Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade (2012 - present) review

By Mark Forsyth on Tue, 1 Nov 2011 - 12:11

Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Sportsbikes
Overall
4

I waited until the afternoon sessions before taking to the track again. Firstly I thought a bit of sun might warm the track up and news filtering through that the Honda mechanics were fitting Bridgestone R10 race tyres during the lunch break sealed the deal. 

Turned out it was worth the wait. Grip levels were massively improved and on a track that punishes mistakes so brutally (it's all gut-churningly fast) grip is your bestest friend forever.

It wasn't just grip that improved with the change of tyres, either. Even during the gentle out-laps the steering was noticeably better. There are plenty of corners at Portimao where you need to hug an apex for slightly longer than normal or tighten your line to position yourself for the next bend. On the stickier, lighter front Bridgestone R10 tyres every aspect of the steering was improved - turn-in, feedback, accuracy and braking stability - the latter a really noticeably attribute when you're having to brake from 160mph+ (downhill) at the end of the back straight.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2012-honda-fireblade-review/19565.html#ixzz2CycLM6SS

I waited until the afternoon sessions before taking to the track again. Firstly I thought a bit of sun might warm the track up and news filtering through that the Honda mechanics were fitting Bridgestone R10 race tyres during the lunch break sealed the deal. 

Turned out it was worth the wait. Grip levels were massively improved and on a track that punishes mistakes so brutally (it's all gut-churningly fast) grip is your bestest friend forever.

It wasn't just grip that improved with the change of tyres, either. Even during the gentle out-laps the steering was noticeably better. There are plenty of corners at Portimao where you need to hug an apex for slightly longer than normal or tighten your line to position yourself for the next bend. On the stickier, lighter front Bridgestone R10 tyres every aspect of the steering was improved - turn-in, feedback, accuracy and braking stability - the latter a really noticeably attribute when you're having to brake from 160mph+ (downhill) at the end of the back straight.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2012-honda-fireblade-review/19565.html#ixzz2CycLM6SS

Score Breakdown
Overall
4
Engine
5
Brakes
4
Handling
5
Comfort
3
Build Quality
4

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