This year, there have been a lot of changes in the superbike category. Now, all of these new models from 2017 are starting to arrive in India. It’s the Honda CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP this time. The price of the CBR1000RR has stayed at Rs 17.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price of the tricked-out CBR1000 SP, on the other hand, hasn’t been set yet, but it’s likely to be around Rs 20 lakh. Both bikes will be brought in through the CBU route, and dealers have already started taking orders.
(As of June 14, 2017, the CBR1000RR SP costs Rs. 21.7 lakh ex-showroom in Delhi.)
At the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show, the new CBR1000RR was shown for the first time. It’s a completely new bike, and the company says it’s about 90 percent different from the one it replaced. Honda has worked hard to get 15 kg off the old bike and add 11 PS of power. This means that the ratio of power to weight has gone up by 14 percent. At 13,000 rpm, the 998cc engine in the CBR1000RR makes 191 PS of power and 115 Nm of torque. The SP version, on the other hand, has 1 Nm more torque.
The bike from last year was especially behind the competition when it came to electronic aids. Now, this model takes care of that because it has a 5-axis Inertial Measuring Unit (IMU) that is linked to ABS, 9 level Honda Selectable Torque Control traction control, Rear lift control, Throttle by wire, and wheelie control. Above that, there are three riding modes: Street, Circuit, and Mechanic. There are also five levels of power delivery and three levels of engine braking control. It has a full-color TFT display, front brakes with four pistons from Tokico, a front fork with 43mm big pistons from Showa, and a monoshock at the back.
What makes the CBR1000RR SP different? Ohlins semi-active suspension, 43mm Ohlins NIX30 front forks, Ohlins TTX36 monoshock, quickshifter with downshift assist, lighter Lithium-ion battery, and Brembo brakes.