Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade Review
|✓||Power, handling, comfort, dash, looks great in black|
|×||Wind protection, mirrors, range, seat|
What Is It?
The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is a dedicated premium sports bike which originally launched in 2004 with updates in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Engine: 999 cc Inline Four, 189 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg, 160 miles
Seat Height: 832 mm
Wet Weight: 196 kg
What Is It Like?
I've owned three Fireblades now, including a 954 (2003) and 1000RR (2004), but now I own a 2018 basic model blade and Honda have out done themselves completely. There's never a shy moment on her; she's like a caged animal awaiting release. You get amazing handling and performance on the mark, all from a sports bike that's so easy to get on with. An all-round nice bit of kit.
The 2018 blade is the latest incarnation and is very well equipped providing you set her up for your riding needs properly. The base model blade is the best balanced sports bike currently on offer; anyone could jump on it and ride it. In my eyes little details make such a world of difference to a road bike, like a nice bit of leg room, a comfortable riding position and once you've sorted the traction control out heelloo throttle. Trying to keep the front down without the traction control cutting in in tricky, as I found out Henstridge Airfield.
I've used my 2018 blade all year round and since June 2018 have clocked up just over 6,000 miles on her. So far every mile still puts a smile on my face. I went to Henstridge airfield six times last year where it was just amazing trying to pin the throttle back and hanging on for dear life (0mph-152mph-0mph in 512 meters).
- Tail tidy
- Leo Vince slip on
- Power Bronze screen
- R&G headlight protectors
- Blip system
- Complete Brembo upgrade of the brakes
- K&N airfilters
Well not much to say, it's a Honda, bullet proof and I really would recommend buying one.
Let’s not forget this is an every day sports bike, not an ideal touring bike or anything in between. So the ride is a bit ‘firm’, she rides very well in the rain and she is a rocket ship all go go go. You catch that wonderful engine in the right part of the rev-range and you’re off into the distance. I've just upgraded my tyres to Continental Sport Attack 3 - ooo boy she goes round corners even better now.
Well to fair I've brought the base model so it hasn't got all tech of the SP1, but still does the job you need it for. Perfect for the road.
I got an absolute bargain at the time! You can get one of these things for about £14,000 to £16,000 brand spanking out of the crate – in this case it really does mean value for money. In addition to this, when you consider that you get that Honda warranty with two years roadside assistance, it really is a no brainer.
Servicing costs are very much on-par with the competition, so there's little to complain about there. It’s worth the money for that dealer stamp and the peace of mind to know that Honda have serviced it, the warranty is golden.
- Riding position
- Amazing style
- Nice dash that you can custom to way you like it
- Always puts a smile on your face
- 50 to 80 miles on the motorway is an ass killer
- Having a 16 litre tank wasn't the best of ideas (lucky to get 140 to a tank, but it is 1,000cc bike)
- Perry G, 2019
How Does It Compare?
Fireblade SP - Ohlins semi active suspension, Brembo brakes, lighter.
Fireblade SP2 - 500 limited edition run, Marchesini wheels, MotoGP cylinder heads, optional race kit.