Honda Honda CBR1000RR-R [2020] | First UK Ride Review

We give the entry-level 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade a thorough work out on the UK roads to find out if it's worth saving the cash over the race-bred SP

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Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Sportsbikes
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Few recent launches have generated as much interest and excitement as the latest in the long line of Honda Fireblade models, a machine the manufacturer is pinning hopes on re-establishing it as the king of sportsbikes.

Endowed with more power, more tech and more ‘Rs’, the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R left a significant impression on us when we tested the top of the range ‘SP’ version at its world launch at the top of the year in Qatar.

Now on sale in the UK, while the SP will certainly be the model for the true enthusiasts spending as much time on track as they will on the road, for many it is this the standard Honda CBR1000RR-R that will be the model of choice for them. 

We say ‘standard’ because with 214bhp at 14,500rpm, there is nothing particularly standard about the CBR1000RR-R but you will save £3,500 over the flagship SP model.

Which is why we have taken delivery of this variant, complete with a stealthy looking matte black finish to discover how it copes with the rigours of the UK’s twisty, more rutted roads.

Honda CBR1000RR-R Specifications

ENGINE

Type

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

Engine Displacement (cm³)

999.9cc

No. of Valves per Cylinder

4

Bore × Stroke (mm)

81mm x 48.5mm

Compression Ratio

13.0 x 1

Max. Power Output

160kW @ 14,500

Max. Torque

113Nm @ 12,500

Oil Capacity

4.0L

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-DSFI

Fuel Tank Capacity

16.1L

Fuel Consumption

16.0km/litre 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12-6 YTZ7S

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)

2100 x 745 x 1140mm

Wheelbase

1455mm

Caster Angle

24o

Trail

102mm

Seat Height

830mm

Ground Clearance

115mm

Kerb Weight

201kg

SUSPENSION

Type Front

Showa 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

 

SP: Telescopic inverted fork with inner

diameter of 43mm and Ohlins NPX Smart-

EC with preload, compression and

rebound adjustments. 125mm 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.

 

SP: Pro-Link with gas-charged Ohlins TTX36 Smart-EC damper featuring preload, compression and rebound damping. 143mm stroke.

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 radial-mount 4-piston Nissin caliper

 

SP: 4-piston Brembo Stylema 330mm disc

Rear

220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

TFT-LCD

Security System

HISS

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED