Honda CBR1000RR SP Review: Specially sharpened

Honda CBR1000RR SP is among the few to offer a nice evolution of its top-of-the-range sports. With this SP version of the Honda CBR1000RR SP, the first global manufacturer demonstrated once again its know-how without denying its philosophy.

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike
Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP: The full test

While Leon Haslam, the Superbike World Championship driver, please, just let me ‘brakes’ at the end of the straight line of the Losail circuit, it comes then a flash (the one referring to the memory, not so joyful grey metal box): end of 2011, the project leader of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade had yet confirmed to me that this generation would be the last meaningless ride by wire and other control traction…

Two years later, the sports range top of the leading manufacturer is still lacking. However, the question may arise: are all these aids in the cockpit of a motorcycle essential? How many amateur drivers and experienced, are still rolling on old sports of 10 years or more, devoid of all the latest high-tech frills?

Today, it is more than 25 ° c on the Losail circuit, and the Pirelli Supercorsa SP tires heat up like eggs on the flat. Now let’s see what offers this Honda CBR1000RR model SP 2014.

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike

Superb, the SP of the Honda CBR1000RR 2014 livery!

It sold not less than 215,000 Honda CBR Fireblades in Europe since 1992… Even if the ‘blade of fire’ is no longer the sport of choice for the French, it remains popular in Europe, despite the decline in the sports market. It must be said that it is still a very nice bike and further this Honda CBR1000RR SP.

With quality materials, rigorous ultra Assembly, and careful painting, the sporty Honda 2014 is magnificent. It appears even racier in this livery SP, the proposed strict single-seater, with a rear frame loop magazine and wheels in the color gold. Once the developments of 2014 are summarized during a quick briefing in the press room, we are invited to take the handlebars.

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike

Complete control

Engine heat, Japanese and English technicians deprive blankets of tires, the heartbeat accelerates, and it is time to go discover this Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, and the Losail circuit at the same time (which will be not easy, believe me). Firstly, the riding position which is evolving towards more sportsmanship on this evo 2014, logically facilitates the piloting on circuit.

With more support on the wrists, on more instinctively switches the upper body while evolving naturally against or around the tank. The saddle, announced 30% firmer for more feel the work of rear suspension (what a strange change!), will not be out here thanks to the many movements of the body.

In the end, this evolution of the ergonomics of the Fireblade 2014 arrangement may not be those that roll daily or on the road only, but this is probably not his goal. Because on track this time, two towers are sufficient to take its trademark aboard Honda CBR1000RR model SP 2014, it is an instinct guide, moves with precision, and its geometry appears hyper neutral (not stiffness, progressive tilt, no surprise). It already is a quality.

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike

Honda CBR1000RR SP holds very well on the angle

Learning the layout of Qatar is not easy, but fortunately, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP will be shown a valuable ally. His part-cycle combines, rigor and exemplary approval, agility, and stability. Two a priori incompatible qualities but which join here with great success. Thanks to its sides and rigidity-optimized chassis, it has one of the best balances of hypersport plateau.

Agile, the Honda CBR1000RR SP agrees to turn easily in small corners, and tighten a path without making too feel ‘like it’s 1000 cm3 overweight’. Also, found this faculty to stall on the corner. Once in place, the bike no longer moves. The more or less long, neutral phases depending on the level of the driver are then digested very reassuringly.

But all these aspects, we already knew them on the previous model. This version SP of the Honda CBR1000RR 2014, is equipped with beautiful Oh lines suspension, adding a ladleful of precision. Roadway tire racing (the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP then the SC), the Honda CBR1000RR SP then presents a guide for any first order. We place the train forward with great precision, and this, whatever the speed of movement. Rigid until the end of the gums, the new Fireblade tends its paths and seems to follow an imaginary rail. The ‘fire blade’ became a scalpel.

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 review: Specially sharpened

A break to the Rambo

What is pleasant and participated greatly in the performance of this Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014, is the consistency of its high equipment range (suspensions, brakes), even in critical phases of flight. For example, if you miss your brake, the mass transfer will be more content.

Similarly, one of the changes in support of the circuit requires crossing small bumps, but traction is excellent while the noticeable rebounds in the handlebars do not alter the trajectory. Net, the suspension better absorbs the constraints, although, from experience, we know that the standard Showa demerit does not.

However, the SP 2014 significantly increases the level, better damped and braked in movements parasites, with the key more precision, stability, and agility; a treat the affected runway Swedish! Sebastian Gilbert, recruited by Honda for 2014, says he, will keep the suspensions and the CBR SP series calipers for his season in the France Superbike Championship. And when we know it plays the win…

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike
Honda CBR1000RR SP Review

These new Brembo radial-mount monobloc calipers do not lace at the end of the straight line at Losail. The power of deceleration shows impressive Imperial stability, the work of the electronic ABS helps to keep the rear wheel on the ground.

Pity that the Honda CBR1000RR SP destined for the French market is probably not delivered with the ABS, but Honda France confesses us again to study its strategy of import on this point, as well as the fee schedule.

Finally, it will be this damn self-preservation that will have the last word because the Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 always seems to be able to push the Panel Guide ‘too late’. Stress despite all a small flat at the level of the feeling felt to the lever. Little of it was sometimes difficult to determine, for example, on the release. The Ducati Panigale (899-1199) is doing better in this area.

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike

4-cylinder efficient but not very expressive

The fifth round, straight line scrolls, the 5th report allows taking more than 270 km/h, and there is little time to pick up the sixth. It is always impressive, that a 1,000 hypersportive such as the Honda CBR1000RR SP, growth of the fire of God in a free version. Strong 180 hp, the Honda has what panic chromo and all radars of the nation on a simple acceleration.

The performance of the 2014 vintage gain (better 2.7 ch) is more than difficult to appreciate. Side expression, changes resulted in the arrival of bearings in the acceleration. Flexible under 4,000 rpm, mechanics presents a first peak of torque between 4,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and then from 6,000 rpm to 8,500 rpm, 4-cylinder offers a nice consistency and provides its power up to 12,500 rpm, a little before the switch.

This engine is full as an egg, with a nice extension, all in an almost typical linearity of the Honda and muscular at midrange. On the side of performance, there is a shortage of nothing. Approval, it is almost all good apart from a slight kicker by passing a new peak of torque to 4 about 500 rpm.

However, even if the giant track of Losail participates in leveling the sensations, what characterizes the sporting temperament of a motorcycle remains indented on the Honda CBR1000RR SP: The air box and exhaust are little sound, the acceleration is linear, even the light shift – by its small lads – proves to be discreet. In addition, on this version high-end sporty Honda, we were several to regret the absence of a shifter, which in addition to its effectiveness assessed under certain conditions, further adds to the mood of this type of machine…

Honda CBR1000RR SP 2014 Review: Superb Bike

Balance sheet: CBR1000RR Fireblade fans will love the SP 2014!

Superbly assembled, class, and stylish in this SP definition, the Honda CBR1000RR model 2014 remains a fantastic bike. Boasting a stunning balance, it brings a lot of approval to sports flying, to the extent that it can be an excellent alternative route/track in regular use. In keeping with the philosophy of the brand, it will thus progress without too much to exceed its ‘high’ by some cycle too typed or unmanageable engine in the free version…

If the schedule is not set, Honda announced prices ranging from 14,000 Euros for the Honda CBR1000RR 2014 standard without ABS to more than 18,000 EUR for this Honda CBR1000RR SP version. The competition is stiff at this price, with more sophisticated and/or expressive motorcycles, but probably less wisely positioned between passion and reason.

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