HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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 type||16v (76X55mm), 6 gears.|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar.|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|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||£93|
|Annual service cost||£160|
|Used price||£9,000 - £13,300|
How much to insure?
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
- Honda Fireblade SP
- Honda Fireblade SP-2
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE (2017 - on)
2 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Annual servicing cost: £160
Great bike, buy few cheap bolts here and there
Comfy for a supersport bike. No good for a pillion
More than enough, but needs mapping
Few furred bolts after 2k miles. Disappointing for a honda
Will do myself when out of warranty. Main dealer expensive
Quickshift should be standard, best extra ever, a must
Buying experience: Main dealer, very poor, now closed
Version: Standard with Honda up/down quickshift
Now I've had it mapped and suspension set up it's perfect
Plenty of brakes for the road
Excellent now it's been mapped properly
Few furry bolts
Be doing my own servicing Honda dealers are a rip off
Everything you need. Fuel info is great. Quickshift is a must
Buying experience: Bought from main dealer. Price was excellent service not.