By Troy Siahaan
Once in a blue moon, Honda likes to flex its muscle and remind everyone that it’s Honda, and when its team of engineers and designers want to, they can produce cool motorcycles capable of completely blowing your socks off. Bikes like the RC35, RC45, RC51 (arguably), the oval-piston NR750, and who can forget the road going MotoGP bike, the RC213V-S? And though we haven’t ridden it yet, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP promises to carry on that tradition, at which point those same designers and engineers can go back to their usual business of coming up with things like the DN-01 and NM4.
The bike you see here is not the Triple R. It’s a 2019 CBR1000RR. That’s double R. We’re still dreaming of riding the Triple R, actually, and while the world is doing its best to ride out this Coronavirus wave, we recently got our hands on this tasty example of a CBR-RR and put some miles on it before ducking this zombie apocalypse ourselves. Here, then, are 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR.
The pics here are of the 2017 CBR1000RR, but it’s the same as the 2020. Even the graphics are nearly the same.
Lost in the attention being given to the new RR-R SP is the fact the Double R will continue on in 2020’s American market as a $16,499 base model alternative to the $28,500 Triple R. For the price, you still get one hell of a good looking motorcycle, complete with a 998cc Four-banger, electronics package, and analog Showa suspension. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but it’s not a bad starting point. Unless you have to have the Triple R, this isn’t a bad alternative.
The CBR chassis is surprisingly nimble and …read more