HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE (2017 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
Power: 189 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.8 in / 832 mm)
Weight: Medium (432 lbs / 196 kg)


New £15,225
Used £9,200 - £15,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The stock Blade has all the excellent qualities of the £19,125 SP, with the same power and torque, and just 1kg more mass. Lean sensitive traction control, power modes, engine brake assist, wheelie control and cornering ABS all come as standard. Once perfectly set up on the same rubber as the SP I’d estimate the lap times would be near to identical, and on the road you’d struggle to tell the difference.

You don’t have the versatility and simplicity of the SP semi-active suspension, but add the optional quickshifter and you won’t be disappointed. As impressive as the SP is, if you’re confident in suspension set-up then opt for the standard fully-adjustable suspended Showa model and save yourself a few quid. 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Up front the fully adjustable big piston Showa fork feels superb, and the cornering ABS that’s the same as the SP means you can trail the brakes deep into the turn. The front is excellent, as is mid-corner grip. Just because this is the base Blade you shouldn’t think this a poor tribute band and not the real thing – it is, it’s just missing the clever easier to adjust and navigate Öhlins semi-active suspension of the SP model.

Rake and trail remain 23°/96mm but the hollow die-cast twin-spar aluminium frame’s rigidity balance has been significantly adjusted to improve steering response, feel and stability. The frame walls have been thinned to deliver a 500g weight saving, rigidity is unchanged, the frame is 10% more flexible.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The standard Blade and SP share an identical engine. To seek out every last ounce of performance the Honda engineers have had to work ovetime. The result is an additional 11bhp compared to the outgoing model, the loss of 2kg and raised rev ceiling to 13,000rpm, 750rpm higher than previously. Peak power is now a claimed 189bhp @ 12,500rpm, with peak torque of 81.79ftlb @ 10,500rpm. Bore and stroke remain at 76 x 55.1mm, but the compression ratio is up from 12.3:1 to 13:1. The 2017 Blade is the first inline four-cylinder engine from Honda to use a Throttle by Wire control and is driven by an Acceleration Position Sensor integrated into the right handlebar switchgear.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The build quality and finish refelcts the relatively high price tag. Take the very clever clocks, for example. Like the RC213V-S, the Fireblade uses a full-colour TFT liquid crystal dash that automatically adjusts to ambient light and features three display modes; Street, Circuit and Mechanic – so you can choose what you see. Street mode displays riding modes, plus the settings for Power, HSTC, Selectable Engine Brake and Suspension. The onboard computer calculates instantaneous and average fuel economy, trip fuel consumption, average speed and time after last ignition plus remaining fuel after RES light and more. Circuit mode adds a lap timer, number of laps and difference from the best lap, while Mechanic mode displays the digital tacho, gear position, grip angle, coolant temperature and battery voltage.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At £15,225 it’s a significant price jump in price from the old model, which now makes it one of the most expensive ‘standard’ 1000cc superbikes on the market. The price can be justifed though, as it’s also a big jump over the old bike, and is now littered with rider aids. 


5 out of 5 (5/5)

The previous model Blade was lacking any rider aids, but Honda have rectified this with a bucket load of electronics to help riders on the road and race track. As with many other models on the market, information is gathered from a five axis IMU which measures exactly what the bike is doing. The IMU works in partnership with the 9-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which precisely manages rear wheel traction via the FI-ECU and Throttle By Wire (TBW). The new Bosch ABS braking (also managed by the IMU) offers Rear Lift Control (RLC) and Wheelie Control. On paper this is an impressive array of rider aids, but there is more: There are three rider modes, five levels of power delivery, three levels of wheelie control and three levels of engine braking. The quickshifter/autoblipper is an optional extra on the stock model.


Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v (76X55mm), 6 gears.
Frame type Aluminium twin spar.
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 832mm
Bike weight 196kg
Front suspension 43mm Showa fully adjustable.
Rear suspension Showa fully adjustable.
Front brake 2x 320mm Tokico radial calipers.
Rear brake 220mm disc.
Front tyre size 120/70x17.
Rear tyre size 190/50x17.

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £140
New price £15,225
Used price £9,200 - £15,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 24 months

Top speed & performance

Max power 189 bhp
Max torque 85.6 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 10 secs
Tank range 168 miles

Model history & versions

Other versions

- Honda Fireblade SP

- Honda Fireblade SP-2

Owners' reviews for the HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE (2017 - on)

9 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE (2017 - 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.

Review your HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
5 out of 5 Perfect road bike
18 May 2023 by Neil Hacker

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £150

Amazing bike, feel totally in control. Normally i would go for a Supersport, but that market seems dead. Took the plunge for the Fireblade, i am so glad i did!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Leaves you with a total feeling of control on the road, not interested in track days.

Engine 5 out of 5

Really tractable and linear. Goes absolutely crazy when you are in the mood.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

A high quality feel to every inch of the bike. First Honda i have owned. Wont be the last.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Doesnt stretch the chain or use the rear tyre as much as i feared.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Sophisticated without being fussy or confusing.

Buying experience: Bought my bike from a main dealer. I had some concerns with all the bad press the early bikes got. As soon as i rode away i knew i had made the right choice.

5 out of 5 The Best Fireblade.
02 February 2023 by Dom M

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £100

Stunning and incredible bike with all quirks the previous years ironed out. Better and more usable than the later extra Rs.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Nimble, yet comfortable with fantastic breaks. Abs efficient but doesn't get in the way.

Engine 5 out of 5

Just the right amount of power. Plus easy to modify if wanted. Also even in stock for it sounds lovely.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Standard second to none honda build quality.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

One heck of alot of bike for what you can pick one of these up for. Good on fuel. Easy 150mile plus out of a tank.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Top spec electronics package as standard but I wish quickshifter was included as standard and not an extra you have to pay extra for.

4 out of 5 Great sportsbike for the road
16 May 2022 by Jon

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £130

Handling feels excellent. It’s fairly comfortable, and the finish is very good. It has a fairly anarchy throttle at lower speeds - a remap is a must if you’re going to use it on the road.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

For me it makes a good road bike, although I do have to get off and stretch my legs quickly after an hour or so. I have added an air cushion as the standard seat is a bit hard.

Engine 4 out of 5

Apart from the snatchiness low down, it’s great

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

3 years on and no sign of any corrosion yet.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

The chassis, the handling the suspension, all works perfectly together. For me the handling is great. If you fiddle with the suspension to get it right, it’s fantastic.

5 out of 5 2017 fireblade awesome
08 October 2021 by Keith James

Year: 2017

Handling is awesome, build quality superb and overall riding experience is second to none. My only gripe would be no quickshifter as standard

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Quickshifter would be a nice addition

4 out of 5 2017 Fireblade
05 February 2021 by Graham

Year: 2017

Great handling bike , good quality finish, dash could be bigger as there’s room in the dash binnacle. The bike as good mpg for a sports bike and more than enough power for most One must have is the factory Honda quickshifter it’s an easy DIY job and can be brought new for under £500 I have given 4 stars due to the jerky low end under 3k rpm snatchiness otherwise would be 5

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Not as comfortable as the previous model I owned but brakes feel better and the ride is much improved

Engine 4 out of 5

Plenty of trick electronics to play with on the bike , my only gripe is the low end fuelling makes it jerky and slow speeds around town and the fuelling is nowhere near as good as on the 2016 model although I have fitted a Rapid bike evo module which helps

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Great quality finish and build

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Don’t pay main dealer prices and costs are very reasonable

Equipment 4 out of 5

Highly recommended the Honda quickshifter with blipper , silky smooth operation makes riding a joy

Buying experience: I brought from a dealer and paid £9600 with only 600 miles on the clock and with the full SP bodywork on without the quickshifter which I fitted myself I got £7600 for my 16reg blade and paid 2k to swap was very happy with the deal

5 out of 5 2017 fireblade
24 November 2020 by Rg250dreamer

Version: Rah

Year: 2017

Perfect for a smaller rider

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Obviously it it at its best on fast A roads,I carry a pillion most of the time and we can both go around 90 minutes before we need a break however we have fitted an air hawk pillion cushion.

Engine 4 out of 5

It could be smoother in 30/40 mph limits,the fuelling doesn’t feel quite right,it’s ok but could be better

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I carry out my own maintenance

Equipment 5 out of 5

The main reason I bought this model over older ones is the traction control,it gives me so much confidence when using the bikes power

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer,didn’t get much of a discount but did get a new rear tyre and oil change.I paid £10000 for it with 1121 miles on the clock the bike was like new

5 out of 5 honda fire blade
09 October 2020 by mark motor technician.

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £160

more than enough power for the road . ride it slow or fast it will do both. it’s a bit surgeing at 30 mph . the mpg is pretty good. mutch more comfortable than you would think . the electrictronics are good . the steering damper is fantastic no tank slapping at all no matter how hard you ride it .

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

i must say i have never had a pillion on the back the mrs is not keen.

Engine 4 out of 5

there has bin a bit of a problem with pinking on this model . i use octane booster it makes it better but no perfect. ride it hard and you will not notice. i changed the spark plugs and found the factory ones were not gaped properly.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

i have covered over 5000 miles

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: honda dealer . fantastic service. honda of bournemouth.

4 out of 5
10 April 2020 by Robert Lawson

Version: Standard

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £160

Great bike, buy few cheap bolts here and there

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Comfy for a supersport bike. No good for a pillion

Engine 5 out of 5

More than enough, but needs mapping

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Few furred bolts after 2k miles. Disappointing for a honda

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Will do myself when out of warranty. Main dealer expensive

Equipment 4 out of 5

Quickshift should be standard, best extra ever, a must

Buying experience: Main dealer, very poor, now closed

5 out of 5
27 July 2019 by Robert Lawson

Version: Standard with Honda up/down quickshift

Year: 2018

Now I've had it mapped and suspension set up it's perfect

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Plenty of brakes for the road

Engine 5 out of 5

Excellent now it's been mapped properly

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Few furry bolts

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Be doing my own servicing Honda dealers are a rip off

Equipment 5 out of 5

Everything you need. Fuel info is great. Quickshift is a must

Buying experience: Bought from main dealer. Price was excellent service not.

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