2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP - First Look

Honda fancies up its flagship sportbike.

Well, it hasn't been the flashiest, fastest or trickest for a few years now, but that hasn't stopped the CBR1000RR from being one of our perennial favorite liter bikes, and this special SP version will go a long way toward closing the missile gap. While Honda still hasn't climbed aboard the traction-control bandwagon, this CBR does get racier ergonomics (via new clip-ons and footpegs), more power, custom Öhlins suspension at both ends, Brembo front brakes and distinctive HRC graphics.

Hand-picked pistons and connecting rods give this special production CBR’s engine the best possible balance, and a new cylinder head and exhaust system “add additional power and torque,” Honda says. Meanwhile, a lightweight subframe carries a single-seat cowl that shaves weight and optimizes the bike’s CG. Diablo Supercorsa SC tires complete this Euro-encrusted CBR. Very nice, indeed, as it should be for the SP’s estimated $17K price tag. Will this be the CBR swan song? Is there a new CBR or RC-something-or-other waiting in the wings?

Stay tuned: Honda promises another big new model reveal November 18 at the Petersen Museum in L.A. And also says just wait till next year!

ENGINE TYPE|1000cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
BORE x STROKE|76.0 x 55.1mm
INDUCTION|programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) with 46mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
IGNITION|computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
TRANSMISSION|close-ratio six-speed
FINAL DRIVE|#530 O-ring-sealed chain
FRONT SUSPENSION|43mm Öhlins inverted fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability
REAR SUSPENSION|Unit Pro-Link Öhlins shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability
FRONT BRAKES|Brembo four-piston calipers; 320mm dual floating discs
REAR BRAKES|Single-piston caliper; 220mm disc
FRONT TIRE|120/70-17 Diablo Supercorsa SC
REAR TIRE|190/50-17 Diablo Supercorsa SC
WHEELBASE|55.5 in.
RAKE|23 degrees 3’
TRAIL|3.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT|32.2 in.
CURB WEIGHT*|440.9 lb. *includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.

Intro image.

Studio front 3/4 view (European ABS model).

Front wheel/shock/brakes (European ABS model).

Upper triple clamp (European ABS model).

Öhlins shock (European ABS model).