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Monday’s Motorcycle

Honda CBR1000RR

I think I’m going to post a Motorcycle every Monday… Just for my own amusement.  A bike that I would love to have or have had or maybe do have?  I don’t know yet, but to kick it off… My bike choice of the moment is this.

Honda’s CBR1000RR.  The Liter Class Leader.

Model CBR1000RR / CBR1000RR C-ABS
Engine Type 999cc Liquid-Cooled Inline Four-Cylinder
Bore And Stroke: 76mm X 55.1mm
Compression Ratio 12.3:1
Valve Train DOHC; Four Valves Per Cylinder
Induction Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
Ignition Computer-Controlled Digital Transistorized With 3-D Mapping
Transmission Close-Ratio Six-Speed
Final Drive #530 O-Ring-Sealed Chain
Suspension Front: 43mm Inverted Big Piston Fork With Spring Preload, Rebound And Compression Damping Adjustability Rear: Unit Pro-Link Balance-Free Rear Shock With Spring Preload, Rebound And Compression Damping Adjustability
Brakes Front: Dual Radial-Mounted Four-Piston Calipers With Full-Floating 320mm Discs Rear: Single 220mm Disc; Optional Honda Electronic Combined ABS (CBR1000RR C-ABS)
Tires Front: 120/70ZR-17 Radial Rear: 190/50ZR-17 Radial
Wheelbase 55.5 Inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 23° 3’
Trail 96.0mm (3.8 Inches)
Seat Height 32.3 Inches
Fuel Capacity 4.7 Gallons, Including 1.06-Gallon Reserve
Estimated Fuel Economy TBD
Colors CBR1000RR: Red, Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red CBR1000RR C-ABS: Red
Curb Weight* 441 Pounds (CBR1000RR) / 467 Pounds (CBR1000RR C-ABS)


  1. m's Gravatar m

    It wone the SBK Superbike race in Derby England last weekend. The last few laps were the most exciting ever. On the last turn the bikes were three wide. The Honda’s rear tire slipped. It hit the lead BMW, and sent that bike into his teammate. That took the two lead bikes out of the race.

    • 05/22/2012    

      When will that be on YouTube? Gotta see that!

      • M's Gravatar M

        I couldn’t find it in english in full length (didn’t look too hard though)

        Great racing if you watch starting 24:00, the to see the last turn start at 30:00 crash is at 31:01.

        • 05/22/2012    

          WOW. “BMW… You are Dismissed.” BAM!

  2. Ronin's Gravatar Ronin

    Give this a thought…how about readers rides? I just picked up a 1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport. I am seriously considering giving it the cafe treatment. It begs for it.

    • 05/22/2012    

      Bike like that… deserves to be Cafe.

  3. M's Gravatar M

    Honda Fanboy writes this blog. ;-)

    • 05/22/2012    

      Also a fan of… in no order…
      Moto Guzzi.
      MV Agusta.
      And Victory.

      And Honda.

      • M's Gravatar M

        And just happens to have a past of many Hondas. Lets see: Superhawk, Magna, VFR….. What models am I forgetting?

        I kid, I kid.

        I am a fan of whichever makes the bike with the features and performance that I am looking for, within the price range that I am looking at. As long as it is not a Harley. Sorry, I just cannot stand them.

        • 05/22/2012    

          Saber, Interceptor, and a First Gen Magna.
          I’m not really Anti-Harley. They have a couple bike I wouldn’t mind having. My problem with Harley is the guys that behave as if Harley is the only Motorcycle worth riding. Seriously, it’s that attitude which will insure that I never buy one. I don’t see that attitude changing any time soon.
          Which is a shame. I quite like that Harley Standard they try to brand as a Sport Bike. As a Standard, It’s pretty cool. Pretty Average, but still pretty cool. Compare that to a Honda Standard – The CB1000R. Yeah…. You can see why I’m a fan of Honda.

        • tim ferrell's Gravatar tim ferrell

          M – I have not drunk the Harley Koolaid, believe me, but why can’t you stand them?

          • 05/23/2012    

            The superiority complex with no justification. I think Victory makes a much better bike. HD bikes are certainly louder, but lack the performance to match it.

          • M's Gravatar M

            I am a function before form person. Looks are a nice afterthought for me. Harleys are the opposite. It is all a about looks (which don’t do anything for me anyway).

            When I was buying my Kawi, I looked at a Harley. My bike is a starter bike. I had a budget of $7200 for the bike “out the door”. My Kawi was just that ( I was looking at the Suk SV as well). I could have had a 36hp, 51#feet of torque 550# Harley 883. It has poorer brakes, no wind protection and much poorer handling than my Kawi. I tried to like the Harley because everyone that I knew that had a bike; had a Harley. American Made and all of that.

            My Kawi ( )is 103hp, 53#feet of torque and 430#s. And it has wind protection. I bought the bike for a commuting tool. This (with it’s wind protection) was a much better choice. The ONLY problem that I have had with it is that the front plastics broke. I added a Laminar lip for even better wind protection. On a closed course I reached 147(gps) MPH and the fairing broke. That is why the goofy Vetter is on the front. It also keeps me going a little slower (wind resistance).

            That is my story in a nutshell. The ONLY thing that a Harley has that looks appealing is the belt drive. A comfortable seat would have been nice too.

          • 05/23/2012    

            I think I’d be stripping teeth off the belts… That and belts can’t handle much over 100 horses anyways.
            36 Horses?
            Thats funny. Is that a Lawn Mower engine?

  4. tim ferrell's Gravatar tim ferrell

    Ogre-San: out here we joke about the “harley face” that some of their riders put on as they pose. But that is a subset, not the whole story..

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