The CBR1000RR-R is a brand-new motorcycle, built with an unwavering focus on circuit riding, with unprecedented levels of performance and control. Its inline four-cylinder engine draws heavily on the RC213V-S’s combustion efficiency and low-friction technologies – while also sharing its bore and stroke; it also features titanium con-rods and forged aluminium pistons. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been optimised and adjustable Start Mode added to Power, Engine Brake and Wheelie Control.
The bodywork and riding position have an uncompromising focus on aerodynamic performance, and the fairing features MotoGP-derived winglets to generate downforce. A full-colour TFT screen and Honda Smart Key are the finishing touches.
Since its original 1992 introduction Honda’s iconic Fireblade has evolved into an incredible 1000cc sports motorcycle. And it’s also been the base of a competitive race machine, on short circuits around the world and the roads of the Isle of Man TT.
But time – and competition – always races on and in 20YM Honda drew the line under where the CBR1000RR Fireblade had been, and looked forward to where it was going. And, as a result, two brand-new motorcycles – the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP* – were created with heavy involvement from Honda Racing Corporation to carry the legend forward.
Leaning heavily on the engine and chassis technology of the RC213V-S ‘street-legal MotoGP machine’, with aerodynamics drawn from the RC213V MotoGP bike, the new Fireblade was designed from the ground up – in terms of engine, handling and aerodynamics – for pure, outright track performance.
2022 is an important anniversary for Honda, and its Fireblade, as it marks 30 years of what has proved, over time, a seminal sports machine. A variety of detail updates improve both corner-exit acceleration, HSTC control and braking and, to mark three decades of undiluted performance, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary* will be available in a limited edition, instantly-recognisable and evocative paint option that plays homage to the original 1992 style design.
The Fireblade’s inline four-cylinder engine delivers 112Nm @ 12,500rpm and makes peak power of 160Kw @ 14,500rpm.
Updates for 22YM centre around upping mid-corner drive and acceleration. Firstly, the rear sprocket goes from 40 to 43 teeth, improving acceleration through the gears in the mid-range while maintaining high-rpm output.
Both airbox and intake funnels have been re-shaped to smooth flow. The intake ports have been adjusted to increase airflow velocity while exhaust flow into the catalyser (and the catalyser itself) has also been optimised.
Throttle By Wire (TBW) spring load has been reduced, for improved linearity and response on opening. Using extensive feedback from racers around the world – including Honda’s HRC World SBK team – Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been refined to offer the rider the power, grip level and feel they want, and to match the increased drive.
As before, three default riding modes cover most conditions with options to fully adjust Power, Engine Brake, Wheelie Control and HSTC. The electronics package also includes adjustable Start Mode.
The engine uses a compact, short-stroke layout – sharing the bore and stroke of the RC213V – and features a semi-cam gear train, finger-follower rocker arms, titanium con-rods, RC213V-S internal friction reduction technologies, piston jets with check ball system and a built-in bottom bypass passage for the cylinder water jacket. A ram-air duct in the front fairing feeds directly through the headstock. The 4-2-1 exhaust downpipes are ovalized and the end-can was developed in conjunction with Akrapovič.
An aluminium diamond frame uses the rear of the engine as the upper shock mount while the swingarm is based on the RC213V-S design. The rigidity balance, weight distribution and steering geometry are carefully adjusted to exploit the engine’s output, in terms of front and rear grip levels, and feel for both. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) provides accurate 3D estimation of riding dynamics and provides input to manage all of the electronic systems. It also controls the rod-type 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).
Showa’s 43mm Big Piston Fork (BPF) is matched to a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite (BFRC-L). The front discs are worked by Nissin four-piston calipers, which have received revised piston material and surface treatment improving heat management. The ABS is adjustable for track riding.
Honda’s RC213V MotoGP machine has leant some of its slippery aerodynamics to the Fireblade, including winglets to increase downforce and improve braking stability. The riding position is also very compact. A fully customisable 5-inch TFT display offers intuitive control via a four-way switch on the left handlebar. Honda’s Smart Key system adds convenience.
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade will be available in the beautiful Grand Prix Red colour scheme introduced for the 20YM redesign, now featuring a white front ‘number board’.
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Engine Displacement (cm³)
No. of Valves per Cylinder
Bore ´ Stroke (mm)
81mm x 48.5mm
Max. Power Output
160kW @ 14,500rpm
112Nm @ 12,500rpm
Lurban - 74dB, Lwot - 77dB
Fuel Tank Capacity
C02 Emissions WMTC
Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch
Aluminium Twin Tube composite twin spar
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2100 x 745 x 1140mm
SHOWA BPF 43mm telescopic fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke
SHOWA BFRC-Lite Pro-Link swingarm with 10-step preload, stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 137mm stroke.
Rim Size Front
17 inch x 3.5
Rim Size Rear
17 inch x 6.0
120/70-ZR17 M/C (58W) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP/Bridgestone RS11
200/55-ZR17 M/C (78W) Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP/ Bridgestone RS11
ABS System Type
330mm disc with radial-mount 4-piston Nissin caliper
220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper
Honda Smart Key
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