One of the very first motorcycles to be unveiled at EICMA 2021 was the 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. Despite quite a bit remaining the same, including the design, the motorcycle gets significant updates for 2022.
The first thing highlighted by Honda is the refinement of the engine and the emphasis on a much stronger midrange. To that end, the 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade continues to make 214 bhp of power despite the revised and revamped intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels, and exhaust. All of these changes have been carried out to improve the mid-range grunt. The final drive sprocket also gets a major change with a 43-tooth sprocket, up by 3 teeth.
Additionally, electronics have been refined as well. Honda has updated the traction control algorithm to improve the traction available to the rear wheel. This is bound to improve the throttle feel as well. Another change is the new material and surface finish for the Nissin brake callipers and it is touted to improve braking performance especially when the brakes get hot.
The rest of the things remain unchanged with the motorcycle still built around Honda’s aluminium ‘diamond frame’. The base model gets Showa suspension but even the base model does feature an electronic steering damper.
Finally, there’s the familiar TFT dash that can be used to change the various parameters of the motorcycle such as throttle map, engine braking, launch control, and so on. The motorcycle has a kerb weight of 201 kg. What we consider to be the highlight is the limited edition 30th Anniversary model’s paint job.