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Everything we know about the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade

With the launch of the new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade less than a week away, here’s everything we know so far

NEW motorcycle launches are normally a pretty grand affair, even if the bike the manufacturer is releasing is only a small step up from the one that it’s replacing, they still like to make a bit of a fuss about the whole thing. The above statement couldn’t be further from the truth with the incoming 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade - this is most definitely a ‘big’ bike for Honda. In every sense of the word!

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For many years the Fireblade has floated near the top of the sportsbike charts, whether on sales alone or the quality of the finished product. That affection in recent years has started to wane slightly, as other manufacturers push their sportsbikes well beyond the 200hp barrier. The 190hp Honda looked like it had brought a knife to a gunfight.

For 2020 Honda is looking to put the record straight once and for all, placing the Fireblade once again at the top of the sportsbike tree. To do this, they look set to release their most powerful, most high-tech and possibly the fastest Honda Fireblade they have ever produced. Here’s everything we know about the new CBR1000RR-R.

Chassis and engine development

For the 2020 bike, Honda’s team of engineers chucked the old-school ‘How to build a Fireblade’ handbook out the window. Instead of focussing on the user and trying to make a bike that’s easy to ride everyday on the road and track, they drafted in HRC’s top MotoGP engineers and set to work turning the RCV213-S into a Fireblade.

The first task for Honda and HRC’s engineers was to create a new inline four-cylinder engine for the for the bike. The result is a compact, short-stroke layout – sharing the bore and stroke of the RC213V-S – and features a semi-cam gear train, finger-follower rocker arms, titanium con-rods, and even use of the RC213V-S’ internal friction reduction technologies.

The resulting performance stats show the new bike to be the most powerful production Fireblade Honda has ever produced, putting out 214bhp @ 14,500rpm.

The bike’s ride-by-wire throttle has been updated for 2020, with a claimed improvement in feel. The bike will also include three default riding modes, each with the option to change power, engine braking, wheelie control and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

A totally new aluminium diamond frame uses the rear of the engine as the upper shock mount; the swingarm is longer and based on the RC213V-S design. Honda and HRC have worked hard to create a frame for the bike that can handle the extra grunt from the CBR’s new engine. Looking at the rigidity of the frame, weight distribution, and steering geometry.

Showa’s 43mm Big Piston Fork (BPF) is matched to a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion Light (BFRC-L). The front discs are larger in diameter and worked by new Nissin four-piston calipers while the ABS is adjustable for track riding. The rear tyre is now sized 200/55-ZR17.

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade wings

Honda’s 2018 RC213V MotoGP machine was the basis for the design study that went into creating the new Fireblade’s aerodynamics. The set up includes winglets to increase downforce and improve braking stability, a first for a road-going Honda motorcycle. The riding position is also much more compact, with the fuel tank for the new bike sitting 45mm lower than before. There are even convex areas on the front mudguard, designed in such a way that they help to force air around the front wheel, into the path of the all-important winglets.

Is this the Honda Fireblade to recapture former glories?

It’s easy to be taken in by specs, PR speak and slick looking marketing videos and sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture to get an idea of how serious a manufacturer is at succeeding. For that, you only have to look at Honda’s former glories in series like the BSB, World Superbike and the TT. Their recent form at all events has been much less than par, and Honda top brass really wont like that.

Racing is at the heart of what Honda do, on two wheels and four, I just hope that in the quest to recapture those glories they don’t loose sight of those riders who never put a wheel on track. They are the ones, after all, that actually buy the bikes.

We don’t have long to find out though as the press riding launch for the new 2020 Honda Fireblade is taking place at the Losail Circuit in Doha in less than a week’s time. Visordown will be on hand to bring you all the insight into this most important of Honda models.

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade specs

ENGINE

Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4

Engine Displacement (cm³)

1000cc

No. of Valves per Cylinder

4

Bore ´ Stroke (mm)

81mm x 48.5mm

Compression Ratio

13.0 x 1

Max. Power Output

Max. Torque

Oil Capacity

3.8L

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-DSFI

Fuel Tank Capacity

16.1L

Fuel Consumption

16.0km/litre

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12-2 Lithium-Ion

ACG Output

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch with assist slipper

Transmission Type

6-speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

Type

Aluminium composite twin spar

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L x W x H)

2099 x 762 x 1136mm

Wheelbase

1455mm

Caster Angle

24.1o

Trail

101mm

Seat Height

831mm

Ground Clearance

119mm

Kerb Weight

202kg

SUSPENSION

Type Front

Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke

Type Rear

Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 137mm stroke.

Showa Balance-Free Rear Cushion with preload, compression and rebound adjustment.

WHEELS

Rim Size Front

17 inch x 3.5

Rim Size Rear

17 inch x 6.0

Tyres Front

120/70-ZR17

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Bridgestone RS11

Tyres Rear

200/55-ZR17

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Bridgestone RS11

BRAKES

 

ABS System Type

2 Channel

Front

330mm disc with 4-piston Brembo caliper

Rear

220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

TFT-LCD

Security System

HISS

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

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