CBR1000RR Fireblade Technology

The look of a sports bike

The soul of a Superbike


Honda Fireblade SP logo.

Mr Sato-san – Large Project Leader

“Its true purpose – wherever it’s ridden – is to enjoy something that is not normally experienced in everyday life, something that cannot be surpassed.”

Handling the power

Here’s how the Riding Mode Select System works on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Close up of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade digital TFT screen.

Rider modes – once selected – are then displayed on the digital TFT screen

The Power Selector works through the RMSS and gives the rider five levels of control. When level one is selected you get give peak performance in all six gears. Level two delivers a smooth throttle feel when rolling on and off the power. The strongest output is level five for safer moderate throttle response, but all levels have the same throttle response on initial opening.

Examples of where you can use the CBR1000RR’s different Rider Modes: Mode one uses the full performance of the engine, just what you want on track days. Mode two is suitable for twisty roads and everyday rides in the city, while Mode three goes to safety level five for more confidence especially in wet or mixed conditions.

Close up of Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade Power Selector.

Perfect handling is at your fingertips. You can easily select the mode that suits you by using a switch on the left handlebar.

Performance at heart

A highly responsive power unit that sounds good too.

Cut out of Honda Fireblade engine.

Unparalleled on a road bike, the engine is a masterpiece that combines RC213V engineering and electronics.

Core to the Fireblade’s philosophy, this new engine is 2Kg lighter than the previous CBR1000RR and has new pistons – as well as new piston rings – that bump the compression ratio up to 13:1 adding 8kW. It revs to 13,000 rpm now and generates a raw, raspy engine note through the titanium exhaust.

Making changes

A different crank construction, higher valve lift, and revised cam timing all go towards boosting performance. Whereas the magnesium oil pan and ignition cover, plus lighter components in the slipper clutch, all combine to cut so much more weight from the engine alone.


Side facing Honda Fireblade with titanium exhaust system.

Shaped for better ground clearance, the new titanium exhaust system saves weight and is positioned to aid mass-centralisation.

Rear facing Honda Fireblade.

Extra sense

Straight from the RC213V-S is the Honda Selectable Torque Control.

Sweeping into a fast corner and out again never felt better. Continuously aware – a bit like multi-tasking – the FI-ECU knows exactly what the relationship should be between rear wheel acceleration and front wheel deceleration and adjusts the Throttle By Wire (TBW) position accordingly – clever stuff. With the back wheel prevented from sliding and the front wheel planted firmly on the tarmac, the Fireblade feels totally connected to you, and to the road.

Front three-quarter facing Honda CBR100RR Fireblade with rider on race track.

Bright and clear

The look is sharp and focused with super-bright LED lights.

The airflow is controlled over the surface angle of the LED headlights. They’re crisp brilliance will not go unnoticed. We've also shaved 24mm off the width of the front fairing too and in a racing crouch the rider becomes part of the aerodynamics. LED tail light and indicators are sleek and fully integrated into the tail section.

Close up of Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade LED lights.

Strategically positioned vents increase high-speed stability.

Close up of Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade LED lights and indicators.

The CBR1000RR looks just as fast at the back, as it does at the front.

Balance and control

The handling of the Fireblade has been transformed.

Front three-quarter facing Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Underneath the stunning fairing is an aluminium frame that’s been completely re-engineered.

Completely re-engineered, with improved rigidity, this unique frame is a hollow, die-cast twin-spar type made in aluminium. The walls have been thinned to shave off 300g, making it lighter than the previous Fireblade by an incredible 15kg. The subframe has also been totally redesigned also in die-cast aluminium – it’s thin, highly rigid and weighs in 600g lighter than the previous Fireblade.

Stability assured

Incorporated into the chassis is the Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), which maintains front wheel stability when exiting corners. We’ve also designed the Unit Pro-Link swingarm with a reduced thickness in each section to save even more weight. Altogether it’s a chassis that delivers outstanding performance and agility.

Side facing cut out of Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

The frame is beautifully finished in black on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Rear facing Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade with rider on race track.

Cornering with confidence, the Fireblade chassis is so light it can change direction almost at will.