2012 Honda CBR1000RR – First LookHonda | January 4, 2012
We wont be lying when we say that we weren’t all that impressed by the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR. This especially is because of the fact that it actually is the 20th Anniversary of the novel RR-labeled Superbike, the Honda CBR900RR, which actually transformed the world of Sportbike in 1992. And we are pretty sure that anyone who was expecting the similarly ruthless model for this year will certainly be disappointed as well, because of the upgraded suspension elements and a small bit of restyling are the only updates that the Big Red flagship Superbike of Honda has been given.
The largest news for 2012 Honda CBR1000RR is the inclusion of the Big Piston Fork from Showa that immerses the springs in oil right at the base of the legs and places bigger, upper-flowing pistons positioned above to give silky damping action and better front-end response. The Big Piston Fork from Showa is also a brand new inclusion in the bike for this year, and at the same time there also is a self-styled “balance-free” intend, which basically is an ill-fated version of Ohlins’ dual-tube expertise, which significantly minimizes Cavitation and Stictomys for enhanced, a lot more reliable damping. The all new 12-spoke lighter cast-aluminum wheels of the bike also derogate the unstabilized weight, which probably shall be enhancing the suspension action.
What surprised us most is that in a time when Yamaha and Kawasaki Superbikes in the market have traction control and changeable power modes, and many other European rivals as well, the absence of both of the features is noticeable on 2012 Honda Cbr1000rr. The output power could also be less for the segment also. The Honda Cbr1000rr has the same DOHC, 16-valve, 999 cc inline-4 engine, which has not been changed at all and hence the expected output power for the bike is about 160-bhp, which again lags behind the BMW S1000RR’s 180-bhp and the impending Ducati 1199’s 195-bhp.
Having said that, the incredibly balance Sportbike of Honda time and again go beyond their specification sheets. The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR, having the asserted curb weight of around 441-lbs, and even better handling than before, probably will cover for some minor shortcomings in the bike. And for the very first time in the modern American market, customers actually will get white/red/blue HRC-stimulated graphics, which normally are kept especially for European market and all that at an impressive price tag of $13,800, which is only $401 than the previous year. For another $1000 you could get the Honda’s race-score ABS (antilock braking system) and combined ABS.