I've been smitten with Honda's latest-generation CBR1000RR since the U.S. press intro at Laguna Seca in January '08. A lot shorter and some 25 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, the redrawn RR carved the legendary Corkscrew like its 600cc little brother, and still compressed the space-time continuum like only a 160-bhp literbike can. A few weeks later, the RR posted the quickest quarter-mile and lap around the Streets of Willow to win our "Class of '08" sportbike shootout and our MOTY Sportbike of the Year title. The '08 RR established a new benchmark in literbike performance, and I needed one in my garage.