Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP Review
✓Power, handling, suspension, comfort, dash, quickshifter
×Wind protection, mirrors, range, seat
What Is It?
The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP is a dedicated premium sports bike which builds on the base Fireblade with better suspension, brakes, weight saving measures and a quickshifter.
Engine: 999 cc Inline Four, 189 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg
Range: 160 miles
Seat Height: 820 mm
What Is It Like?
Choosing The SP
I went for the 2017 Fireblade SP ... and I love my it! I test rode a few other brands and found the SP to be light and comfortable while still performing as well as the others plus I thought I would get a lot more use from another Fireblade than any of the other options. I was so right in my decision, I am very much at home on it and able to go the distance.
The SP is a single rider bike and weight reduction has been achieved by not having the frame structure for a pillion passenger.
The SP has a few extras which the standard Blade doesn't have, I have to mention first the quickshifter with down shift assist. This is such a positive gear change which skips up and down with very little force at all. No bike without it will compete.
It also benefits from Ohlins electronic suspension with three pre-set functions and two user modes. This is also the case with the power, torque and also the amount of engine braking that can all be adjusted with the flick of a switch.
The bike can be set up easily for a very novice rider or ridden hard on the track with a very quick set up.
On top of this the SP comes with Brembo front brakes for extra stopping power and believe me...they work a treat! The bike is not the most powerful on the market however with its power to weight ratio it is a major contender, with the tank, belly pan and exhaust all Titanium as standard.
Many I know have changed their exhaust but I have opted to retain the standard exhaust what with it all being Titanium. It is very quiet on idle but ease that electronic throttle back and it changes from a purring kitten to a wild animal that is far from silent.
It's extremely modern, switches between day and night mode itself and has all the information you require including lap timers. This bike turns heads everywhere I go, all the lighting is LED and it's fitted with a tracker as standard from any Honda dealership.
On mine I have fitted a tail tidy, R&G non-drilling crash bungs which come with an R&G infill panel for fitting and I did install heated grips....going back to the need for comfort again on that one.
To Sum Up
I'm sure I could go on all day about this bike, it looks amazing, rides unbelievably well and handles every corner it's thrown into. This was worth waiting for and I one hundred percent rate the Fireblade SP.
- Steve J, 2019
Fireblade - Base model without the fancy suspension, improved brakes or quickshifter.
Fireblade SP2 - 500 limited edition run, Marchesini wheels, MotoGP cylinder heads and optional race kit.