Honda’s CBR1000RR/Fireblade has stood patiently by the wayside all these years while its contemporaries in the fiercely competitive liter-class sportbike category have bulked themselves up, delivering levels of performance and technology not seen anywhere but the MotoGP and World Superbike paddocks.

Finally, however, Honda has answered the call. Or at least we think it has, with these spy photos of what looks to be the 2017 Honda CBR100RR. Freshly styled bodywork is the most obvious difference between old and new, but we have to imagine what lies underneath those clothes has been thoroughly updated as well. You can click the link to read all about what we think the new Fireblade will be packing. Here we just want to ask you one simple question.

  • DickRuble

    There’s not enough information to answer any of the questions.

    • john phyyt

      Even the one about V4 ?

      • DickRuble

        A bad V4 is not necessarily better than a good I4. Absent more information, there’s nothing to say.

        • Mahatma

          I would be surprised if Honda made a bad V4…

          • DickRuble

            They made a few that didn’t sell well in recent years.. and beating Aprilia’s rsv4 is a tall order on the first try.

          • Mahatma

            If you bump the displacement on the RC45 and give it the goods,it would eat the rsv4 any meal of the day.Don’t believe me?google ‘rc45 rsv4’.

          • DickRuble

            Yeah.. but it takes a couple of years to make the chassis and engine work together. First iteration rarely nails it. But hey, if they bring this out for $16K I’ll sign up.

            http://blog.motorcycle.com.vsassets.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/061115-2016-honda-56128_RCV213-S-f-633×388.jpg

            However, the 1000RR doesn’t look even close to this.

          • Mahatma

            lol.You got a point.Who says quality don’t cost?

    • spiff

      “Other”: This bike is an extremely focused machine that can only be utilized on the track by a damn good rider. Ridden at “the pace” on the street it will be a boring uncomfortable ride. I am very pleased with the options available to us today. Superduke, Tuono, FZ09 (and its variants), FZ07 etc. At any displacement level I would rather ride a “sporty” road bike. My old FZR1000 was a road bike, and a blast. Now a days they are refining the concept, taking the fairings off and calling them “nakeds”. I love to watch racing, but I’ll ride a road bike.

      • spiff

        Sorry for the rant. It’s all true, I just need to keep my mouth shut.

        • Old MOron

          Ha ha, keep your mouth shut and the throttle open.
          Rock on, Spiff!

          • spiff

            Thanks OldMO. Nice to know even if I rant i have your support…well kind of.

    • Old MOron

      Not enough info to answer ANY of the questions?
      How about the “saving judgement” responses?
      Those seem tailor made for you.

      • DickRuble

        I am not the kind to save judgment.

        • Old MOron

          Truer words were never put to electrons :-)

  • john phyyt

    Remember when Honda had Oval pistons. 8 valve per cylinder, gear driven cams . Why not give us a dual clutch – seamless tranny. hybrid. something startling. You know innovate ! Make Honda king again. Yamaha is eating your lunch and you don’t care

    • Steve Cole

      Yamaha? It’s Aprilia that has had a V4 superbike now for 7 years. Honda’s V4s are in a scooter and a touring bike. Also, a v-twin… does Honda have a v-twin anymore?

  • Crazed Old Man

    It is a Honda! Of course it is near perfect!

  • Gregg MayhemMehlberger

    Honda can die in a fire!!!I had a 2009 CBR 1000rr and sprung fir the extended warranty also through Honda.. 2 years and 8000 miles in the left side fairing came off and folded over onto my leg at 70+ mph called Honda and the said it would not cover it EVEN though it was a crappy design and had only ONE bolt holding the entire piece on and a bunch of tiny plastic tabs that broke off from wind and vibration… Then shortly after the motor would use 2 quarts of oil and kick the oil light on every 400 miles.. I dropped the bike off at the dealership the day before thanksgiving and it sat on the dyno ALL winter long and they had several Honda reps. come in to see it blow smoke all over the shop. Also found SEVERAL articles about bad rings in a batch of those motors for my bike. Got a call FINALLY in February from Honda that there was NOTHING wrong with my bike and that the oil usage was normal for a “high revving liter bike” . I argued with the rep.on the phone and was told, “This case is closed and the decision is final”… I went back to the dealership and traded it in on a new Yamaha R1…… I also told Honda I have a BIG mouth and would tell anyone willing to listen how shitty they are to there customers when they have an issue!!!

    • DickRuble

      The name and address of the dealership, please. Go and post it on Ripoff Report.

    • Max Wellian

      I’ve had several Japanese warranty issues and it’s usually a fight to get them to cover anything. I was pleasantly surprised that Kawasaki has been great to work with recently. The European mfgs seem to bend over backwards. Anyone remember BMW buying back RTs? One of my Ducs had one issue fixed for free a year and several thousand miles out of warranty.
      Guess Honda figures they got their Wingers by the short hairs and don’t sell enough of anything else to be bothered.

    • Jay F

      Sorry but the question was what do you think of the New (2017) Honda’s. It sounded like you got a lemon, as Honda’s are pretty bulletproof. I understand your frustrations but the write up was from a model nearly 8 years ago.

      I had an ’03 CBR 954 and not a day goes by that I don’t regret selling it. Such is life I guess.

    • sgray44444

      Thanks for letting us know. Unfortunately, sometimes the only recourse we have in a case like yours is the court of public opinion. Some people will never believe it until it happens to them.

  • mavricxx

    I’m just excited Honda is FINALLY making a whole redesign. Personally I don’t care if this bike makes less hp than the other supersports. All I care about is that they refine it, make it look sexy, reliable and add all the gadgetry of BMW and the likes including Cruise Control and heated grips.

  • Jordan Marcelo

    While everyone will be clamoring to get this bike in 2017, I will quietly snap up one of the left over 2015’s or 2016’s on the dealer showrooms for steal. I prefer a long proven design over a brand new model on its first two years! I know about the Yamaha R1 transmission issues and the 2008/09 CBR1000RR piston slap issues. LOL!