Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade riding impression

2010 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR2010 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR
Can the 'Blade still hack it in the face of newer, more aggressive competition...?
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When it comes to litre-class superbikes, the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 and the Yamaha R1 are just about the hottest machines right now. And, of course, there’s the Ducati 1198R for those who’d rather have an Italian V-twin rather than a four-cylinder engine.

So where does that leave older bikes like the Honda Fireblade? For a long time, the CBR1000RR has been one of the best all-around sportsbikes that work equally well on the track and the street. Honda have made some improvements to the 2010-spec ’Blade to make sure the bike doesn’t fall too far behind its newer, harder-edged competition. Motociclismo recently tested the 2010 CBR1000RR and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the bike:

The Honda CBR1000RR won the Masterbike in 2008 and last year it got C-ABS, a significant safety feature which has proved really useful on the street. For 2010, Honda have made some improvements to the engine and made the power delivery more progressive and less abrupt.

On our dyno, the 2010 CBR1000RR produced 175 horsepower at 12,000rpm, compared to 168bhp at 12,200rpm for the 2009 model. The suspension works very well and the bike is very stable at high speeds, allowing you to accelerate hard out of fast bends. The HESD steering damper adapts to road / track conditions automatically and works flawlessly in all situations.

The new Fireblade’s gearbox is very precise and the brakes are excellent, even though our test bike was not fitted with the C-ABS system. Build quality is consistently high and vibration is virtually non-existent. The only thing is, the riding position is quite track-oriented and while the Fireblade can still be used and even be enjoyed on the street, it never lets you forget that it has primarily been designed for the racetrack…

For the full story, please visit Motociclismo

2010 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR2010 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR2010 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR
Is the Fireblade still one of the best all-around sportsbikes? Probably, yes...

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