The CBR1000RR is really compact and belies its massive 1000cc engine capacity. This is a motorcycle with softer, friendlier lines that many have come to admire, and some just never grew into.
A notable feature of the 1000RR is that it concentrates its mass low and close to the centre of the bike, and the factory has labored hard to keep its weight to a bare minimum, so crucial on these kind of built-for-speed machines. Lightweight alloy is the norm across most of the bike’s cycle parts, including its frame, hollowed-out wheels, massive swing-arm and in-line, four-cylinder engine.
The CBR’s front fairing gives the bike an aggressive stance, with twin headlights glaring out of an aerodynamically shaped snout. Front turn signal indicators are located on the smart, really high-quality stalk-mounted mirrors, which show clear rear view at all speeds. The turn signal warning icons are smartly placed on the periphery of this single-pod fascia, while within the rev counter sit a low-fuel warning lamp, neutral, high beam and bright redline warning lights. The CBR also provides an odometer, A and B trip facility as well as accurate real-time fuel economy readouts. All this is located in front of its attractive, machined alloy steering triple clamp.
Clip-on handlebars are standard fare with all inclusive switches including a hazard warning button and engine kill switch to the right. The CBR leaves one headlight on all the time, with the rider only able to command high beam. The grips lend a nice feel to the rider’s palms and the bike has smartly buffed levers, with the front brake offering reach adjustability. A large and easy to turn cable- adjusting nut fastens into the clutch yoke.
The ’Blade utilizes Honda’s proven thief-repelling Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S) that won’t allow the bike to start without its original set of keys.
The CBR1000RR’s engine and curved radiator sit semi-concealed beneath its distinctive bodywork, with its massive frame running back to expose itself just under its long tank section. The stubby silencer adds to the CBRs attractive appeal with much of its muscle coming from a humongous swing-arm, and 190/50 section rear tyre, flanked on one side by an exposed and O’ring sealed chain. The rear is slim, with boldly stepped rider and pillion pads ending in a petite tail-lamp, while the rear mudguard sticks out with considerable overhang.