Evolution Over Revolution
Honda last overhauled the CBR1000RR back in '08, giving it a new frame, reworked engine, slipper clutch and more. In the subsequent years, the bike would finish towards the top of nearly every test it entered (although neither the '08 model, nor its successors, ever won a Sport Rider literbike shootout, despite always being a top contender for the crown). Why is this important you ask when we have more important issues to deal with? Say, the new 2012 model? It's important because, quite frankly, much of what made the previous generation CBR so great has simply been carried over to the '12 model. The frame/swingarm combination is identical, for instance. The engine has gone untouched (sorry to those hoping for BMW-crushing power in '12), as have the other features garnered back in '08, including the slipper clutch, Pro-Link rear suspension and Ignition Interrupt Control System, which Honda incorporated to smoothen the off/on throttle transition.