Honda reveals base model Fireblade at Eicma

Thought the SP was the entry level Fireblade? Think again.

Honda reveals base model Fireblade at Eicma

HONDA has just unveiled a new base model Fireblade at Eicma.

Essentially, the CBR1000RR Fireblade does away with all the really high end stuff found on the recently announced SP and SP2 – so there’s no semi-active Ohlins, top spec Brembo brakes and forged wheels.

Instead this is the Fireblade that’s likely to pack out Honda dealers across the land because it’ll be cheaper and in the hands of most riders, more than capable enough.

Numbers-wise, we’re talking 189hp at 13,000rpm and 85.55lb/ft torque at 11,000rpm controlled via the throttle-by-wire system developed for the RC213V-S with 195kg wet weight.

The semi-active Ohlins might be gone, but in its place are Showa BPF forks and Balance Free shock and the Brembos are replaced with Tokico four-piston radial-mount calipers.

This ‘entry level’ Fireblade is still packed with all the technology you’d expect to find though, so still has an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), traction control, range of riding modes and cornering ABS with all these setting clearly visible through the colour TFT instrument display.