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2010 Honda CBR1000RR Long Term Wrap Up

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hondas 10 CBR leads the new Aprilia through T-Hills fast chicane.
The Honda serves up plenty of mid-corner stability.
Honda’s current generation (2008-plus) CBR1000RR is one of our favorite sportbikes to ride on the street and racetrack.
Since being fully redesigned in 2008, Honda’s CBR1000RR has garnered plenty of awards. It won back-to-back titles in our prestigious Superbike Smackdown sportbike shootouts in ’08 and ’09 and finished runner-up to the outrageously fast BMW S1000RR this year. Even still, the current generation CBR has become one of our favorite sportbikes on both the street and racetrack due to its well calibrated ergonomics, easy handling and strong mid-range engine performance. In this review we’re focusing on what the ownership experience has been like over the last eight months.

We’ve always been hard pressed to find any faults with the CBR. Honda’s Superbike does everything so well that its superb performance can, at times, be confused for lack of character. From the handling and chassis balance to the power delivery and throttle response, the whole package is so incredibly dialed that it makes riding maneuvers, from wheelies and stoppies to carving corners so effortless that you actually take it for granted… that is until you hop on another competitor’s liter-bike. So to add a bit of edge and personality we fitted an affordable $439.95 (available at Motorcycle-Superstore.com) FMF Apex Slip-on Exhaust.

The muffler is available in titanium or carbon fiber sleeves with titanium end caps. We chose the latter configuration because we just plain prefer the look of carbon fiber. The muffler bracket is riveted to the pipe which reduces weight and makes it appear sleeker. It hooks into a stainless-steel mid-pipe that features a cross-over tube. Each exhaust piece appears to be of such high quality that you might want to hang it on your wall instead of the bike. Each component fits perfectly and it mates with the OE header with zero issues. Compared to the 13-lb stock pipe the FMF slip-on weighs seven pounds less. This reduced the curb weight of our CBR down to 441 lbs with a full tank of gas.

Fire up the engine and the exhaust note sounds deeper than stock but isn’t so loud it’s obnoxious. The pipe emits a deep bass-type rumble to remind everyone that you are on a high-performance sportbike and not some two-wheeled sewing machine. In our stationary sound tests our FMF-equipped CBR registered six points louder than stock at idle (88 dB). At half max engine speed (6650 rpm) the exhaust belted out a 103 dB reading which is three points higher than stock. On the road the pipe isn’t so loud it will draw extra attention by the police as long as you exercise some throttle restraint in urban areas. The pipe also comes with an optional baffle insert that you can install to reduce sound levels.
With a few simple and affordable modifications our long-term CBR1000RR stood out in terms of performance  appearance and character from a stocker.A night out on the town aboard the 2010 Honda CBR1000RR.The Bridgestone BT-003RS tires warm-up quick and outstanding grip as Waheed demonstrates.
(Left) With a few simple and affordable modifications our long-term CBR1000RR stood out in terms of performance, appearance and character from a stocker. (Center) A night out on the town aboard the 2010 Honda CBR1000RR. (Right) The Bridgestone BT-003RS tires warm-up quick and outstanding grip as Waheed demonstrates.

In terms of power the bike felt marginally faster at all rpm but the difference wasn’t drastic. Still the riding experience did improve as you feel like you’re at the controls of a well-tuned racebike. The engine also continued to carburate perfectly. Glance at the dyno chart and you’ll see that both the horsepower and torque curves are a bit more linear with an extra boost of power throughout the 13,300 rev range. (Ed. Note the power numbers are lower than the numbers recorded in the 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII due to us running it on a SuperFlow dyno instead of a Dynojet.) Overall we’re really pleased with the fit, finish and performance of FMF’s Apex pipe and wouldn’t hesitate to mount one up on any new sportbike.

FMFs Apex Slip-on muffler added some character to the Honda CBR1000RR and made it more entertaining to ride on the street and racetrack.
Although the BMW S1000RR reigned supreme in this years Superbike Smackdown shootout test rider Adam Waheed actually prefers the Honda CBR1000RR due to its powerful mid-range performance and overall chassis feel.
The Bridgestone BT-003RS tires allow the rider to better explore the massive amount of handling performance from the Honda CBR1000RR.
(Above) FMF’s Apex Slip-on muffler added some character to the Honda CBR1000RR and made it more entertaining to ride on the street and racetrack. (Below) The Bridgestone BT-003RS tires allow the rider to better explore the massive amount of handling performance from the Honda CBR1000RR.
After having accumulated 1500 combined road and track miles the rear OE Bridgestone tire was in need of replacement. Although we are satisfied with the street performance of the stock shoes we wanted a tire that could offer a bit more grip around the racetrack considering how often we hit the trackdays. So we mounted a set of Bridgestone’s high-performance street/trackday tires as tested in the Bridgestone BT-003RS Tire Comparison Review.
Before we slung them on though we sourced a set of Repsol painted wheels to make our CBR stand out from other stockers. The thing we really love about the BT-003RS is how compatible they are with the CBR. We didn’t have to mess with the suspension or chassis geometry and basically just mounted them up, set the tire pressure and didn’t worry about anything else. Warm-up time is on par with the stock set-up but outright adhesion and road feel was boosted significantly. If you’re looking for one set of tires that can do-it-all we highly recommend these up-spec Bridgestones.

Durability-wise our CBR proved to be rock solid. Whether we parked it in or outside and even in the rain it always fired right up every morning and everything from the clutch and brakes feel tight. Maintenance costs were low with the only cost incurred being an oil and filter change at 600 miles per manual recommendations. We also rarely had to adjust the drive chain tension though we did make sure to lube it every week or so.

Although it isn’t the newest sportbike on the market we just love Big Red’s 1000. When it came time to hand over the key to it we were less than enthused. Fortunately it’s coming back with minimal changes for ’11 so soon enough we’ll be back in the saddle of our trusty friend.
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2010 Honda CBR1000RR Street Gallery
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2010 Honda CBR1000RR Project Parts
Motorcycle-USAs long-term 2010 Honda CBR1000RR with different Repsol orange wheels  a FMF Apex slip-on pipe and Bridgestone BT-003RS tires.
Apex Slip-on Exhaust: $439.95

Battlax BT-003RS Front Tire: $114.99
Battlax BT-003RS Rear Tire: $169.99
Honda CBR10000RR Maintenance Costs
2010 Honda CBR1000RR
Months in Service / Accumulated Mileage: 8 / 1972
MSRP: $13,399
Aftermarket Accessories Cost: $439.95
Maintenance Costs with Tires: $322.92
Maintenance Breakdown:

(1) Oil Filter: $11.98
(4) Pro Honda GN4 Oil 10W-40 (quart): $25.96
(1) Bridgestone BT-003RS Front Tire: $114.99
(1) Bridgestone BT-003RS Rear Tire: $169.99
2010 Honda CBR1000RR Sound Test
2010 Honda CBR1000RR Project Bike Sound Test
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hipi5   January 27, 2012 12:32 AM
Nice job....
sitanshu -honda suggestion!!  January 5, 2011 07:21 AM
i only beg honda 4 1 thing....please change the fairing back 2 the old looks n maintain the 2010's quality on the cbr's!!!please...onli change back the fairing...keep the tail exact if needed!!
GhostRider -CBR1000rr/Fireblade  January 4, 2011 05:05 AM
I have a '09 1000rr in WHITE which is the sexiest-prettiest bike i've seen in a very long time, much nicer to look at than the BWM in my opinion. I've scored 1700 miles on it in 3 months and since buying her... i've only done cosmetic upgrades! The only performance upgrade will be to fit the Dunlop Q2s on her. BTW, sent back the Honda CBR1k Survey last week on my bike! My only suggestion was to give the 2012 Fireblade more top end to spank the BWM and the other brands!
PWRMAD -Crazy Deal 08 1K  January 3, 2011 09:53 PM
I just bagged one of these rockets last Sept and can't wait to put some more miles on it when the weather warms up. It is an 08 (Dark Red), had less than 1000 miles on it, had the shield I wanted and a great fender elim kit already on it, for $7500. Sure an S1000RR or 2011 ZX-10R or 1198S would be sweeter, but at double or triple the cost, I couldn't justify it. And with the money saved, I could throw an exhaust on, Bazzaz it (with TC), dyno-tune it to perfection, slap on some top tires, and it'd would be a match for any bike at any price, street or racetrack, all for $10K or less. Gotta love it - this bad economy does reveal some opportunities, and I just grabbed one. I LOVE new bikes, but until I have big $ to sling around, I'll be just fine trolling the slightly-used market for killer deals like this one.
Larry -only 1 man  December 28, 2010 07:27 PM
Can't ride while you sleep. Priceless. Keep up the good work!
Norman Gaines -Honda Sport Bike "Personality"  December 28, 2010 02:08 PM
There's an item in this test - and by the way, 1900 miles in 8 months IS a valid test - that really deserves its own story. Honda sport bike "personality". Ever since the first V-Four 750 road test and all the testers talking about the lack of "feel" and "connection", there has been a history of Honda sport bikes having all the performance and capabilities - but leaving the rider feeling like they were riding a rolling video game as far as "connection" is concerned. One of the reasons why Suzuki outsold giant Honda in sportbikes, even when Honda was winning races, was that people who rode them just didn't get the feeling they were getting any kind of rider experience. Since this is counter to the consistent wins where Honda beats other sport bikes in "shootouts", could this please finally be addressed?
RENDELL -To Tim  December 26, 2010 06:00 PM
Thanks, I'll try that IRC mod. For the cold weather I'm going to add a bigger windscreen (it's 25 here in MO). I added some Italian made pro gel grips for comfort (it takes me an hour just to get to the twisties) and they are a big improvement over the stock grips which felt like a wire.

I don't want to spend too much money because some ass stole my new CBR954RR in 2004 when I was in San Diego and I lost money due to the mods I added.

Semper Fi
adam - motousa -fmf ad  December 26, 2010 03:18 PM
what up aaron i just really like fmf street pipes. they aren't too expensive, add a bit of extra pep, they look cool and are easy install.
Tim -Must do IRC mod  December 25, 2010 10:38 PM
The US model's power falls at 10,500 with an IRC (under $100) you can get it to full power its a MUST DO mod for this bike.
RENDELL -I own the 08 model  December 25, 2010 08:43 PM
I really enjoyed reading this, I love the handling of this bike. After thorough research I bought the same FMF exhaust and have been impressed.
adam - motousa -i'm only 1 man  December 25, 2010 08:25 PM
i'm only 1 man and can't ride bikes while i'm sleeping. 1972 was the mileage i was able to rack-up between riding the 100s of other bike i did in the last 8 mos. yes life is rough.
Aaron Lephart -Waheeeeeeeeeeed  December 25, 2010 10:32 AM
Is this a long term test or a paid FMF advertisement?
david -08' 1 k  December 25, 2010 10:05 AM
mine has 16k on her,she works perfect i do 300-400 mile days and 1,200 mile trips in 4 days every summer,if i didn't work so much she would have many more miles.......
On my trips she avg 45 mpg, were do they get those numbers from-track days she would avg 32-35 mpg.
I tell people what would rather be on be a 400 lb or a 800 lb bike after a 400 mile day?
JBart -Mileage  December 25, 2010 08:16 AM
x2...1972 miles...wtf? I am hoping that is a typo.
robert mcallister -dt-175  December 25, 2010 07:51 AM
8 months and 1900 miles is not a "long term" test...
shane4000 -2008 cbr1000rr  December 24, 2010 07:01 PM
i had that fmf pipe on my bike along with a K&N and bazazz z-bomb and the bike pushed out 145hp. Then i added a power commander 5 to it and got 148hp.. So my bike was right around there with just the fmf pipe
peter -3 dB  December 24, 2010 06:29 PM
3 dB does not seem too much but scale is logarithmic...
adam - motousa -oil consumption  December 24, 2010 12:22 PM
hi greg we experienced zero oil consumption and never saw any residue leak onto the fairings... adam
Greg -Oil?  December 24, 2010 07:10 AM
This really is a great bike. The addition of the orange repsol wheels makes the bike look awesome. Did you guys experience any excessive oil burning? A lot of people on the forums complain that they have oil splats on their tail fairing after riding but then some people dont.