For some riders the top of the line isn’t enough, and Honda wants to give these folks what they deserve. So, this week for EICMA, Honda has just announced the 2014 CBR1000RR SP. What does the SP stand for? Suitably pimped? Super Powers? Specially Produced? Regardless, Honda will be releasing a limited number of CBR1000RRs that have been given this exclusive once over by Honda’s engineers.
Leading off the list of improvements is a “proven, competition-quality” Öhlins suspension. The 43mm fully adjustable inverted front fork mounts to a redesigned triple clamp. The front suspension is complemented by an Öhlins TTX shock. These aren’t off-the-rack Öhlins units, either. They’ve been massaged and valved to Honda’s specifications
The big CBR’s engine receives “hand selected” pistons and connecting rods for complementary weight and balance. As with the standard model 2014 CBR1000RR, the engine’s ability to breathe is improved by a new cylinder head, intake and exhaust tracts, resulting in increased power and torque.
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Countering the engine’s ability to generate speed, front stopping power is upgraded via radial mount Brembo four piston calipers clamping 320mm floating rotors. (Note: The US will not be receiving the ABS version of the SP. The bike in the photos is a European ABS model but is very similar the the US model.) The wheel/pavement interface gets increased traction from a set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires.
The CBR1000RR’s CG is improved with the utilization of a lightweight aluminum subframe. When maximum performance is the goal, passenger accommodations are a hindrance. Consequently, the solo saddle sports a seat cowl that adds to the track-ready cred while further lightening the back of the bike.
Finally, what would an exclusively constructed motorcycle like this be without an equally exclusive color scheme? Honda didn’t disappoint by gracing the SP with a distinctive tricolor design. All this comes wrapped in a one year, transferable, unlimited mileage warranty. If that’s not enough, it can be expanded through the Honda Protection Plan.
Only two questions remain: when and how much? Dealers will begin taking orders this week. All Honda will say about the price is “around $17,000.” We’ll let you know in more detail as the information trickles out.