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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Honda is building a limited-edition super sport version of its CBR1000RR. Sounds exciting. Image: Honda


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  • Track-focused CBR1000RR Fireblade
  • Ohlins front and rear suspension
  • Brembo mono block front brake callipers
  • Factory-matched engine internals

Honda is building a limited-edition super sport version of its 2014 CBR1000RR. It has SP added to its name, a whole bunch of race-ready goodies fitted and its available in South Africa.


The chassis is kitted out with circuit-ready front and rear Ohlins suspension plus Brembo four-piston mono block callipers, with frame revisions and new top and bottom yokes to suit. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres are the finishing touch.

As a track-focused machine there's no provision for a pillion and a sleek single seat unit saves weight. The SP version sports a white and two-tone blue with a central red stripe and trademark Honda gold wheels.


The CBR1000RR SP's cast aluminium twin-spar frame is based on  the standard machine with modifications to match the suspension. The inverted front fork has an outer tube diameter of 55mm and the revised top and bottom yokes use a steel, rather than aluminium, steering stem.

As on the CBR1000RR the aluminium gullwing swing arm operates through MotoGP-derived Unit Pro-Link rear suspension. Rake is set at 23° 30' with trail of 96mm a wheelbase of 1410mm. The weight is 199kg with a front/rear weight distribution of  52.7%/47.3%

Honda said: "The second-generation Honda electronic steering damper monitors speed and tailors the damping accordingly. It enhances stability at high speed by minimising sudden steering angle changes while also leaving the steering untouched and light at low speed.

"The SP version has the same riding position as the standard machine, offering outstanding control, leverage and acceleration."

The footpegs, however, compared to the 2013 model year CBR1000RR, are set 10mm back and the handlebars are wider, lower (by 1°) and further forward (by 5°). A new rear sub-frame designed as a single-seater is lighter and the revised seat materialfirmer.

Check out the spex for the CBR1000RR SP

The 12-spoked, cast aluminium rims, Honda says, "perfectly complement the new suspension set-up". The front 17x3.50" rim wears super-sticky, track-ready, fully road-legal Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres; a 120/70-ZR17 front and a 190/50ZR17 rear on a 17x6" rim.

Brembo mono block four-piston calipers were chosen because of their compatibility and performance potential with the suspension.

The CBR1000RR SP's 999.8cc, quad-valve inline four-cylinder engine has the same cylinder head updates as the standard machine. The valve seats have been revised to match the cylinder-head work and the intake funnels are now "slash cut", a design used in World Superbikes.

Bore and stroke is are 76x 55.1mm, compression ratio of 12.3:1. At 35mm (from 38mm) the exhaust pipe diameters are smaller more more torque and a new vertical connecting pipe balances pressure between cylinders two and three.

Peak power of 133kW - up two kW - arrives at 12 250rpm; torque is improved in the 4000rpm-6000rpm area with 114Nm delivered at 10 500rpm.

The MotoGP-derived slipper clutch, Honda says, ensures full power transmission together with smooth gear shifts and light feel at the lever.


In the critical hard braking, back-shifting corner-entry phase it decreases the torque passed from engine to the rear wheel, reducing the chance of traction loss and increasing stability.

Honda said: "The CBR1000RR SP uses a new 'wave' design ignition key; it offers improved security and its compact size greatly reduces the chance of it breaking. Also new is the fuel-tank cap - it uses an improved breather design for better venting."

Instrumentation is a multi-function LCD with a cockpit display dominated by the digital bar-type linear tachometer that scrolls left to right as engine speed increases.

Beneath this are the main numerical read-outs: gear position, coolant temperature, speedometer, clock/lap time, trip/fuel efficiency/fuel consumption and odometer/numerical tachometer.

At the bottom of the display are headlights, bright lights neutral and indicators. In addition the odometer may be switched to display engine rpm numerically.


The lap timer has four modes. The display can also show current and average fuel consumption, distance travelled and total elapsed time.To assist debriefing after a session, lap time recall mode shows the fastest lap time and the lap on which it was set.

To ensure gear shifting at the optimum engine rpm, the five-level shift indicator display uses highly visible white LEDs, adjustable for brightness. They illuminate sequentially as engine rpm rises, finally blinking at a chosen pre-set rpm (default is 13 000 but can be set from 4000 to 13 000rpm). The interval between sequential illumination can also be set at 0, 200 or 400rpm.

The Honda CBR1000RR SP is sold standard with Honda Academy training, a year's roadside assistance and a two-year unlimited distance warranty.
Price: R189 990.

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