2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fire blade launched
Honda super-bike lovers.. it’s time to celebrate! The next-gen of the hallowed CBR1000RR has been launched in the Indian market. The 2017 Honda CBR1000-RR has been priced at Rs.17.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Honda has also introduced the Honda CBR1000RR SP variant also but the company hasn’t divulged price figures, but we expect the bike to carry a premium in the range of Rs.2.5 lakh and Rs.3 lakh over the standard Fireblade. Bookings for both the motorcycles have started at Honda’s exclusive Wing World dealerships located in Mumbai & Delhi. Both the bikes have been brought as Completely Built Units (CBUs) in India.
The standard Honda CBR1000RR was revealed at the 2016 EICMA motorbike show. Although, visually, the new bike doesn’t seem to be different from the older motorcycle, Honda claims that the 2017 CBR1000-RR is almost 90% different from its predecessor. Engineers have worked hard to reduce the kerb weight by a huge 15kg. This has resulted in the power to weight ratio increasing by 14 per cent. Power rating for the new motorbike now stands at 191-PS which is a bump of 11PS and peak torque stands at 115-Nm.
The biggest update on the new motorbike is the introduction of electronic aids. The 2017 Honda CBR1000-RR features a 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that manages the ABS system, 9-level Honda Selectable Torque Control traction control (HSTC), Throttle by Wire (TBW), Rear Lift Control (RLC) and Wheelie Control. And there’s more – three ride modes (Street, Circuit and Mechanic), five levels of power delivery and three levels of engine braking control. As you figured out, Honda made sure that even if they were late to join the electronic wizardry party, they made a banging entry. Moreover, the all-LED treatment to the headlight makes it looks cool.
It gets equipped with full-color TFT display even in the entry-level model. The frame has been made lighter to improve handling dynamics, while it also sports Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD). The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR gets equipped with Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork and a monoshock unit does duty at back. Retardation is offered by Tokico radially mounted four-piston brake calipers instead of Brembo units, while the aluminium wheels feature a Y-shape design. The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR will compete against the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Yamaha R1, BMW S 1000 RR, Aprilia RS V4 and the Ducati 1299 Panigale.