EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Sharpening the Scalpel

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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.

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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 Unit Pro-Link Öhlins shock is tuned and valved to Honda’s specifications.

The  Öhlins TTX shock is tuned 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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Both the standard model CBR1000RR and the SP benefit from a new bubble windscreen that enlarges the envelope of still air for the rider to tuck in to.

Both the standard model CBR1000RR and the SP benefit from a new bubble windscreen that enlarges the envelope of still air for the rider to tuck in to.

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.

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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.

Strip off the license plate and the mirrors, and you’ve got some serious track machinery.

Strip off the license plate and the mirrors, and you’ve got some serious track machinery.

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.

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  • James

    Are our roads better or just the drivers that we don’t warrant ABS here in the US? No ABS, no deal.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    For $17 grand, I’ll take an Aprila.

  • Nick

    @ James ABS adds un-needed weight for a track oriented bike. NO street rider could ever use what this SP is offering to its full potential. Most racers I know end up taking off all of the ABS crap because it gives you next to no advantage in 90% of the track riding conditions they encounter. Therefore, dont waste your money on an SP unless you do track days or race.

    If you really need that kind of bling to ride to starbucks and back, you’re doing something wrong.

  • Jacel Jara

    I have never felt I needed ABS on my R6. Frankly i wouldn’t pay the premium for it either.

  • Richard Miller

    I could trick out my cbr with Ohlins and Brembo. the big news here is the new head and intake exhaust changes. come on Honda make this puppy run with the big boys.

  • Richard Miller

    @ Mike Smith . This is a track bike. which means you have to account for laying it down and getting cheap replacement or upgrade parts. then your Aprilia becomes a nightmare. I know. it’s the only reason I haven’t gotten the Aprilia myself, but and there’s no point getting it if you don’t get the factory version. just my opinion.