The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR planned for next year has been one of this year’s hottest topics, with the promise of a new technology-heavy powerhouse. But we have learned that the next Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade won’t be the all-new Superbike many fans were expecting.
Our Japanese sources, generally impeccably briefed on forthcoming models, tell us he Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade will be honed rather than re-forged. While there will be wide-ranging changes to the engine, suspension and electronics, the updates will not be enough for the Honda CBR1000RR to be issued with an all-new internal model code.
What this means is the main chunks of the motorcycle – its chassis and the fundamentals of its engine – are not being changed. If correct, it would be seen as a remarkable achievement, since this update will see the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade remain until around 2020, when its basis will be well over a decade old. While Honda’s rivals have edged out the Japanese brand in both technology and performance, Honda’s choice to evolve its current motorcycle does have some merit. After all, sales figures show despite giving away as much as 13kW in peak power to the likes of Kawasaki’s ZX-10R and BMW’s S1000RR, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade has remained a strong seller worldwide.
While the almost-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade’s peak performance might be slightly down on its more powerful rivals, Honda will be aiming to capitalise on the motorcycle’s famously usable performance. With sales showing that many buyers are no longer concerned about the last fraction of peak power and are instead searching for rideability and control, even with relatively small updates, there’s really no reason the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade won’t remain a strong seller.Tag: HondaCBR1000RRFireblade1000ccSportbikeInline-Four2017TechnologyUpgrade