2017 Honda CBR1000RR First Look Review From EICMA 2016

Honda announces a base CBR1000RR to compliment the new SP and SP2.

When Honda pulled the sheet of the 2017 CBR1000RR SP last month, we were thrilled to see a massively updated Fireblade. It was about time! But with a nearly $20,000 price tag the announcement left us wondering, when will we see a new base-model CBR1000RR?

Well here it is, revealed today at EICMA in Italy. If you were excited about the SP's updates—which include a major weight reduction, more power, a full suite of electronic rider aids, and more—you'll be happy to hear the base RR gets all that stuff, too. In fact, the only things the SP has that the RR doesn't are the Öhlins electronics suspension, Brembo brakes, a taller 190/55-17 rear tire, and standard-issue ABS. ABS is an option on the RR, the suspension is manually adjustable Showa stuff, the calipers are Tokicos, and the rear tire is a slightly shorter 190/50-17.

2017 Honda CBR1000RR dash
Same full-color TFT dash as the SP, but the forks don’t have the fancy electronic trickery that the SP’s Öhlins have. Nope, it’s just a regular old Showa BPF.Photo: Honda

That means the new CBR1000RR has the same TFT dash, titanium fuel tank, lithium-ion battery, titanium muffler, and all the engine updates that Honda says amount to an extra 10 hp. There's also an IMU that informs multi-level traction control, a revised frame, and much more. In fact, rather than recount it all here, you should just cruise through our write-up on the CBR1000RR SP.

2017 CBR1000RR hand controls
New controls! Those buttons let you toggle through the CBR’s traction-control settings, engine modes, and other new features.Photo: Honda

Color options are obviously different, though only slightly. The RR’s Victory Red paint scheme looks just like the SP’s livery, except instead of blue the RR has black accents. The RR also has black wheels instead of gold hoops, but they’re the same wheels. The RR is also available Matte Black Metallic, and both base bikes have a black frame instead of the SP’s silver twin-spar setup.

2017 Honda CBR1000RR updates from EICMA
That’s new, narrower, more aerodynamic bodywork. No, the frame isn’t new (it does have thinner sections to save weight), it just looks different because you can see more of it.Photo: Honda

Oh, and it has a different claimed curb weight, too: 435 pounds for the ABS-equipped bike and “TBD” for the non-ABS bike. ABS usually accounts for about 10 or 15 pounds, so we could be looking at a class-leader in terms of curb weight. Only time will tell, which is all we can say for the price, too. Honda hasn’t announced that yet.

2017 Honda CBR1000RR
2017 Honda CBR1000RRPhoto: Honda
2017 Honda CBR1000RR sportbike
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the open-class CBR. For its birthday, the Fireblade gets some serious updates.Photo: Honda