Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2017 – Minimalist and dynamic. This is the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2017. After 25 years, the Fireblade 2017 and Fireblade SP 2017 are new. Our friends of Motorionline tried the bike on the Portimao circuit, in Portugal.
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2017: It is more powerful
The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2017 weighs just 195 Kg. 15 less than the earlier version. But it is more powerful. Now it has 192 CV. The new Showa suspension with 43 mm forks has the BPF (Big Piston Fork) technology. So, it allows more precise control and the front tire’s maximum grip. Then, the system offers the Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion system. Thanks to constant contact between the rear tire and the asphalt.
The engine of the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2017 is a 999.8 cc four-cylinder with a new compression ratio. From 12,3:1 to 13:1. The horses are 192 and there’s a new titanium silencer. The same supplier of Repsol Honda MotoGP Team creates it. It has a gritty sound. So, the Honda Fireblade 2017 is the first bike of the Japanese brand with the throttle Throttle by Wire (TBW). It’s the same system used on the RC213V-S. The Fireblade 2017 has an enhanced version of traction control Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). This device determines the couple who must deliver the engine using two methods of detection.
The news does not end. There is the Power Control. It lets you choose from 5 levels of power delivery and throttle response. Then, there is the Selectable Engine Brake, the electronic motor brake adjustable in 3 steps. The braking system consists of the front dual disc 320 x 4.5 mm, with Tokico radial 4-piston calipers and special pads. With the rear single disc from 220 x 5 mm. The front wheels are 120/70 ZR17 58W and 190/50 ZR17 73W for the rear one. The tires are Bridgestone Battlax S21.
The SP Version
The Honda CBR1000RR SP is equipped with Öhlins semi-active suspensions, with Öhlins electronic control. It adapts in real-time automatically (A1, A2 and A3) and 3-based manuals setting (M1, M2 and M3). Another difference of SP is the gearbox, featuring quick-shifter, placing gear and climbing (on the base version is optional). The 16-liter titanium tank, standard on the Fireblade SP, is lighter than 1.3 Kg.
The lithium-ion battery on the SP version is lighter, weighing only 1 Kg. The goal of each new release in 25 years of Fireblade was to realize a steady improvement. They remain faithful to the concept of “total control” and offer a collection cleverly balanced, incredibly effective at the track and on the road.