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2012 Honda CBR1000RR Revealed

Thursday, August 25, 2011
2012 Honda CBR1000RR - Fireblade
The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR broke cover earlier this week when Honda posted these images on its Hong Kong Facebook site. The images reveal a meaner CBR1000RR.
Although details are scarce at this time there is a new 2012 Honda CBR1000RR and these are some of the first images and video of that motorcycle. 2012 is the 20th aniversary of the CBR so the timing will be perfect for Honda to unleash its new and improved flagship sportbike.

Even though official specifications have not been released at this time we can tell quite a bit from the images here. First of all, the bike is not a ground up redesign, instead this is the evolution of the popular CBR1000RR platform. Obvious changes are as follows:

Bodywork: The new Fireblade bodywork as its seen here is much more aggressive in appearance with the dual reflector beam head lamps similar in shape but more sinister than the last generation. The cowling is also more wild with its lightning-bolt shaped air intakes the most conspicuous change. It seems Honda has made an effort to make the CBR frontal area less-stubby and more angular (Something that has worked well for Suzuki and now BMW) in recent years. After that the body kit appears to have received only slight modifications, including poweder coated black frame and swing-arm.

Dash: A new information system features a large, LCD-style dashboard with digital tach running horizontally across the top, large speedo in the center, lap-timer, gear position indicator, engine temp, clock, trip meters and a series of shift-indicator lights across the upper edge of the dash frame.

2012 Honda CBR1000RR - Fireblade
Image is everything: Honda has taken the edgy approach to the styling of the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Suspension/Brakes: The huge fork caps visible at the top of the triple-clamp appear to be Showa Big Piston Fork technology. This makes sense as Kawasaki and Suzuki have gone this route on their sportbikes the last two years. Honda has used the Unit Pro-Link layout for the rear suspension and this appears to be a variation on that same design. Radial-mount 4-piston Tokico calipers and maybe larger rotors round out this area.

Wheels: Twelve-spoke GP-style wheels replace the old three-spoke hoops found on the 2011 CBR1000RR. Honda has made it a point to offer ultra-light wheels on the CBR line-up the past few years so we expect the new wheels to possibly be even lighter.

Not so obvious changes: We expect Honda to maintain its mid-pack position in terms of outright power. It’s unlikely that we will see the 2012 CBR1000RR challenge the class horsepower leading S1000RR and ZX-10R. The Honda way seems to be to build bikes with gobs of usable low-end and mid-range power surrounded by an excellent chassis. Odds are that’s what we will get here too.

Electronics: Rumor has it that there will be a fully-loaded 2012 CBR1000RR with ABS and an engine management system that would surely include traction control and variable mapping. But we cannot confirm this info at this time.

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Abigail1k   March 5, 2012 03:10 PM
Anyone who wants to call this bike ugly needs to look at the 2012 1k gixxers...
Rockybala   February 16, 2012 08:02 AM
Nice but price very cost.. So, pls consider the price first..
Blackhammer   January 25, 2012 08:40 PM
Who cares about the BMW? Ugliest bike ever...built from box of scrap parts by a mentally challenged 5yr old girl. Give me the Honda any day. Nice lookin bike and handles like a dream. Perfect for a quick blast up the highway!!
islandblood1   October 25, 2011 08:02 PM
honda always the best all around bike every time. the new 2012 looks better than the last and is alot more responsive and fun. if u want more power spend a little money and it becomes even more of a beast. honda is the total package. well done honda.
ADO   September 2, 2011 12:00 PM
beautiful machine
JC120   August 31, 2011 06:10 PM
I think it looks way better than the 2011.
mi2tom   August 31, 2011 10:47 AM
Most likely a fake or just a body kit.
Deep   August 31, 2011 02:18 AM
Yuck..I cant bliv it iz CBR-1000... Nightmare of dreams...
eranjourno   August 27, 2011 04:12 PM
In this competitive market it seems that more than a facelift is needed. BMW has been royally spanking the competition with their S1000RR for two years now. Ducati, MV, and Aprilia are all equipped with the latest gee whiz gadgetry that make jetfighters blush with envy. Yes they are all more expansive bikes, but Kawasaki has joined the game with what seems like the most advanced set up and kept their price within the norm of the big four. Back in 2004 a base Ducati was a whopping $7,000 more than a CBR1000RR. For 2011 the difference shrank to $3,300 for the non ABS model. The Ducati however, comes with monoblock Brembo brakes, quick shift, traction control, and Data acquisition standard. These same comparisons can be made across the board between the Japanese and European bikes. Additionally, you can opt for the higher level Ducati or Aprilia and get even more goodies, marchesini or OZ wheels, Ohlins suspension, and have enough money left over to take a nice vacation with the wife/girlfriend if you consider the price of getting these components separately. In short the big four have been beat in their own game value, quality, and electronics. Soon the reigning champion in Sumo would be a red cheeked Irish bloke, and then we would know that the sun has set on land of the rising sun. In short Honda needs to do better.
Superlight   August 27, 2011 12:49 PM
Where does Japanese design come from? Transformers movies? It seems like each new design is worse than the last. That front fairing is just awful. Thank goodness the Euros are on their game.
RENDELL   August 26, 2011 08:40 AM
I'm a 2008 CBR 1000RR owner. I've put 37,000 miles on my bike. I believe the new 2012 CBR 1000RR is visually attractive. But, I don't buy a bike based on that alone. It has to fit me!
Electronics? I've never needed them.
I hope Honda increased the engine power. That's my only complaint with the CBR is that it's soft until you hit 6000 RPM. I wish I would have kept my 2003 RC 51 v-twin. It hit hard down low where I used it most in the canyons and on the street.
From what I read on the owners websites it appears everyone is most impressed with the BMW's raw engine power and it's techno gizmos are the #2 reason a lot of people buy it. The fact that the BMW is so fast out of the box helps the sales. I hope Honda was listening. Although I doubt it because Honda tries to be "safe." I'm buying a GSXR next time even though they're hurting in the styling department. Suzuki doesn't hold back and play it safe on their 1000. Nevertheless, I am very, very satisfied with my '08 CBR 1000RR.
leward18   August 26, 2011 12:35 AM
I agree with rogase.
rogase   August 25, 2011 04:32 PM
I actually think its a quite nice evolution of the previous design. The new wheels also look good. The engine cases look pretty much the same so I dont know how much work they have done on the engine. Surely they have done electronics to keep up with Kawi and BMW, not that they make much difference in the real world. On Adam's recent blog entry he admitted turning it of on the BMW when he took it back to the track because the anti wheelie function was to abrupt. Variable maps are also largely a gimmick, most people would just leave it on one map and modulate power with the throttle even in the wet. I'd rather manufacturers improved brakes and suspension first, they are the most crucial things on a sportbike.
luv2spd   August 25, 2011 03:51 PM
Somehow they managed to make the CBR1000RR even uglier than last model, this bike has to be awesome to make up for the ugly looks.
GhostRider11   August 25, 2011 03:49 PM
Honda has really messed-up the loyal CBR1000rr buyers with this 2012 model that should have been released 2+ years ago! With the economy and the state of affairs over in Japan... I do understand their development/marketing plans! The CBRs are built in Japan btw. I hope the reduced weight and better suspension will help the Blade battle with the s1000r better! But without a bore increase, I doubt the new CBR will be able to knock the BMW off it's throne on the streets. On the track? We will see. I wonder what Johnny Rea thinks of this bike and if he plans to stay with Honda now. Maybe Honda needs more time to develop their dual-clutch and electronic!? As a CBR1000rr Honda-man, I still want one... will they make it in a flat black color scheme for North America!? That would look real mean and sinister...
nathan   August 25, 2011 03:09 PM
And I thought the old one was fugly.... It looks like a 12 yr old designed it.
screamer69   August 25, 2011 02:12 PM
Thats not good enough, u need a new model at least every 4 years and the honda is that old.