Ride Modes—once selected—are then displayed on the digital TFT screen.
The Power Selector works through the RMSS and gives five levels of control. When level one is selected, you get peak performance through all six gears; level two delivers smooth throttle response when rolling on and off the power, and level five gives the most moderate overall throttle response through the rev range. All levels offer the same feel on initial opening.
The Fireblade’s three pre-set Rider Modes put you firmly in charge: Mode one unleashes full performance—just what’s needed on a track day—and the engine’s deceleration response is now faster on corner entry with more torque available on the way out. Mode two is suitable for riding twisty roads or through the city, while Mode 3 offers maximum confidence for wet or mixed conditions.
Alongside the pre-set Rider Modes it’s also possible to manually adjust engine power, braking and HSTC intervention level from a switch on the left handlebar.
An engineering jewel the Fireblade’s DOHC inline four-cylinder engine revs to 13,000rpm, with compression ratio of 13:1 and makes 141kW peak power matched to 114Nm peak torque. It’s our ultimate expression of sports performance, designed to be used hard and, just as a high-revving engine should, generates a raw, visceral exhaust note through its lightweight titanium muffler.
A stunning power to weight ratio is Fireblade territory. The engine features pistons with optimised wall thickness and crown design to raise compression, with higher valve lift and revised cam timing to match. And saving precious grams are the oil pan and ignition cover, manufactured in exotic magnesium.
The Fireblade’s engine is an unparalleled masterpiece of engineering and electronics, creating an incredible package on road or racetrack.
The titanium exhaust muffler saves weight and aids mass centralisation; it’s also shaped to give improved ground clearance.
Diving through a set of fast, sweeping bends never felt better. At the heart of the Fireblade’s control is a 5-axis Inertial Measurement unit, which feeds dynamic information of exactly what the motorcycle is doing to an ECU. The 9-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) works to deliver the rear wheel traction you want, with refined intervention on the limit at corner-exit, plus crisp throttle response on hard acceleration. Wheelie Control is a completely separate function from HSTC and offers three levels of lift adjustment. For circuit use you may want to run minimum HSTC and maximum Wheelie Control; the system allows this and offers a smooth, natural feel.
The piercing brilliance of the Fireblade’s dual LED headlights does not go unnoticed and they’re designed to control airflow around the slim front fairing section; the rider, too, becomes part of the high-speed aerodynamics package when tucked in a racing crouch. A crisp LED tail light integrates neatly into the tail section and the indicators are also LED.
Strategically positioned vents increase high-speed stability.
The Fireblade tucks its LED tail light into a minimal tail unit.
Front-end feel and sensitivity in your hands; Showa 43mm BPF and Tokico four-piston calipers.
At the level the Fireblade rider operates at feel is everything—and its hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminium frame features a tuned rigidity balance to deliver just that matched to a stiff aluminium swingarm. The Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork (BPF), with its large damping volume, effectively reduces hydraulic pressure generated under compression and extension. This results in reduced play during the initial stroke and smoother damping, maximising tyre contact with the tarmac. And the valve-free Showa rear generates damping force consistently when switching from rebound to compression, thanks to even pressure changes.
Radial-mount four-piston Tokico brake calipers are managed by ABS tuned for road riding and high-speed circuit use, while the Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) maintains front wheel stability. Agile yet composed, the Fireblade’s chassis is a complete package, designed to perform.
Sleek, agile and ready for action. The Fireblade’s silhouette outlines sheer speed.
Cornering with confidence, the Fireblade’s chassis is so nimble it can change direction almost at will.