2008 Honda CBR1000RR
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.
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.
|Engine Type||Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke DOHC|
|Bore Stroke||76 x 55.1mm|
|Fuel System||Dual-stage fuel injection|
|Ignition||Digital transistorized w/ 3-D map|
|Rake Trail||23.3°/96.2mm (3.8 in.)|
|Seat Height||32.3 in.|
|Front Suspension||4.7 in.|
|Rear Suspension||5.4 in.|
|Front Brake||Dual Disc|
|Fuel Capacity||4.7 gal.|
After battling at the racetrack, Superbike Smackdown X moves to the street to see how the same six Superbikes perform on the open road.