For 2010, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade gets a few new paint schemes and a few (barely discernable?) styling mods, including a modified tail unit with new clear lens taillamp and an aluminium muffler cover
According to the details given on Honda’s press website, ‘Innovations have been made to absorb fluctuations in engine torque and improve throttle control. The ACG flywheels have been made bigger and crankshaft rigidity has been enhanced to fit the flywheel size, increasing crankshaft inertia mass by 6.87%. This enables generation of optimal crankshaft inertia mass during racing, improving throttle control and racing potential. This has been achieved without any increase in weight through the use of lightweight components including an aluminium cylinder head sealing bolt, thin-walled flange section for the exhaust pipe and a smaller fan motor.’
‘Our oxygen-sensing HECS3 (Honda Evolutional Catalysing System) constantly monitors emissions, reducing any harmful gases and tailoring fuelling for the most efficient combustion mixture,’ says a press release from Honda.
As with last year’s model, Honda’s excellent C-ABS is an option on the Fireblade and is an absolute must-have in our opinion. Accessories available for the 2010 ’Blade include carbonfibre rear wheel hugger, front mudguard and crankcase covers, carbon-fibre-look tank pad and fuel lid covers, colour-matched rear seat cowl, taller windscreen (black-tinted or clear), replacement rider’s seat based on elastomer mesh technology, seat bag, tank bag, anti-theft kit, tubular steel paddock stand and a special ECU for C-ABS circuit usage.
Will the 'Blade still be one of the best all-around sportsbikes in 2010? Time and developments from Suzuki/Kawasaki/Yamaha will tell...!