The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP goes to the next stage of Total Control. The power-to-weight ratio has been improved by 14% – reaching the best level ever for the Fireblade – thanks to a 15kg weight reduction and an 8kW boost in power. It’s also equipped with semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension, plus Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake, new ABS, Quickshifter, Downshift Assist, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector. The MotoGP-derived RC213V-S technology elevates the riding experience even further.



The machine is now a full 15kg lighter, with a wet weight of 195kg. And with an 8kW boost in power, the Fireblade’s physical handling has also been transformed. Rake and trail remain 23.3°/96mm, but the hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminium frame’s rigidity balance has been significantly adjusted to allow even sweeter handling with outstanding steering response, feel and stability.

Suspension and brakes

The Brembo four-piston monobloc radial-mount brake callipers use newly developed high-mu (coefficient of friction) brake pads – these have a greater performance parameter at higher temperatures than standard pads, and suit aggressive riding. The aluminium wheels feature a new five-Y-shape design, shaving about 100g of weight.

The new electronic control system works with the Öhlins Objective Based Tuning Interface, to adjust both the compression and rebound damping force of the semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control (S-EC) front fork and rear shock. For the rider, this means access to a whole new level of handling ability, with suspension reaction – whether working through pre-sets or manual input – that delivers exactly the right amount of control in every situation. It functions as well on the road as it does on the track and, for Honda, a new era begins.

Electronic suspension

The Fireblade SP is the first Honda motorcycle to be equipped with Öhlins S-EC suspension front and rear: a 43mm NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock.

The Suspension Control Unit (SCU) receives roll rate, yaw rate and lean angle information from a 40g 5-axis (3-axis acceleration and 2-axis angular velocity) Bosch MM5.10 IMU gyro, located close to the machine’s centre of gravity. It also gathers wheel speed, engine rpm, brake input and throttle angle from the FI-ECU and, depending on the suspension mode selected by the rider, delivers optimal compression and damping force (adjusted via each step motor) during normal riding, plus hard acceleration, braking and cornering.