2012 Honda CBR1000RR | First Ride

No Traction Control, no Apologies!

By Ari Henning, Photography by Brian J. Nelson

Tech Spec

Big Red's big dog gets new suspension, revised styling, a digital dash and split-spoke wheels.
Aprilia RSV4R, BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1199 Panigale, Kawasaki ZX-10R, KTM RC8R, MV Agusta F4, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha YZF-R1.

Price $13,800 ($14,800 with C-ABS)
Engine type l-c inline-four
Valve train DOHC, 16v
Displacement 1000cc
Bore x stroke 76.0 x 55.1mm
Compression 12.3:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque na
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa Balance Free shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Tokico four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with optional C-ABS
Rear brake Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with optional C-ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone S20
Rear tire 190/50ZR-17 Bridgestone S20
Rake/trail 23.3°/3.8 in.
Seat height 32.3 in.
Wheelbase 55.5 in.
Fuel capacity 4.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight 441 lbs. (467 lbs. with C-ABS)
Colors Black, red/black, red/white/blue
Available Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 2200
Torrance, CA 90509

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars.

Incremental handling and appearance improvements keep pace with competitive literbikes, but we’d still like to see traction control.

Join Road Test Editor Ari Henning as he rides the 2012CBR100RR during the bike’s American introduction at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Check out more episodes of On Two Wheels on Motor Trend’s You Tube channel.


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