HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP (2014-on) Review

Published: 21 March 2014

The most desirable Blade in its 21-year history


The most desirable Blade in its 21-year history

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  178 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • £14,999

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Honda has given Fireblade fans a reason to smile. With its classy Öhlins suspension, Brembo monobloc brakes, blueprinted engine and drop-dead gorgeous HRC paintjob, the SP is the most desirable Blade in its 21-year history. With its improved handling, braking performance and grip, the SP is destined to be a faster-lapping, easier-to-handle track day bike than any previous model. And all the sexy bits make it a far better road bike, too, thanks to its smoother engine, plusher suspension, stronger brakes and taller double-bubble screen.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Some of the changes to the 2014 Blade models are so minor you would be hard pushed to notice them back-to-back, but the SP gives you so much more confidence and feel through the rear tyre when you are at full lean. When you are flying along, wide-eyed and pumped full of adrenalin, you really notice the things that make the SP special: the new suspension, brakes, tyres and a bigger screen to hide behind down the straights. The 2013 Blade was always a nicely balanced, easy-to-ride superbike – with the SP there is all this and more.

Engine 5 out of 5

The standard old Blade’s engine is a little gruff, so at low speeds you really notice the beautiful smoothness of the SP’s blueprinted motor. Then there’s the engine’s easy grunt, flexibility, the typically glassy-smooth Honda throttle response and the way the Blade SP rolls obediently into corners with the lightest touch on the wider, lower, bars. Did I miss the lack of rider aids? Unless you have the talent of a top racer you are never going to get the Blade to misbehave and you never miss not having electronic aids, although a quickshifter would be nice…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Blade is extremely well built with an almost faultless reliability record.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Blade SP is more expensive than the S1000RR and RSV4 R, but on a par with the MV F4R and cheaper than a basic Panigale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

Lacking and electronic aids such as traction control or fuel modes, but it does have Öhlins suspension.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

CBR1000RR SP review

27 May 2014 by stealthbiker

Excellent Bike for the money. Very smooth riding bike, and handles much better than the standard CBR. Leans nicely in the turns, and makes me look like a better rider than I am. I was somewhat disappointed in the suspension and brakes - better... Read more than stock, but I was hoping for a full track suspension. The Ohlins is a reworked road and track version and is not height adjustable. I like the bike, and it is worth every penny. The extra cost is well worth it. I am getting it track ready. HRC ECU, change out air filter and exhaust, Power Commander, quick shift, dyno tune. Swap shifter. Swap handles for a better look. swap out stock Ohlins with track Ohlins, swap brakes. Change Chain and sprockets. My builder (Jett Tuning) states the bike will produce 175 at the rear wheels when running race fuel, 170 on premium gas, with an upper rpm limit of 14,500.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best Blade Ever

17 April 2014 by RoyM57

Early days to comment on reliability but Quality is usual Honda high standard and I expect reliability will be same. Gorgeous looking and fantastic ride and with limited numbers should hold value well. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £14,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Max power 178 bhp
Max torque 84 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Engine size 999cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 16v inline four
Frame type Aluminium perimeter
Fuel capacity 17.7 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension Öhlins 55mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Öhlins fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial monobloc calipers
Rear brake 1x220mm disc, Nissin single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 190/50ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

ABS costs £600 more while the basic Fireblade is £11,999 or £12,599 with ABS.

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