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2012 Honda CBR1000RR Superbike Smackdown Track Photo Gallery

Honda updates its liter-bike for ’12. Can it claw its way back to the top of the class? Find out in the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Track Comparison.

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Once again Honda came prepared to Motorcycle-USA’s shootout with a well-sorted chassis set-up.
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The addition of the Yoshimura pipe boosted mid-range and top-end power. It still needs more if it’s going to compete with the might BMW however.
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The Honda was one of the best handling bikes of the test. It was also very easy to ride.
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From turn-in to mid-corner and even on exit the Honda was at or near the top in each category.
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The ergonomics of the Honda aren’t demanding and were appreciated by all of our testers despite offering no adjustment.
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Although it no longer weighs the least it sure does feel like it does in motion.
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Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires were the spec-tire for our test this year.
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At Thunderhill, you won’t find an easier bike to ride than the CBR1000RR.
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The Honda blew us away with its easy and trustworthy handling.
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The Honda recorded the highest average corner speed at Thunderhill.
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The Honda’s chassis offers excellent feel at lean.
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The Honda’s impressive mid-range helps it rocket off corners.
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Superbike Smackdown IX Torque Comparison Chart
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Superbike Smackdown IX Horsepower Comparison Chart
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The Yoshimura slip-on pipe boosted engine power by nearly eight horsepower.
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The Dynojet quickshifter allowed for nearly instantaneous upshifts without letting off the throttle.
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2012 Honda CBR1000RR
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Honda CBR1000RR instrument diaplay.