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New Honda Fireblade spotted

First shots of next year’s CBR1000RR emerge, looks very similar to the current bike

THE FIRST photos of what we can safely assume to be next year’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade have emerged on Twitter, and if you were hoping for a radically restyled bike - somehing like this, perhaps - then you might be disappointed. 

After being photographed on a circuit, the images of the new Fireblade were posted to the social networking site by wakiwakiYZF_R1M.

Without getting a really close look at the bike, it’s hard to know for sure what’s changed over the current Fireblade but this new model looks very similar to the current bike – looking similar is proportion, size and shape, but with a new front fairing (which bears a resemblance to the CBR250RR's front fairing) and a revised seat unit.

From what we can see, the wheels and swingarm also look to be the same. The subframe, which has a new design, looks like it bolts to the main frame at the same point as on the current bike.

An obvious visual change is the move from a stubby exhaust silencer to something more traditional and more akin to the exhaust on the Yamaha R1. This will no doubt be to make the bike compliant with looming Euro 4 regulations.

But it’s what’s under the skin that counts and we don’t yet know what changes Honda has made to the engine, or what kind of electronics the bike will come with, although it safe to say that this next generation Fireblade will be on a par with the current crop of litre superbikes in terms of power and technology.

If you're disappointed that the new Fireblade hasn't aesthetically changed much, there's always the hope that Honda has spent its R&D money on the rumoured V4 superbike, spawned from the RCV213-S. With EICMA and Intermot coming ever closer, we could find out soon.

Comments

dudeofrude's picture

Didn't everyone say they wanted the old bike with modern electronics....... ta da....
I reckon it'll be great.
The only way they could make it better in my opinion is to put the engine and electronics in the even older (better looking) blade haha

snave's picture

Only Honda can take a superbike, and make it boring.
I'm sure Linfoot will be checking out the crankcase clearance, while the ergonomics will work perfectly for those under 5`3".

BubbaDaytona's picture

Honda somehow manages to make sport bikes less and less exciting over the last 20 years. Make the 1000 look like the 250, great idea. Just call it a day and make it look like a Civic.

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