These changes, American Honda notes, results in a 14% improvement in power-to-weight ratio.
First introduced overseas in 1992 and in the U.S. shortly thereafter, Honda is quick to point out its largest CBR has continuously reset expectations of what an open-class sport bike should be, with a holistic “Total Control” design approach that focuses on cornering, acceleration and braking. That practice is taken to the next level with the 25th anniversary CBR1000RR SP, which is also fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package.
Honda promises the result is a machine that is underpinned by the “Next Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration.
“Since their debut, CBR liter bikes have been designed to perform in the real world, the way real customers use them,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “We’re pleased to unveil the 2017 CBR1000RR SP, which follows in that same tradition by providing a superbly balanced package with our best power-to-weight ratio ever. It works incredibly well on track and, even more importantly, is both exhilarating and uniquely rewarding to ride out on the open road.”
The CBR1000RR SP has received a vast array of improvements, including some that come straight from the RC213V-S.
Electronics play a big role, including semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension (S-EC), plus a number of rider aids built around the five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Power and torque have been increased through a higher compression ratio and revised cam timing, while ample use of magnesium on the engine covers and titanium for not only the mufflers but for the first time on a mass-production road bike, a fuel tank. This change in materials reduces reduced weight and improves mass centralization.
The twin-spar aluminum frame’s rigidity balance has been finely adjusted, and the swingarm is stiffer. Brembo monobloc four-piston front brake calipers use high-performance track-ready brake pads, while a narrower radiator and new bodywork achieve a slimmer profile.
In addition to the CBR1000RR SP, Honda is also offering a competition-focused, limited-production CBR1000RR SP2, which comes with larger valves and lighter forged-aluminum Marchesini wheels.
The CBR1000RR SP will be offered in HRC Tri-Color and available in March 2017. The special edition version, CBR1000RR SP2 will be available in May 2017 with the same color option. Neither have a price at this time.
Honda also welcomes back a number of popular models for the 2017 model year, some with new graphics and colors.
2017 Honda Gold Wing
The motorcycle that singlehandedly invented long-distance comfort motorcycle touring and luxury two-up riding, Honda’s legendary Gold Wing is available in two new color combinations for 2017, as well as the familiar Candy Red. Three different trim levels are offered, the top option boasting navigation and anti-lock brakes.
The color choices are Candy Red or Ultra Blue Metallic/Black for the base model, Candy Red, Pearl White or Ultra Blue Metallic/Black for the Gold Wing Navi with and without ABS. The new models will be available as of January 2017 with a starting price of $23,999
Honda Shadow Phantom
Back for 2017 in a spectral new Matte Black Metallic color, the Shadow Phantom lives up to its name, making a powerful statement without resorting to a lot of bling. The V-twin engine has a throaty exhaust sound, and the seating position is equally comfortable for cruising or longer outings.
It appears, for riders wanting a Honda Shadow Phantom Matte Black Metallic is the choice of color and will be riding onto showroom floors as soon as December 2016. The final price hasn’t been published yet.
With sculpted bodywork that wouldn’t be out of place in a science-fiction movie, the innovative, limited-edition NM4 attracts attention wherever it goes, but it’s also got a practical side, thanks to its automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and integrated saddlebags.
Coming in the color of Matte Black Metallic, the NM4 will be available in November 2016 for $10,999.