Honda has finally broken the silence about its long awaited ‘12 CBR1000RR
It’s been all quiet on the Western front from the Honda camp for the past few years and little had changed with their sportbikes aside from bold new graphics and some slight tweaks. For the flagship CBR1000RR, little had changed since its inception in 2008, save for aesthetic updates and ABS. Thankfully the respected package has stood the test of time with its solid chassis and midrange monster of a motor. But four years into the production cycle, Honda Heads were left wondering when the next big change would come. Well, wonder no more, Honda just released some steamy photos and info of the updated 2012 CBR1000RR.
Some of the highlights include a narrower focus on balance (as if it needed more of that!) and improved handling. These tweaks come in the form of a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Forks and new multi-spoke wheels.
Along with new suspenders, the updated Fireblade also sports fresh bodywork that’s said to improve the aerodynamic flow and high-speed handling. Lets also not forget the slick LCD instrument cluster that looks to be lifted straight from a MotoGP bike with features like a lap timer, five-level shift indicator and other track-ready bits. Official MSRP info now sits at $13,800 in standard trim and $14,800 for the C-ABS model.
Elsewhere in the Honda sportbike line the CBR600RR gets new colors and graphics, as does the new kid on the block, the lightweight CBR250R.