Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Honda CBR1000RR: The Mighty Fireblade!

The 2006 CBR1000RR - a proven cure for any mid-life crisis... :-))

Like all Honda products, the CBR 1000RR is smooth. It is, perhaps, the most refined 1000cc superbike in existence. Think of it as early-1990s CBR 900RR Fireblade, that’s been to finishing school. And while it was at it, also to the gym – pumping some serious iron and gulping some serious steroids. The 900RR was the first open-class sportbike of the modern era – the legendary Tadao Baba left no stone unturned in his quest to build the lightest, most powerful and the best-handling motorcycle ever – and the 1000RR is a worthy successor to the late, great 900RR. It’s been “inspired” by Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP championship winning racer – the RC211V, no less.

Path-breaking features on the 1000RR include Honda’s Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, which has the rear shock-absorber unit contained entirely within the swingarm (instead of one end attached to the frame, as is normal practice) and the Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), which is designed to defuse headshake. Both of these things promote stability at very high speeds. Which is just as well, for the mighty Honda is capable of hitting speeds of up to 285kph. Yet, like a docile like Activa scooter, the track-focused 1000RR’s fuel-injected motor is also content to putter along at ‘normal’ speeds, in city traffic and while it’s no cruiser, the riding position is not radical enough to kill you after a few expressway kilometers. It’s a Honda after all.

Power: 144bhp
0 to 100kph: 2.7 seconds
Top speed: 285kph
In a line: You used to meet the nicest people on a Honda!

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