I like the new CBR1000RR SP. I thought I would say this before I continue in case people think I am trying to be negative about it.
Its great to see some significant changes to a bike thats 6 years old rather than the usual cosmetic changes. Its great to see Honda using the 'SP' model like Ducati offering a more sporty model and embrace the likes of Ohlins and Brembo but still think that somethings missing.
As my blog shows, I use titanium and alloy to reduce weight and its great to see things like lightened subframes to reduce weight. This was a good move. After all, not all of us want to carry passengers or luggage. Its also welcoming to see changes to the bars and pegs, which will allow all to gain a more sporty riding position whilst maintaining a stock look and not needing a second mortgage for parts.
The engine changes are also inspiring. It shows in WSB that the bike that appeared outdated can now win
races 6 years after its launch. With the TT coming up, I hope that McPint can continue his success using the same engine.
Having trawled the forums, owners love the bike, I don't mean the reviewers, but people that have spent their hard earned cash. Many have upgraded from the older blade and immediately feel the benefits. A common complaint though is the lack of quickshifter.
This leads me nicely to my point. Honda have made a big deal about making a 'pure' bike with little in electronic aids department. If this is the case, why produce an ABS version of the bike? Why not sell one with a quickshifter, ABS and TC and offering an alternative 'pure' non aided version. Whilst Honda have made efforts to allow easy road to track conversion such as removal of number plates they could have been a bit smarter. For example, the SP should have had a modified HRC Racing loom ready for a real HRC ECU.
Whilst it would be nice to see an SP2 which encompasses ideas I have mentioned, I fully expect to see a completely new blade for 2015/16 which will no doubt will coincide with the fabled road going RCV1000. If the SP is Honda's new development strategy the all new blade will be even more special.