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New 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade

Next years fireblade has finally been launched and just like the spy shots reveal, it's got some the slight Panigale look about it, 

In short, it's got some great innvovative features on it, notibly for me the SP2 have magnesium parts, the first production titanium tank and the dash taken from the RCV213-S. They state it's 90% new but I think that this is misleading. They may well be new parts but based on old proven design. The swingarm and frame are cosmetically the same as the old bike and share come items such as yokes, rearseats, stand and many other smaller parts. Just looking at the spy shots show the 08-15 parts fitted on the bike. It's all great news for me if I fancy an engine transplant as it will mean I can gain all the gucci electronics. 

For me though, Imitation is a complement, after I have the Marchesini wheels, lithium battery and alloy tank (Lighter than Titanium) pushing the weight of my bike below the weight of the new bike. The new Titanium exhaust is a great touch but who honestly will live that monster exhaust on the side
of the engine? 

The SP2 engine sounds great despite sharing the same 189 bhp as the SP. Honda have kept the basic piston sizes which could allow them to be used in the old engine with HRC or uprated cams. I am also encouraged by the new radiator. Its smaller and 100 grams lighter. This may fit the old blade with some hose changes,

For me, I am not quite sold on the look of the bike, but then again I was not sure about the 08 snub nose that we all have become used to. On a positive note, It doesn't look awful like s1000rr or the R1.


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