The Honda CBR1000RR is the pinnacle of Honda’s open-class sport motorcycle development. Originally released as a 2004 model, the CBR 1000RR represents the current evolution from the CBR954RR, CBR929RR and CBR900RR sportbikes that came before it.
The Honda CBR1000RR is 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.
When first released the CBR1000 was known for its powerful engine, aggressive look and high-build quality. But unfortunately it came at a cost of additional weight. In its current iteration, the Honda CBR has slimmed down significantly and now benefits from numerous technical innovations derived from the Honda’s participation in the MotoGP world championship with the Honda RCV211 MotoGP motorcycle. Powering the motorcycle is a compact 999cc liquid-cooled Inline-Four that utilizes such technologies as Dual Stage Fuel-Injection (DSFI) and a low-slung MotoGP-style exhaust system. Other innovations on the CBR1000 include Honda’s proprietary Ignition Interrupt Control System and unique cam-assist slipper clutch system.
In the chassis department, Honda’s CBR1000RR superbike benefits from a unique frame casting process as used on the Honda CBR6000RR, which minimizes the individual number of pieces that make up its frame. The Honda CBR also uses an innovative Pro-Link rear suspension. A Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) provides additional rider control. For 2009 it is the first liter-class sportbike to offer Anti-lock brakes (ABS) as an option.
Melling takes a spin on the 2007 HM Plant Honda CBR1000R that Ian Hutchinson piloted to a Superstock TT podium. See photos in the Memorable Motorcycles: HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR photo gallery and read more in the MMC: HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR review.