The New 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade

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The New 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade

Sharper looks, stronger and astoundingly responsive control. its compact new proportions to its breathtaking to every rider input, about the new 2008 CBR1000RR stakes out a new standard in motorcycle and design aesthetics that stand as a milestone in the history of Super Sports development, as the original CBR900RR did when it the first shot in the high-performance sixteen years ago. A both on the street and on the track, the FireBlade set a blazing standard for big performance for an entire generation to

The hallmarks of Fireblade development always been stronger, manageable performance coupled lighter weight in the pursuit of Control. Each succeeding of the popular CBR has seen it dominate its with an unexcelled combination of technologies and easy, effortless that inspires confidence and in all who ride it, whether one’s lie in strafing curvaceous back or dragging knees at the most levels of road racing

With such advanced as its mass-centralised fuel tank, rear suspension, radial-mount disc brakes and revolutionary Electronic Steering Damper down from Honda’s RC211V MotoGP champion, it come as no surprise that the Fireblade has also been a contender in World and AMA Superbike since its 2004 debut, in the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda capturing the 2007 World Championship crown in the capable hands of veteran rider Toseland.

Representing the next leap in this proud the new 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade an even more compact, form, phenomenally lighter in the design and manufacture of its frame, and chassis components, and innovative developments like a new underslung system and new ‘assist slipper’ that make it faster ever, easier and more to extend one’s riding on the street, and more of a dominating on race circuits the world

Fireblade History

The 1992 of the history-making CBR900RR Fireblade rewrote the book of Super motorcycle design with a compact and lightweight configuration. on its ‘Less Is More’ concept, the achieved a breathtaking blast of performance from a 900cc engine shoehorned into a advanced 600cc-class chassis. its compact proportions, lithe, handling and unprecedented power-to-weight the Fireblade embodied the origin of the Super Sports motorcycle, and the expansion of the current litre-class Sports category.

Over the the Fireblade received a series of improvements that saw sometimes radical changes, though based on its two guiding development of ‘Light Makes Right’ and Control.’ Engine displacement saw small, incremental increases, but in the to keep the engine’s external as slim as possible, there was no need to boost its size up the litre range.

In racing around the world, privateer and club racers quickly the ’Blade’s competitive potential, and the years have won an enviable of winner’s trophies ranging box-stock club racing to such prestigious venues as the of Man T.T. the Suzuka 8-Hour and Le

Changes to Superbike racing for the 2004 season spurred the of expanding the Fireblade’s racing to the world stage, and a new goal was set for its development: to create a new base for litre-class racing that be used to successfully compete in from local box-stock to the big Superbike circus. That debuted as the CBR1000RR Fireblade.

the ensuing four years its debut, the CBR1000RR Fireblade has won for providing instantly competitive coupled with easy manners that boost skills and confidence. It also the racing potential to not only at the top levels of World Superbike but also capture the Championship as it proudly demonstrated in the 2007 season together with James Toseland and the HANNspree Ten Honda team.

As this generation of the Fireblade reclaims its place at the pinnacle of the litre Sports class, the future of performance shines brighter ever.

Development Concept

to the spirit of Honda Racing the new 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade its phenomenal leap in performance a single-minded dedication to the tried and fundamentals of lighter weight, efficiency and minimised resistance in its facet. Every critical in its chassis, engine and drivetrain was redesigned and recreated to achieve not lighter weight, but along it important gains in structural and operating efficiency as new techniques developed to make each part the best it could be.

For impressive new generation of the Fireblade, was carried out not only in Japan, but the world, with an international who focused their efforts on simplifying and reshaping in order to the true essential qualities of craftsmanship. The dedicated members of team also set out to redefine the of cutting-edge Super Sports performance.

Particularly as it applies to both the of the racetrack circuit and the deepest of a wide range of sportsbike on the constant lookout for the fastest, instinctively responsive riding they can own. One that to easily adapt and mould to fit each rider’s unique style, building skills and along the way.

Remarkably, of starting at the most logical of the race track or the high-tech studio, this close-knit first paid a visit to the capital of Kyoto to breath in the of craftsmanship and culture that defined the essence of Japan and its spirit for centuries. Experiencing the temples and gardens, and the attention to revealed in each hand-made very often with imperceptible subtlety, whether in the of a common teacup or the swirling seen in the reflection of a finely blade, the design team a deeper insight and appreciation for the Japanese sense of detail and that is often overlooked at glance. The clearest representation of spirit manifested itself in the sword, a blade of apparent simplicity, shorn of unnecessary yet of such singular purpose and that it has become a source of inspiration for generations.

This of simplicity and excellence is imbued in all the arts, and in such unique arts as kendo (‘The Way of the with its compact and fluid of movement and its simple staff. So the Fireblade’s design team their creation to be a ’Blade for sort of modern warrior, who for a similar economy of movement and equal inspiration from the crafted tools of his trade.

years of dedication to the spirit of craftsmanship and motorcycling excellence now a lighter, more compact and effectively mass-centralised form. One a new cast aluminium frame; and faster-revving engine internals and a more neutral feel quickly and easily translates more exhilarating blasts the winding roads that riders love best, and lap times that racers strive for. Class-leading new include a new underslung exhaust that better centralises the overall mass for sharper, responsive cornering control, and a new in slipper clutches called the Assist Slipper Clutch smoothes aggressive downshifts corners while lightening action for smoother and easier that translates into and quicker cornering control for the aggressive riders and racers.

As the new CBR1000RR Fireblade is packed the latest race-tested technologies and tempered in the heat of MotoGP and Superbike competition. Its remarkably form now even more concentrates weight and mass its centre of gravity for light, handling that sportbike of all levels of experience can more enjoy. With a bloodline of riding excellence reaching to the first Fireblade, the RC30 and the new 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade all the best in the Super Sport, and reasserts it claim to the throne of the Super Sports class.


The new CBR1000RR Fireblade’s and detailed list of new performance includes the following highlights for the generation of Total Control and domination.

Styling Features

New more compact aerodynamic design.

New, more line beam headlights and design.

More compact cowl positioned closer to the head.

New rear-view mirrors integrated indicator lights.

lighter and more compact and tail cowl.


New lighter and more compact

New separate cylinder block lighter new sleeveless cylinders.

larger bore forged

Newly developed assisted clutch.

New mass-centralised underslung system.

New lighter and slimmer cast aluminium frame.

lighter-weight gull-wing-shape hybrid swingarm.

New monoblock radial-mount disc brake callipers and mount floating rotors.

smaller and lighter second-generation steering damper.

New lighter, compact 7AH battery.


it first burst onto the stage, the all-new 2004 Fireblade clearly displayed of the styling cues and performance-oriented advances developed for its revolutionary predecessor, the World MotoGP RC211V. With its sharp compact form and aggressive looks, the CBR1000RR Fireblade merely look the part of a racer, it also delivered a blend of blistering performance and easy control that on to win hearts and minds on both the and the track.

For its third generation, the new CBR1000RR Fireblade takes a leap in both styling and with a bold new look derives its sleek beauty a smartly engineered emphasis on function over mere form. An understated elegance gives renewed expression to Japanese design sensibilities, notably the simplicity of purpose, attention to detail and almost essence that can be readily in the carefully crafted and balanced of Japan’s martial arts.

The eye-catching symbol defining the new understated elegance and simplicity of Look to the two newly designed Wing emblems that the shoulders of its fuel tank Drawing inspiration from Japanese cloisonné motifs providing a visual link to historic roots, these stylish emblems give expression to the quality and craftsmanship abound in the new CBR1000RR Fireblade.

New More Compact Bodywork

side-by-side with its predecessor, one can see that the new CBR1000RR Fireblade is and more compact than its selfand every other Sports bike in the litre Placing stronger emphasis on aerodynamics over distinctive it is still quite a lookerthe new Fireblade’s curvaceous bodywork a noticeably more compact, design that shortens and its front and rear extremities in the for swifter, more intuitively handling that surpasses any sportbike in its displacement class.

Compact Front Cowl

One of the changes one notices in the CBR1000RR is the smaller, more compact of its bodywork, particularly its seat and cowl. The nose of the front was greatly reduced in size and and now closely hugs the steering area in a concerted effort to inertial and aerodynamic resistance to changes of direction. The CBR’s pair of slim-profile Line multi-reflector headlights remain in to light the way, but the front entire visage now takes on a intensely aggressive look its new compact form.

More aerodynamic design also to the new Fireblade’s performance-enhancing ram air intake new intake ports moulded its front cowl. These two new intake ports replace the centrally located port took up room between the head and the top of the radiator in the previous of the CBR. Positioned to direct a stream of cool, dense air to the larger-displacement airbox positioned of the Fireblade’s mass-centralised fuel these ram air ducts are also with electronically controlled which play a significant in both the Fireblade’s enhanced compatibility and its maximised low-to-midrange

Further contributing to the fairing’s compact form and reduced of drag was the elimination of its front which are now cleanly and beautifully into the leading edge of the rear-view mirrors for a modern that features a brilliant, visibility display.

Smaller, Seat and Tail Cowl

obvious visual ties to second-generation MotoGP racer, the the new Fireblade’s seat and tail been drastically shortened and and now seeming hover in the air above its fat tyre. This radical of size and accompanying weight was possible by the total redesign and of the ’Blade’s distinctive Centre-Up system, which has been into a tight package now resides directly underneath the for a significant contribution to the new CBR’s effectively centralised mass.

the Fireblade’s sleek and compact new dangles an ultra-slim moulded license plate holder also integrates the rear into its clean, lightweight further accentuating the CBR’s mass-centralised form. As always, a and secure compartment resides the seat cowl’s locking pad, providing just room for tool kit, paperwork and a small U-lock.


With an understated of graphic lines, the new 2008 Fireblade bursts onto the in four dramatic new colour that powerfully emphasise its racing spirit and peerless of construction. Leading the group is a rich candy red on black, exudes an uncommon sense of and quality.

In starkly contrasting on white, the CBR presents a powerful of Total Control, while a Honda red and black combination vivid expression to the Honda DNA that defines its every Last, in solid black the new stakes its claim as the pre-eminent of the litre displacement Super class.


Graphite (with Candy Glory

Pearl Sunbeam White Graphite Black)

Winning Red Graphite Black)



One of the most important to achieving top performance in a Super motorcycleand especially one like the intended for use on both street and realising a stronger and more power-to-weight ratio. Increasing alone only affects of the total performance equation, as vehicle weight can easily out gains made in engine

From its first debut in the CBR900RR and CBR1000RR Fireblade’s teams have rigorously on the overall balance of this by developing race-winning power in with intensive efforts to the inertial weight that a motorcycle from achieving its potential. With each generation, the Fireblade’s development have found new ways to not boost power output, but radically reduce weight, in impressive increases in its critical ratio, and by extension its overall

For 2008, the second generation of the proves to be no exception. A complete of its basic configuration realises not stronger, more manageable but also lighter weight in the that most affect the pickup and acceleration.

New Separate Cylinder Block

In order to the stronger, higher-revving power that the Fireblade’s engineering was looking for, a larger and shorter … were for. In order to keep size and weight down, new configuration required replacement of the model’s ceramic-composite cylinder with a highly rugged new JCP Circulation Plating) cylinder surface treatment which the cylinder bores to be increased 75 to 76mm, reducing cylinder from 6mm to 5mm while maintaining the cylinder pitch and overall width as before. Effective weight was also reduced, a significant contribution to the new engine’s 2.5kg weight loss to its predecessor.

New, More Head Configuration

In line its new sleeveless cylinder block, the engine also features a designed, more compact that is 15mm shorter and lighter in weight than its configuration. This was achieved by the lengths of the valves by as much as and relocating the camshafts 4mm lower and closer together. New, thin-wall camshafts also a remarkable 500g savings in while maintaining the same of strength and rigidity.

For further saving and quicker, higher-revving new titanium intake valves high strength to match lighter weight, as well as weight nested springs precisely close the valves less force and minimised float.

Lighter, Larger-Bore Pistons

Featuring a 1mm larger the Fireblade’s new forged aluminium also remarkably maintain the weight as the pistons they Carefully redesigned to be both stronger and effectively lighter, new pistons combine with a shorter … to make an contribution to the engine’s higher and faster pick-up and acceleration.

Developed Assist Slipper

As all expert sportbike riders and know, racing places loads on a motorcycle’s drivetrain, and one of the extreme is back torque by hard engine braking corners. While engine through rapid downshifts is a effective way of more quickly speed before entering a under the extremes of racing the torque or force of the faster rear wheel on the slower can cause the engine to overrev or in wheel hop as the wheel’s back on the chain loads up the rear and engine compression momentarily the lightened rear wheel’s of traction. Either of these can be unsettling distractions for a rider, one of precious fractions of a second in lap in the heat of competition.

In racing one common solution to this has been the addition of a back ‘slipper’ clutch, which the excessive reverse loads on the by mechanically forcing it open and disengaging or ‘slipping’ the clutch, allowing the rear wheel to smoothly catch up to engine Honda is well-versed in the use of slipper having first developed a system for its revolutionary 1979 racer and then applying an version in its VFR Works Superbike in 1982.

On production machines, the RVF750R (also known as the was also equipped with a clutch. However, until now the engineering team have not the need to adapt a slipper to this production Super engine.

Partially, this was it was felt that few non-racing needed or could even take advantage of such a and also because the slipper as it is currently known still had a few points that required before Honda felt it introduce such an addition on its Super Sports models. as other manufacturers have this development on their performance models, calls grown louder for a similar on the CBR1000RR to meet the needs of and aggressive riders who strongly on engine braking to more slow their speed corners.

Much like the of the Honda Electronic Steering Honda’s engineers weren’t with simply imitating gone before, but instead set out to a vastly improved system resolves inherent problems in the design. In the case of conventional clutches, one shortcoming is the amount of pressure required to force the back together once the is again accelerating and no more is required.

With some designs can result in an unsettling momentary of ‘freewheeling’, with no feeling of between the rear wheel and the With other designs measures can result in uncomfortably clutch action or require fine-tuning of spring pressure on riding or racing conditions. engineers thus studied all the of slipper clutches to be found on the made some fundamental in design, and now feel confident their new Honda Assist Clutch is fully ready for installed in the new 2008 CBR1000RR

Like most slipper the Honda Assist Slipper utilises a set of tapered cams to and disengage the clutch pressure when strong downshifting torque is fed to the clutch from the wheel. The force of regular from closing the throttle does not introduce enough torque to cause the mechanism to the clutch.

However, unlike conventional slipper clutch the new Honda Assist Slipper features another set of undercut to quickly force the pressure back together again and reengage the clutch almost the engine power is reapplied. design innovation thus disengagement time while reducing the amount of spring needed to reengage the clutch. In clutch spring tension is so that the new Fireblade now uses cable actuation instead of a clutch to optimise lever with enhanced feedback.

into corners aboard the new Fireblade is now a smooth, unruffled with a more natural as its new Assist Slipper clutch into play. However, the new system’s greatly enhanced performance and smoother control and through the corners, its newly ‘assist’ mechanism assures quicker and more assured re-engagement and much lighter and comfortable clutch actuation in all riding and racing conditions. Not will this advanced new reward expert riders and with smoother operation and lap times, it will also the vast majority of riders smoother and quicker downshifts, clutch feel and much comfortable, less potentially operation than may be experienced other systems.

New Mass-Centralised Exhaust System

One of the most changes to be seen in the new 2008 Fireblade is its compact, mass-centralised system, which is now concentrated entirely underneath the engine. In the of quicker, more responsive the CBR’s previous ‘Centre-Up’ system was moved from its location extending back the seat to a position as close as to the motorcycle’s centre of gravity, and under the engine, thereby the inertial effects of the system’s and mass on the machine’s ability to change directions.

Maximum clearance was also a critical in the design of the new exhaust, and the bulk of the steel system fits the small triangular area by the of the lowest point in the centre of the and the two foot pegs, with protruding that might the ground and interfere with the cornering angles associated racing at peak speeds and

Honda CBR1000RR concept

The exhaust then exits out the two at the end of its large right-side secondary reaching up just below and the swingarm pivot. This secondary muffler has also specially designed for optimum clearance, rising well out of the of contact when cornering to the right, and even the swingarm’s aluminium right-side arm was formed in a new shape to provide ample for the new system.

The muffler also a pair of exhaust valves maintain the engine’s full throughout its powerband while complete environmental compatibility. to maximise the engine’s exhilarating of high-speed performance, these controlled valves also a large part in the CBR’s smooth driveability.

Ultra-Low Emissions

The new 2008 CBR1000RR may be an aggressive Super Sports but concern for the environment has always a top priority in its ongoing development. conformity with Europe’s EURO-3 emissions regulations is an necessity, and this was accomplished, as with Honda’s proven oxygen-sensing catalyser system, monitors exhaust emissions and the intake’s air/fuel mixture to optimum combustion efficiency and of harmful exhaust gases at all speeds. However, the Fireblade’s emissions were also hand-in-hand with a significant in power and performance together a major loss of weight, other machines in this class will have a time duplicating.


For ultimate control on the streets and on the the CBR1000RR’s race-winning technology features an innovative cast frame that helps the motorcycle’s main components for handling and quicker, smoother to every rider input.

an optimal balance of light and rigidity, this organically frame allows the machine to more securely into and change lines with ease, whatever the riding or its rider’s level of expertise.

New Cast Aluminium Frame

In the for further reductions in weight and centralised chassis mass in next generation of the CBR1000RR the number of component parts in the construction of its frame was reduced nine pieces to only main castings, achieving a reduction of nearly 2.5kg. The four sections include a new steering head casting two large holes moulded in for new straight-shot ram air ducts, the two intermediate engine hanger rails, and a large U-shaped rear mount section that under the rear of the engine to the swingarm pivot and further the frame’s exceptionally rigid While all sections are hollow-formed approximately the same wall as the sections used in the construction of the model, the new frame is significantly than the unit it replaceswith rigidity increased 13%, rigidity up 40% and vertical rigidity up well as being 30mm and more compact overall.

the previous CBR’s ‘Centre-Up’ system to support, and a much tail cowl, the new frame’s aluminium seat rail also be made shorter and for a small but important reduction in weight. On top of this, the mass achieved with its new underslung system effectively reduced the roll inertia by 13% and yaw inertia by for significantly quicker turn-in that really must be first-hand to be believed.

New Gull-Wing-Shape Aluminium Swingarm

As noted in order to provide clearance for the new exhaust system’s large muffler, the CBR’s strong and hybrid aluminium swingarm was with a new ‘gull-wing’ apex into its pressed aluminium member. This new swingarm is longer than the one it replaces, a 16mm longer set length ensures smoother, more high-speed tracking while maintaining essentially the same wheelbase as its predecessor for exceptionally cornering response. The swingarm’s point was also raised increasing the swingarm angle 9.5 to 9.67 to provide an optimal to the engine’s increased power

Race-Ready Suspension Components

the CBR1000RR’s engine, frame and received impressive redesigns, it was that the ’Blade’s advanced systems were still to effectively do their jobs, so basic configurations received few Up front, handling is overseen by the same sturdy 43mm HMAS cartridge-type front which provides smoothly performance coupled with rigidity and low unsprung weight for the and confident control required for racing. The span of the fork was reduced by 10mm (from to 204mm) and offset was increased by (from 25mm to 27.5mm) for response to steering inputs, the front axle holders modified with a more design that increases while further minimising weight.

Integrated into the rigid but lighter-weight new ‘Gull-Arm’ aluminium swingarm is essentially the Unit Pro-Link rear system pioneered on Honda’s RC211V MotoGP racer and on both of Honda’s race-winning Its highly advanced design isolates the frame from the and stresses generated by conventional suspension systems, especially aggressive riding and racing For 2008, some minor were made to the system’s but linkage ratios and damper all remain the same.

Lighter Wheels

The new CBR1000RR Fireblade’s triple-spoke cast aluminium feature new thinner-wall spoke for 240g of reduced unsprung at the front and 310g at the reara weight savings that beneficial effects on both and handling. These mount of Bridgestone Battlax BT015 or Sportmax Qualifier radial front and rear.

New Monoblock Disc Brake Callipers

The superbly responsive radial-mount disc brakes now feature new brake callipers of a stronger and new monoblock design that a weight reduction of 126g per and a much more rigid Inside, new chrome-plated aluminium pistons replace heavier units for an impressive total of reduced unsprung weight at the callipers alone. These with narrower brake and a modified brake lever to increase braking performance a livelier, more responsive at the brake lever.

But that’s not the brake rotors were lightened with new six-point inner rotors replacing the ten-point units for a 90g reduction in The drilled rotor hole essentially the same year year, has also been changed, with several hole sizes used the surface to achieve both feel and lighter weight in a innovation that debuted on Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance


New Second-Generation HESD Damper

In 2004, the new CBR1000RR a startling new innovation to motorcycle in the form of its new Honda Electronic Damper (HESD), which maintain smoothly predictable handling while having little effect on control at speeds. In a further innovation on highly effective system, the now mounts a new second-generation HESD like that introduced on the CBR600RR. Significantly more in construction, this new HESD is secreted away underneath the tank cover and mounted to the behind the steering head, it is connected to the upper triple-clamp by an arm that moves the unit’s vane within its oil chamber.

As handlebar movement directly the vane built inside the oil chamber to move oil from one of the chamber to other through a circuit of oil lines regulated by a of check valves and an electronic As vehicle speed and acceleration these oil lines are gradually by the solenoid to provide effective against sudden movement of the fork and handlebars, such as occur when encountering a bump in a high-speed corner. As speed slows, the hydraulic gradually open, reducing the effect to virtually undetectable

This compact new generation of the Electronic Steering Damper an exceptional level of technological and seamless operation that demonstrates Honda’s commitment to advancements in riding ease and in highly competitive Super machines like the new CBR1000RR.

New More Compact 7AH Battery

ignored in most performance motorcycle batteries always to be weighty problems that require special design to work around. A typical 10 battery can weigh well 3kg and takes up a considerable amount of close to the motorcycle’s centre of other components must be around. Battery output is determined by how many repeated are possible on a single charge.

now, like most bikes, the CBR1000RR Fireblade’s startup characteristics have the use of a 10AH battery. On the new 2008 the engine’s starter ratio was along with starter characteristics to produce the same engine-turning torque with electrical current draw.

changes made it possible to the same number of repeated quicker startswith less output, thus permitting a battery to be used in the Fireblade any other motorcycle in its displacement The result? Its smaller new 7AH battery is 1kg lighter than the conventional battery it replaces.


Honda Access Europe will be supplying the new CBR1000RR with a broad assortment of to further extend its range of versatility and aggressive good These accessories include:

A of lightweight and stylish carbon parts specially developed for the including a rear wheel to protect chassis internals, a mudguard that also the lower front fork and decorative crankcase covers attach to ACG and clutch covers.

A fibre-look protective rear pad and fuel lid cover set adorned the HRC logo.

A colour-matched rear cowl that snaps place to accentuate the CBR1000RR’s competitive look.

A 30mm tinted windscreen that accentuates the Fireblade’s sharp of aggressive race-ready performance providing extra wind and long-term riding comfort.

An racing sticker set that fairing and wheel stickers.

A set of nylon fairing protectors reduce the risk of damage to parts.

A replacement comfort seat constructed of special foam for extended riding

A U-lock designed to fit into the space located under the seat pad or optional rear cowl.

A slimline tank bag designed for the CBR1000RR Fireblade to store valuable items.

A bag that can be mounted on the pillion for extra luggage space.

A alarm unit with detector, siren and back-up to provide extra protection vandalism and theft. A low-consumption mode protects battery drainage.

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Honda CBR1000RR concept
Honda CBR1000RR concept
Honda CBR1000RR concept


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