Thursday, September 06, 2007

2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR revealed...

2009 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade: First pics here!


Yes indeed, this is the 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR!

All right, so the speculation has come to an end - what you see here isn't some computer-generated rendering, but the real deal, the brand-new, 2008 Honda CBR1000RR. Wet weight is 199 kilos, while power output is 178bhp at 12,000rpm. As you can see, the bike has been heavily restyled - the fairing is all new, as is the MotoGP-inspired rear end and the stubby exhaust system. The wheels are new, the chassis and swingarm have been redesigned, turn-signals at the front have been integrated into the rear-view mirrors, and the air-intakes ducts have been reworked and repositioned. The 2008 Fireblade also gets a slipper clutch (finally...!) and a new, sophisticated steering damper. This is a big, big makeover for the CBR1000RR, and Honda must be hoping the new Fireblade will not only be able to take on the R1, GSX-R1000 and ZX-10R but also beat those bikes in sheer performance terms.


While it doesn't look so good in profile, the new Fireblade looks better when viewed from the front...

Honda have also shown their 2008 VFR800, and surprisingly, it carries on unchanged from the 2007 model. We had earlier reported that Honda are likely to replace the VFR800 with a brand-new, high-tech VFR1000. However, that may indeed still happen. Honda might have two sports-tourers in their range and the VFR1000 may be the range-topper. It's also almost 100% certain that the inline-four-powered 2008 Fireblade will be the last of its ilk. Honda are expected to replace the CBR1000RR with an all-new, V4-powered 1000cc superbike in 2009, which will also be their WSBK contender.


The 2008 Fireblade: Launch video from the Paris Show


Does the 2008 CBR1000RR look better than the 2007 model? Umm... we don't think so!

Update (20th Sep, 2007): Stunning new Honda Evo6, CB1100R and CB1100F revealed!


For the adventure bike set, here's the 2008 Honda XL 700 V Transalp...


For middleweight sportsbike fans, the 2008 Honda CBR600RR, which carries on unchanged from the 2007 model. New colour schemes will be offered, but no changes to the engine, chassis or suspension...

...though this special edition 2008 Hannspree Honda CBR600RR looks cool!
On the left is the 2008 Honda VFR800 Interceptor and on the right is the 2008 Honda Big Red, some kind of quad/multi-utility vehicle...

Also see:
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The Suzuki Stratosphere 1100 to be launched in 2009!
KTM: You're toast!
Hurricane: 200mph superbike from Triumph in 2008?
2008 BMW HP2 Sport 1200 to go into production soon...
2008 Kawasaki Z1400 and KTM RC8 pics!
Star Motorcycles: Yamaha V-Max launch delayed to 2009
First pics: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125...
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Extreme performance, but what about the styling...?

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is nice picture of the 2008 fireblade dated 06 September 2007 09:35 in MCN


http://www.motorcyclenews.com/upload/199497/images/2008hondafirebladesilver.jpg

Cheers, OR

first_synn said...

It ain't called the Fireblade coz the model was unveiled in the USA, and CBRs were never called by the 'Blade moniker over there.

Funny, I thought you already knew this fact; being in the auto journalism field and all..

Anyhoo, pathetic attempt at styling an R6 clone. Current gen Hondas are the most boring sports bikes to look at, in real life. If you see a 600RR and R6 parked side to side, you'l know what i mean.

Anonymous said...

there is no way they are going to cmoe out with an all new v4 bike a year after producing a COMPLETELY new bike, maybe after this model runs its course but claiming a v4 for 09 is laughably naive

Anonymous said...

its somehow ugly in look. What were they thinking. Selling bike to the blind?? For years ive been supporting Honda, but now its so disappointed with the ugly stupid blind designer. Good Bye HONDA. Suzuki Here I comes. Should we do some donation to honda, obviously their sale gonna be down next year.

Anonymous said...

Maybe there is some truth in the V4 rumour for 2009. After this blunder, surely Honda is gonna hafta do something spectacular to get the sales back. Oh Zues! This thing is more hideous than the Kawasaki!! dude! talking about dropping the standard. After the release of the first *gorgeous* CBR1000RR, the series had defintely taken a nose dive lol...

Anonymous said...

Here's the e-brochure for the 2008 fireblade

http://www.hondaitalia.com/moto/uff_stampa/pres_modelli/2008/cbr1000rr/CBR1000RR_Fireblade_ebrochure/index.html

Anonymous said...

I wasn't immediately attracted to it, but after looking at all of the pics a few times, I think it looks awesome...Good to see Honda snazz things up a bit...Can't wait to see the performance specs! Now, how do I convince the wife that it's time for me to get another bike.

more pics on www.motorcycle-usa.com

Follow the leader, he's on a HONDA!!!!

fan_boy said...

ok, the 2007 fireblade was a good looking bike but I suppose Honda would have to move on, wouldn't they? given that, the new 'Blade is a good effort. mark my words, we'll all get used to the way it looks in a few days and then the old blade will start looking... OLD! :-D

Anonymous said...

I bought the 2007 fireblade & I think the fairing & exhaust is better styled than the 2008, though it does get so friggin' hot in your calves what with the exhaust right under your arse!

Anonymous said...

nice comeback HONDA! i thought this bike looked horrible a couple of weeks ago when i saw the side view. but now i think this bike looks realllllly good. im a suzuki guy but i think its about time sportbikes styling move on and get away from all the overstyled and stupidly aggressive look and focus on performance. THIS IS DEFINITELY NEXT GEN. sign me up! lol

Anonymous said...

So, i first noticed pics of the new CBR 1000rr yesterday and from first sight, my jaw dropped wondering what the hell Honda was thinking with the new front fairing? UGLY! The gp exhaust will be something I can deal with, but the lights and the flattened front end had me cringing! I think they were trying to re-create the old snub-nosed look from earlier CBR models. By viewing it straight on, it's hard to tell if it's a sport or a tour bike? I have to admit, I'm a Honda guy, but I'm a bit dissapointed in the new look. On the bright side, by looking at the specs, it looks to be a beast in terms of performance. I guess this is Honda's attempt at regaining the liter bike crown? Lets hope it lives up to the hype! I'm hoping the look will grow on me as it kinda seems to look better by the minute...lol. Anyway, be patient Honda loyalists. It will look much prettier in person and we'll soon be finding ways to buy it!

Anonymous said...

if your the type of biker who goes to the local meet and sits on the grass looking at their bike then simply dont buy one !
but if you actually want a bike for the way it performs then im sure it wont let you down .
its a classic case of funtion before form .
i have already pre ordered a new one for march 08 and cant wait to take my first ride .

Anonymous said...

Everyone has their own opinion, so I'll share mine. I think Honda has finally hit the bullseye with the 08 1000. After hearing people whine for so long about Honda not embracing the present and living in the past, both style and technology wise, I wonder if all you nay sayers really think it's so ugly, or that it's just so different that you weren't expecting it. Personally I feel that it's a great looking bike, and I can't wait to trade for it when it hits showroom floors. The black WILL be mine. RIDE RED

Suadref said...

beautiful... simply beautiful...
I think I'm in love

Anonymous said...

The new 2008 CBR1000RR is in fact ugly. I work for a Honda motorcycle dealership and there is no way I would buy it. I will be bold enough to step down and get a new 2008 CBR600RR and live with myself then to buy that 1000. Heck, I would even go as far as saying I'd buy a GSXR before I'd buy that 1000RR and I have NEVER owned anything but Honda's! I'll wait another 3 or 4 years for them to change the design again....

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I bouught my bike when I did, because this bike is ugly.

Anonymous said...

"Current gen Hondas are the most boring sports bikes to look at, in real life."
There's the catch. Riders ride liter bikes and posers look at them.
"Good Bye HONDA. Suzuki Here I comes."
Good Bye POSER. Your pennies won't be missed by Honda.
"This thing is more hideous than the Kawasaki!!"
You can say you don't like the way the '08 1000RR looks but it isn't possible that any bike could be as ugly as the '08 ZX-10. LOL
"the old blade will start looking... OLD! :-D"
It already does! LOL
"its about time sportbikes styling move on and get away from all the overstyled and stupidly aggressive look and focus on performance. THIS IS DEFINITELY NEXT GEN."
This is a very intelligent post.
"if your the type of biker who goes to the local meet and sits on the grass looking at their bike then simply dont buy one! but if you actually want a bike for the way it performs then im sure it wont let you down. its a classic case of funtion before form."
Another very intelligent post!
"I think Honda has finally hit the bullseye with the 08 1000."
Three for three! LOL

Anonymous said...

There's a striking resemblance to the 200bhp Ducati Desmosedici RR. Either that ugly fairing must have some super fly MotoGP aerodynamics or heads should roll at Honda.

If I wanted an ugly brute I'd buy the Kawi, although to be honest the more I look at it the more I think it may not look so bad next to my current 04' 1000rr.

Either way I think I'm stuck w/ it after waiting this long. Stupid Honda...why didn't they just come out w/ a V5 bike!

Biker Gal said...

Really dont like the look of the 2008 fireblade. But apparently its had some good reviews on its perfomance. But for me Im not good enough to tell the difference between the performance on these new bikes. there all pretty close. Its more of a design thing for me, if it looks good i'll buy it. Either way you had better get some motorcycle insurance because 178bhp on two wheels is mental, and all I can suggest is be sensible on this bike its not a toy and should be your first bike if you have only just passsed your test.

Pimmetje said...

199 kilo ? Too heavy to be called a "super"-sport bike.

I own the 2002 model let's do a little calculation....150bhp/168 = 0,905 bhp/kg

new model.... 178/199 = 0,89 bhp/kg

???? Is this the improvement they made in 6 years ???

I really was thinking about a new bike this year.....but no way it will be this....thing.... If there is a new 2007 model I buy that one, otherwise I stick to what I have now. And maybe I'll upgrade the car the an Audi S4 !

Anonymous said...

In regards to the weight of the new blade coing in at 199KG, This weight is wet, So you have 18L of Fuel your oils and brake fluids etc, with all these weights taken into account the new bike is actually 4KG lighter then the overal weight of the '07 blade. This bike has trimmed the fat and with the new luggage and seating options much more user friendly for all applications of road riding, For now i'll stick with my '06 Blade but this is only due to having invested to much money into my bike for extra performance so my misus would ll me if i blew another near 20K on the new blade, maybe i can upgrade in 09 ?...

Anonymous said...

The 1000RR's are a superior bike to the 954RR, sorry. Now that the new Blade is 197 kg that's 7 kg lighter than the 2007. It is light years ahead of the 954RR LOL.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE SEEN IT IN THE FLESH........... IT IS MAGNIFICENT.

Voodoo ROb said...

I own the 2002 model let's do a little calculation....150bhp/168 = 0,905 bhp/kg

new model.... 178/199 = 0,89 bhp/kg


Ok, now add, say, a 80kg rider to both bikes.

178/(199+80)=0.638

150/(168+80)=0.605

Seems better to me, maybe my math is off?

Anonymous said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder guys,
sure it might not be as pleasing to the eye to some of you, i believe it looks better, the rear end just needs to be cleaned up with a fender eliminator.

I rode it today and for a stock liter bike, it hauls ass and handles very well.

its also very forgiving, making it it easier for your average joe toe hop on it and ring it guts out of it.

im 6'5 115kg's and i felt at home on the bike!


Awesome bike! ill take one in every color :)

Anonymous said...

The '08 Blade OWNS all.

Anonymous said...

BELIEVE ME.....BELIEVE ME....PLEASE,,,,, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT IN PERSON...THIS IS ONE OF THE SEXIEST BIKE EVER-BUILT.

THE NEW FIREBLADE 2008 = SEX ON WHEELS.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe all these guys that posted comments are still alive. It sounds like there all in the 5th grade.

Anonymous said...

Ive just brought a 2010 model was not to sure on the front end but when i went back to look at it was not so bad did like the 05 but i smashed it up its took me 4 and a half years to get this one it good to have some thing abit werid and stands out but thats just me lol

Anonymous said...

I just bought an 08 and love it. Love the look power and handleing. Get on 1 and ride u will love it.

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