The 2008 Honda CBR1000RR appears to be a return to the type of philosophy that made the original CBR900RR so popular: Take the performance envelope and make it big, make it encompass more than just one aspect of the riding experience. For '08 this RR picked-up where the '07 left off. It's 6-lbs lighter, 6-hp stronger with a longer wheelbase and more aggressive steering geometry. While the other bikes got bigger and heavier, the CBR is smaller and lighter. The styling is questionable but looks more retro than funky, evoking the stubby lines of the RC-51 and 900RR instead of pointy and angular like some of the other bikes in this test.
Bore & Stroke
Rake and Trail
Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke DOHC
76 x 55.1mm
Dual-stage fuel injection
Digital transistorized w/ 3-D map
23.3°/96.2mm (3.8 in.)