Ride Review: Honda CBR1000RR SP

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Ride Review: Honda SP

02/18/2014 @ 2:23 pm, by Iwan van der 19 COMMENTS

The 2014 CBR1000RR is once again an upgrade of the model: Honda’s flagship was first introduced back in and though it has received a couple of updates here and there, it been properly updated in a six years now.

It’s not all bad as Honda now presents the most and best Fireblade ever: the CBR1000RR SP. Both the SP and standard receive a slightly altered position, three extra and two full pounds of weight

The SP model is further enhanced – predictably – by mounting higher components such as brakes and front receives high-class NIX30 forks and Brembo brake calipers, while the known TTX36 shock the rear suspension.

Honda mentiones that the are ‘blueprinted’ – the different components are selected to work better – but this is not shown in the output

We are being guided around the circuit in Qatar by household Ron and Leon Haslam, along a street0racer from England by the of John McGuinness, and in the first of sessions the Fireblades kick up and sand on the 1km long straight.

It is that the only real spot of the CBR shows: the gearbox is to shift up smoothly, and every now and it takes 2 attempts to flick it the next cog. Coming the gears is perfect however, a good slipper clutch the rear stable under braking.

Acceleration is exhilarating but never raw or The 178 hp motor shines not only on the (where we saw an indicated 280 km/h), and it is very manageable in the technical sections. But to be honest, we couldn’t much of the engine improvements made for 2014.


The new ergonomics do make a difference the body is positioned more while the feet are moved This makes the bike like it has less ground and we found we were scraping our more quickly.

The Pirelli Supercorsa SP (and semi SC) tires provide more than the ones on our 2013 model, so maybe this is of the reason as well. The new Fireblade great though, and you get that welcome feeling just as on any Honda.

The wider bars provide of control going hard the corners while helping tucking away on the straights as It’s not easy to find room behind the newly small and low windscreen though. claims a better gripping but we experienced exactly the opposite.

The has always been a tight and steering bike and the Öhlins add fantastic feedback to the package. is boosted because you feel what the front tire is now.

The new throttle for 2014 is setup, and the throttle response for a sublime connection between the and the rear tire. The rear to follow exactly what you Simply wonderful.

The front feels slightly when chucking the bike one side to the other and accelerating out of corners, but an electronic HESD damper keeps the peace in the Entering a corner is … and light, even while

The accurate throttle response and for a effortless transitions mid-corner, and the CBR1000RR SP stable when out. The Honda likes to wide though, but this is not for these overpowered race-reps.

The is enormous but accessible throughout the even without any form of control.

215,000 Fireblades been sold since the stormed the marketplace in 1992 and the model shows once exactly why it is so popular: despite a 998cc 4-cylinder powerhouse, superbike still stays useable and – according to some – a bit bland.

The brilliant Brembos bite hard and make for quite a every time you near the end of the The combined and electronically controlled ABS doesn’t disturb the feel, nor the to modulate the braking power precisely.

Add the Öhlins suspension – and the SC slicks – and you receive crystal feedback from the chassis, makes it easier to find the (and maybe push it

The … aftermarket components enhance the 2014 Honda SP’s attraction, but the absence of TC and the gearbox make it lose out to the competition in these departments.

This is however the best ever: this bike good value for money, with a slightly elevated price of €17.999 for the base CBR1000RR, and €3,500 on top for the CBR1000RR SP exotic goodies. Pricing is to be determined in the US, of course.

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