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Honda wants to regain its throne in the superbike world
With 215 horsepower, the 2021 Honda Fireblade SP is ready to compete with Ducati, Kawasaki and BMW models…
In reality, it's been twelve years since the Honda brand introduced its new supermotor. Sure, the 2008 CBR1000RR has received a number of upgrades, including a major refresh in 2017, but the motorcycle you see in front of you is a completely new release, and the Honda brand definitely intends to regain the title they once had.
The 2021 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, as this model is called, got a head-to-toe redesign. Honda claims that the four-cylinder engine itself has the same internal dimensions as the MotoGP racing model, and at the same time puts out an ambitious 215 horsepower. This moves the CBR towards the sharp end of power measurement, which is currently dominated by Ducati, Kawasaki and BMW. At the same time, it clarifies the Honda brand's intentions for winning the World Superbike Championship with their new driver, Alvaro Bautista.
The engine reportedly has 26 horsepower more than the outgoing CBR, fits in with Euro-5 standards and has an exhaust branch signed by Akrapovich, meaning it will easily comply with all future emission laws for at least the next five years.
Its chassis has been completely redesigned, featuring a new handle that is 30.5 mm longer, with an electric suspension from the Ohlins brand and Brembo Stylem brakes.
This is the first Honda supermotor which comes with IMU (Intertial Measurement Unit), which measures in six axles when it comes to traction, steering, ABS, brakes and shock absorbers. The aerodynamic accessories come in the form of three vertical wings that aim to increase thrust at high speeds and increase stability for the front grip.
The 2017-2019 Honda CBR1000 RR SP supermotor was a really good machine, but it is really weaker compared to the new model. Honda definitely intends to dominate the world of super-motors and racetracks, and if history repeats itself in this case, we are quite sure that they will succeed.
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