Base Model 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Isn’t Drastically Low On Tech Than The SP Variants


Base Model 2017 Honda CBR1000RR continues to be an equally appealing package as the impressive top of the line SP and SP 2 variants

When Honda showcased the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP and SP2 at 2016 INTERMOT we all asked the same question, where is the base model of the bike? Today Honda answered the question by revealing the base model of the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR at the ongoing 2016 EICMA. And as it should have been, the base model arrives with lower-spec suspension and braking components compared to the SP variants. However, it is nice to see that the bike retains everything else, engine, chassis, and electronic upgrades that we have already seen.

This means that the base model also gets the new magnesium casings, titanium fuel tank, five-spoke wheels, and similar modifications to the internals of the engine. This show in the spec sheet with the base model 2017 Honda CBR1000RR making 190bhp of maximum power while weighing 210kg’s curb.

The base model 2017 Honda CBR1000RR uses Showa 43mm large-volume BPF forks for front while the Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock does duty at the back. The braking is taken care by four-piston Tokico calipers up front. Interestingly, the base model Firbalde for 2017 will have the same five-axis IMU from the SP variants. This helps in governing the traction control system which Honda calls HSTC or Honda Selectable Torque Control. The IMU also takes care of the radially mounted brakes.

This system is matched to the bikes ride-by-wire tech for throttle and injection mapping. The combined system enables the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR manage front and rear tyre grip under acceleration and braking. Then there is the optional choice of the cornering ABS as well.

Should you choose the cornering ABS on your 2017 Honda CBR1000RR, it would add an extra 1.4kg to the bikes curb weight. It would also come with a price increase as well, though we reckon you should take advantage of the benefits that cornering ABS brings. The base model also gets the Quickshifter capable for up and downshifts, though as an aftermarket addition. Honda has not shared pricing for the bike yet.

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