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Bringing the Fireblade

Bringing the Fireblade closer in line with its legendary RC213V-S street-legal race bike was Honda’s goal. If that’s not enough to get excited about, the CBR1000RR-R also gets a new aerodynamics package descended directly from the RC213V race bike. In the promotional video we featured on our Facebook page, Marc Márquez described these winglet as “unbelievable.” Of course, he’s probably going to say something like that, but we can still take that exclamation for whatever it’s worth. Honda also reworked the electronics. The HSTC (Honda’s Traction Control) is revised and it also includes a start mode. Through the six-axes IMU you got total control on the power, engine brake, wheelie control and traction control. The ride-bywire throttle was also updated for an improved feeling. The info you need appears on a new fullcolor TFT dash. Honda once again offer a SP variant of the CBR1000RR-R, which will come with some very tasty upgrades: second-generation semi-active SEAT HEIGHT Öhlins EC 43mm NPX front forks, an Öhlins TTX36 Smart-EC rear shock, Brembo Stylema four-piston radial front calipers, and the Brembo monoblock rear caliper previously seen on the RC213V-S. The CBR1000RR-R SP is also equipped with Start Mode (launch control) for race starts. It limits The new CBR1000RR-R is available in 2 colours - Matte Pearl Morion Black (above) and Grand Prix Red (below) WHEEL BASE 831 1455 MM MM Straight out of MotoGP Destined from the outset to compete in the World Superbike Championship, the CBR1000RR-R uses a chassis and bodywork derived from the Honda RC213V-S race replica with the inlinefour engine producing 214 hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 12,500 rpm. Race technology is liberally applied in the CBR1000RR-R with the use of titanium connecting rods, forged pistons and fingerfollower rocker arms for valve actuation. The frame looks like it has been taken off the MotoGP grid, made from aluminium alloy and increased rigidity in the vertical plane as well as torsional resistance but with more ‘give’ in the horizontal to boost grip and feel. The swingarm of the 2020 Fireblade is also longer than before to increase stability and is made from 18 individual pieces of welded alloy. Electronic stuff Naturally, a full suite of rider aids accompanies the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HTSC), power, engine braking and wheelie control with the addition of start mode for those holeshot starts. Also in the-fit out is a three-level electronic steering damper made by Showa for Honda, up-and-down quickshifter and second generation Ohlins electronic suspension. The Blade’s bodywork clearly demonstrates the huge aerodynamic strides that Honda has taken since its last major revamp. A trio of winglets hides behind the outer fairing panel on each side, creating – it’s claimed – as much downforce as the 2018 RC213V MotoGP bike, so more stability under braking and out of the corners. Although not movable, these are very much like the design revealed in Honda’s recent activeaerodynamics patent, so don’t discount the idea of active versions in future. Stoppers Braking is done with Brembo Stylema callipers on 330 mm diameter discs and two-level ABS is standard. Aerodynamic sensibility pervades the new Fireblade with the rider position designed for pure racetrack work, aided by winglets on the sides of the fairing for downforce at speed. The RR-R’s full-colour TFT dash includes a lean angle display from the bike’s built-in inertial measurement unit (IMU) and all the other info you can dream of. One will notice there is no place to insert a key - that’s because the new Blade has a smart key system - not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing... 44 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019