all-too important when riding superbikes that have the cache of of the CBR1000RR.
Having said all of that, what exactly makes the CBR10000RR Repsol Edition different from standard models of its kind? Take one look at it and you’ll immediately notice it. Yes, the bike was dressed in Repsol’s traditional red-orange-white color, imbibing the kind of influence the company has as one of the team’s biggest sponsors.
|Seat Height||32.2 inches|
|Curb Weight||440.9 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)|
|Fuel Capacity||4.6 gallons|
|Available Colors||Pearl White/Red/Blue|
|Emissions||Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.|
|Note||Standard against which all other liter bikes are measured|
A bike that has the power and pace of the Honda CBR1000RR needs to have a chassis and suspension setup that can properly address the demands of safety and reliability from its consumers.
To keep the bike weighing as light as possible, Honda set up the CBR1000RR with a strong and sturdy skeleton that is heavily complements by a suspension system that induces a Big Piston Fork front suspension that provides responsive front-end feedback NIX30 front suspension and TTX36 rear shock for superior suspension performance and adjustability on the track or the street.
Rounding out the details on the bike’s frame and other components are the new set of 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels and the corresponding Brembo monoblock callipers that are about as race-proven as any brake system out in the market today. The wheel is then wrapped into a pair of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires.
Unique features to the SP Repsol Edition include a special lightweight subframe with solo seat cowl and hand-selected engine parts for weight and balance, including pistons and connecting rods.
|Front Suspension||43mm Ohlins inverted fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression damping-adjustability; TBD inches travel|
|Rear Suspension||Unit Pro-Link® Ohlins Shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; TBD inches travel|
|Front Brake||Brembo four piston calipers with floating 320mm dual discs|
|Rear Brake||Single piston caliper 220mm disc|
|Front Tires||120/70ZR-17 radial|
|Rear Tires||190/50ZR-17 radial|
|Rake||23.0° 3’ (Caster Angle)|
|Trail||96.0mm (3.7 inches)|
The Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition retains the same 999cc liquid-cooled, inline four cylinder engine as the one found in the standard CBR1000RR. The engine is capable of producing 171 horsepower and 78.3 pound-feet of torque.
Those are incredible numbers that allows the bike to cover a distance from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 145 mph.
That much power is then sent to the wheels by a close-ratio, six-speed transmission.
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder|
|Bore And Stroke||76mm x 55.1mm|
|Induction||Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) with 46mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||#530 O-ring-sealed chain|
A bike of this acclaim doesn’t come cheap. That’s why Honda priced the CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition to cost $17,299. It’s a pretty steep amount, but if you do buy one, you at least get the benefit of having a transferrable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty with extended coverage available should you get Honda’s Protection Plan.
“Once in a great while there comes a high performance machine so perfectly balanced and intuitive to operate that it becomes one with its operator, achieving seamless integration. The CBR1000RR SP is that machine. More and more engineers are using computer assisted electronic aids to bridge the gap between man and machine, but in doing so something is lost, the feeling of control is diminished, the reward to the senses faded, the experience compromised. Noticeably absent on the CBR1000RR SP are electronic aids of any kind; engineers instead took a different, perhaps more laborious, approach.” ----- Total Motorcycle
“Commemorating record-breaking achievements on the way to successive premier-class world championships and replacing last year’s model in its traditional Honda tri-colours, a limited-edition CBR1000RR SP will be offered in the Repsol Honda Team replica colours. Along with the special edition Repsol bodywork, Honda is offering its 2015 CBR1000RR-SP with distinctive championship badging on the fuel tank. The bike comes in a choice of two flavours, featuring either #93 or #26 number plate graphics, enabling owners to show their support for either of the two team riders – Marc Marquez or Dani Pedrosa.” ----- Wheels