Which is significant because the two bikes share identical geometry: 23.3-degree rake/3.7-inch trail and 55.7-inch wheelbase. They also weigh about the same, at 422 pounds dry. This, of course, points to the Öhlins suspension, and in particular the TTX shock, which does a better job of keeping the rear end from squatting under power with its superior damping. Up front is a 43mm NIX30 fork, a wonderfully damped unit that provides better front-end feel. All this contributes to the SP’s improved steering manners and rock-solid feel when leaned over. The takeaway here: Although the standard CBR is exceptionally good and has done very well in past shootouts, the SP is a very clear step up.