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2008 Honda CBR1000RR Comparo Photo Gallery

Photos of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Comparo. 2008 Superbike Smackdown V.

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The CBR1000RR is agile yet stable and is equipped with outrageous brakes.
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The CBR's lines drew mixed reactions, dividing our test group into two camps.
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Much more compact than its predecessor, this year's double-R feels down right diminutive when compared back-to-back with the other bikes.
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Much more compact than its predecessor, this year's double-R feels down right diminutive when compared back-to-back with the other bikes.
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As good as the CBR is on the track, it comes as no surprise that it takes top billing on the street as well.
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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.
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If this were Highlander, the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR would be standing around four headless Superbikes, because in the end - there can be only one!
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The Honda's radial-mount four-piston stoppers up front were judged on par with those on the Ducati 1098.
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Up front the 43mm HMAS inverted fork is excellent and the rider-friendly Unit Pro-Link set-up is equally adept.
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We picture the Honda engineers in lap coats, cackling like mad scientists as they inject a 600RR with their super-soldier serum. Cylinders widen, power increases and its appearance changes but its alive. It's alive!
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The latest CBR is slim and compact, the lightest machine in our test next to the Ducati.
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The Honda is quickest in the quarter mile as well.
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It may not have the top overall hp numbers, but the Honda motor is a potent powerplant.
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From 0-60 and 0-100, nothing beats the Honda.
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We would keep the front wheel down, but it just don't wanna.
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Imagine a '07 CBR600RR with a turbocharger and you'll be in the ballpark. This bike is tiny, light, and agile, plus it packs serious open class power.
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After only one session aboard the CBR1000RR, it was clear this bike was something special. Not only does it feel familiar, but it is an absolute animal.
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Left to right, the lightweight Honda turns quick.
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A look at the CBR's compact instrument console.
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