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Fireblade on top! Honda CBR1000RR-R is the new speed king of WSBK

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  • Fireblade on top! Honda CBR1000RR-R is the new speed king of WSBK

    The Honda Fireblade or the CBR1000R has always been a wonderful litre-class motorcycle always known for its gentle mannerisms and the ease of riding. But a lot of people were critical of the power gap between the 'Blade and its counterparts. This year the Tokyo based marquee came up with a fire-breathing answer to all of that... the Honda CBR1000RR-R! And it has already powered past the Ducati Panigale V4 R when it comes to the top speed in WSBK!

    Ever since the introduction, motorcycling enthusiasts were going nuts over the 200+ bhp of power and the radical overhaul that Honda brought for the Fireblade. With the MotoGP project of HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) already enjoying a wildly successful run, the WSBK campaign was a bit lacklustre, to say the least. But not anymore!

    The Honda CBR1000RR-R was just what the doctor ordered to bolster the chances of the Tokyo-based manufacturer in World Superbike Championship. With full HRC backing, Honda is already looking very strong and is poised for a heck of a show at Phillip Island this week. The motorcycle has a purported 210-214hp on tap and it was more than apparent during the final practice at Phillip Island.

    Both Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam have been consistently topping the speed traps during two days of WorldSBK testing at Phillip Island. Bautista hit 322km/h during Tuesday’s morning session, while the Spaniard was easily fastest again with a 317.6km/h in the afternoon despite only clocking the 17th fastest lap time.

    It is more or less like last year when the Ducati Panigale V4 R debuted. It was simply a rocket in a straight line. With a massive power figure courtesy of the 90-degree V4, it was remarkably faster than its inline-4 competitors. But this year, the Honda CBR1000RR-R has managed to edge past and take the crown of Speed King from the Bologna rocket.

    Now, something interesting... Last year, when the Panigale V4 R was dominating its counterparts, FIM jumped in and the intervention saw the rev-limits of the Panigale V4 R dialled back. That reduced most of the top speed advantage that the V4 R had... but even then, the V4 R was more or less the fastest motorcycle on the straights.

    What's interesting is if the same thing is going to happen to the new 'Blade. The Honda CBR1000RR-R revs up to 15,600 rpm in comparison to the other inline-4s of Kawasaki and Yamaha at 14,600 rpm and 14,900 rpm, respectively. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but we are glad to see the 'Blade back on the sharp end of the superbike speed spectrum.

    Our fondness of the 'Blade goes way back to 2006 when we took it for our roadtrip around India during The Great Indian Roadtrip. And to think we were perhaps the first ones to do that... no wonder we wanted the 'Blade back on top again!

    Last edited by NewsReaper; 02-26-2020, 11:02 PM.

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    Re: Fireblade on top! Honda CBR1000RR-R is the new speed king of WSBK

    Honda CBR 1000RR-R Price leaked: Too much of performance, money, winglets and R's in the name?

    Last week Honda announced that bookings for the new CBR1000RR-R had commenced prior to its Indian launch. We have got our hands on the pricing of the upcoming superbike and it isn’t good news for Fireblade fans. According to our sources, the standard Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade will be priced at Rs 30 lakh and the top-spec Fireblade SP variant will carry a sticker price of Rs 34 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom). The pricing comes as a shocker as the older CBR1000RR Fireblade retailed between Rs 17 lakh and Rs 21 lakh in India.

    Like its predecessor, the new Fireblades will be brought to our market via the CBU (completely built unit) route. The Honda CBR1000RR-R has made a massive leap in comparison to the older bike with respect to styling, power and features. It looks much sharper and sporty and is the first production bike to feature winglets.

    In-line four-cylinder BS6-compliant motor, that pumps out an incredible 217.5PS and 113Nm of torque.
    Kerb weight of 201kg, Power-to-weight ratio above 1:1.
    Electronic goodies include
    a six-axis IMU unit,
    nine-level traction control,
    wheelie control,
    three power modes,
    cornering ABS,
    launch control,
    The new TFT display allows one to control these options..

    The SP variant gets additional goodies such as Ohlins semi-active suspension and Brembo Stylema calipers.

    Speaking of the competition, it will face BMW S1000RR, the BS6 compliant model of which is not in India so far..

    In the end, the time is also not quite favourable for this industry and segment, so its most likely going to face a tough time.
    Not to mention, its somewhat of a radical shift from what Honda was known for, even in this segment. Will the loyalists like it? I believe they should.

    Last edited by Samarth 619; 08-07-2020, 04:16 PM.
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