Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Japan-only Honda CBR1000RR and CBR600RR track specials!

The 2008 Fireblade and CBR600RR, made lighter, meaner and more track-focused than ever before. But you can only buy them in Japan...

According to a report on Motociclismo, Honda have announced the availability of special, track-prepped Fireblades and CBR600RRs. Tweaked to the max and pared to the bone, these bikes are currently only available in Japan, though Honda might also sell these in other markets later.

Mods to the CBR600 include the fitment of new fork springs and shock absorbers and a racing exhaust, and removal of anything that doesn’t help make the bike go faster. The Fireblade gets a close-ratio gearbox, a more robust, higher-revving engine with new cams and valves, fully adjustable high-spec suspension, an HRC clutch kit and, of course, a lap timer. The ride height at the rear is adjustable, and in order to keep the weight down, Honda have even ditched the catalytic converter, since these bikes are only meant for track use.

These track-special Fireblades and CBR600RRs are apparently meant for racing teams as well as individuals who do not use their bikes outside of the racetrack. No word yet on whether these track-specials will be made available outside Japan, but we’ll keep you posted…

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The amazing Honda Dream 50R...
In XESS: Honda CB1000R-based streetfighter from Italy!
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What's the FASTEST Honda ever made? (And no, it isn't the NSR500 or the RC212V!)

The Honda NSR500, one of the greatest 500cc GP racers from the two-stroke era. More on this machine here, and see our interview with Wayne Gardner, 1987 500cc world champ, here

Here are some more Hondas which we like. From left, the VFR400, the Interceptor 1000 and the very cool, very nifty little CBR400RR!

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