CBR1000 is among the flagship superbikes from Honda and has come a long way through its evolution since its first series was introduced in 1992. This super machine is known for its aggressive styling, awesome power, and superb handling with a host of high-tech features like C-ABS, telescopic forks, LED tail lamps and digital instrument console to name a few. It definitely has been a head-turner and will be making competition stiff for the likes of Kawasaki ZX-10R & Ninja 1000, Yamaha R1 and Suzuki GSX-1000.
The 'Fireblade' has always defied convention in the tradition of sports bikes and has continued doing things the Honda way by introducing the 893CC engine in an otherwise established category of 750CC in 1992, before taking the capacity to 999CC, which we see now. Its 16-valve engine is bit more tuned with more polished exhaust from its predecessor, and the super boy now is lighter with 199KG kerb weight and more efficient too. It has an aggressive riding position with handlebars situated both wider and farther forward, as well as foot rests placed slightly farther backwards.
This muscular hunk is rider friendly in nature with its incredible performance in terms of both low-end and high-end torques and that too with loads of refinement creating almost no vibration even at high speeds. The feedback, especially at corners, is terrific due to its aluminium twin-spar frame and a stable steering head. Due to the excellent design of suspension, the high-speed stability is impeccable and the steering feels precise and neutral. Brakes don't disappoint even at high speeds as it's boosted by Brembo's Monobloc callipers. The C-ABS (combined system) makes it a wonderful partner for racer addicts.
'Fireblade' is truly a racing sports bike and doesn't offer comfort as such. It has a purposely built firmed front seat for more precise feedback. The bike loses out its ground to some of its rivals in terms of electronic rider aids which can be understood with its smart pricing if not really the best pricing.
While doing consistent evolution and upgrades, Honda has been able to retain its traditional approach of model's trademark poise without instilling any doubt that CBR1000 is one of the sharpest blades around and probably the best one for hardcore Honda loyal and racers.
Quick facts at a Glance:
- Engine capacity- 999 CC (four strokes, liquid cooled with four cylinders and six-speed transmission)
- Maximum torque of 178 BHP @12250 rpm with top speed of 180 mph
- Fuel tank- 18 Litres
This exotic super sports bike boasts a fast and refined engine with the track focused and precise handling capability.