2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP | FIRST LOOK

Suspension of disbelief for Honda's literbike

For a company so closely allied to its longstanding suppliers Nissin and Showa, promoting a special-edition of its liter-class supersport with Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes is a bit of an eye opener. But that’s what Honda is doing with the 2014 CBR1000RR SP. Though Honda doesn’t state it, photos clearly show the multi-adjustable Ohlins carries the firm’s TTX technology, which also suggests the fork employs NIX tech as well. Honda will say that the Ohlins setup was specifically calibrated for the CBR.

Up front, Brembo radial-mount, four-piston calipers work on 320mm discs. The ABS hardware you see in the photos will not come to America; ABS is available in Europe, though. Maybe move there. The SP will also roll out the door on premium rubber, Pirelli’s Diablo Supercorsa SC buns.

Engine modifications include a revised cylinder head and intake tract as well as a new exhaust system for more power. How much more? Honda isn’t saying. Further engine refinements include pistons and connecting rods “hand matched” for weight.

Other changes include wider clip-on bars and more rearset footpegs for better track ergonomics. That’s a move mirrored by the lack of passenger accommodations and a lighter, lower rear subframe. Reg Pridmore will have to find another machine for his wicked two-up class rides.

Honda has not yet set the MSRP on the SP, but company spokesmen expect it to be near $17,000. The current 2013 CBR1000RR runs $13,800.