2008 Honda CBR1000RR

2008 Honda CBR1000RR
MSRP $11,599

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.


2008 Honda CBR1000RR First Ride

2008 Honda CBR1000RR First Ride

We take Honda's all-new CBR1000RR for a spin at Laguna Seca to see if the '08 bike has the chops to claim literbike supremacy.

Specifications
Year2008
ManufacturerHonda
ModelCBR1000RR
Engine TypeInline four-cylinder 4-stroke DOHC
Engine Displacement999cc
Bore Stroke76 x 55.1mm
CoolingLiquid cooled
Compression Ratio12.3:1
Fuel SystemDual-stage fuel injection
IgnitionDigital transistorized w/ 3-D map
Starting SystemElectric
TransmissionSix-speed
Final DriveChain
Rake Trail23.3°/96.2mm (3.8 in.)
Seat Height32.3 in.
Wheelbase55.4 in.
Front Suspension4.7 in.
Rear Suspension5.4 in.
Front BrakeDual Disc
Rear BrakeDisc
Front Tire120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire190/50ZR-17
Fuel Capacity4.7 gal.
Dry WeightN/A
MSRP$11,599

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