146 13011 +2014 Honda Cbr1000rr Sp Unveiled+
Although the European Combined ABS version is pictured here, American Honda will only be bringing in the non-ABS version, still equipped with Brembo brakes and Öhlins suspension.
Honda has released plans for a special version of the firm’s CBR1000RR supersport bike in 2014, to be designated the CBR1000RR SP. Taking the standard CBR1000RR, the SP version gets the Öhlins suspension treatment front and rear, with 43mm fully adjustable inverted fork and TTX36 rear shock in Honda’s Unit Pro-Link suspension setup. Brakes are upgraded from the standard model’s Nissin caliper setup to Brembo four-piston calipers biting on 320mm discs for improved braking power. The lightweight wheels that made their debut in 2013 have been painted gold and now are shod with Pirelli’s sticky Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.
The engine wasn’t overlooked in the upgrade cycle, with the cylinder head said to be a new design with reshaped intake ports mated to a new exhaust system that is claimed to produce more horsepower and torque. Also, the pistons and rods were handpicked from the production line to match weights more closely for better engine balancing at high rpm, resulting in improved performance and smoother running.
The rear subframe is new, reported to be lighter for better mass centralization and lower center of gravity. Ergonomics were also changed, with the bars now 15mm wider and footpegs set 10mm farther back for a more aggressive riding position. The SP CBR now sports a solo seat, with a new seat cowl saving additional weight. The windscreen is slightly higher to create a larger pocket of still air for the rider. Overall weight is basically the same for both the standard 2014 CBR and the SP model, at 440.9 pounds fully fueled. Although Europe will get an ABS version, American Honda only plans to bring the non-ABS version into the US. The CBR1000RR SP will be available in a special red/white/blue paint scheme only.
American Honda reps state that a limited number of the SP model will be imported into the States, and that pricing will likely be around the $16K mark. Availability is said to be in late February/early March 2014.