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The new CBR1000RR, not so much out with the old.

It has been interesting reading the press releases for the new 2017 Honda CBR1000RR.

As usual, many compare the bike to Kawasaki, Aprilia, BMW, R1 and Ducati. Yes its not 200 bhp and yes it does not compete with these. Its clear that this exercise has been refinement rather than a
bang on competitor to the others.

As you go other the Fireblade, SP and SP2 you begin to realise that despite the '90% new parts' is a little misleading, Yes they are new parts but some based largely on the originals. I suspect that replacing some fairing stays, rad hose,  headlight, air ducts and clock bracket and the new fairings would fit. Even the engine still shares features from the old blade engine but with more HP.

The new bikes use the same top yokes, stand, rearsets and so on. The standard CBR1000RR SC77 has all the same components as the old bike bolted on the updated lightened frame,swingarm, engine and electronics.

The talk about reducing the size of the bike. Its worth mentioning that the measurements all relate to parts made out of plastic. It therefore is straight forward to tweak the fairing design to give a minimal shape.

For me, its nice to see a link to the RC213V-S like the clocks. A bold move and bound to be well recieved on the street.

What this does mean is, the TT, BSB and SBK team can transfer many components over to the new bike. I await to hear about the HRC parts bin but suspect the bike difference in the catalogue will focus on engine tweaks.


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