5. 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Review


For the midpoint in our Top 10 Motorcycle.com Road Tests listing, Duke regales us with his ride of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR at the worl- famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Featuring technologies like a slipper clutch, the throttle input smoothing Idle Air Control Valve, and Ignition Interrupt Control, the CBR1000RR compared favorably with the previous year’s model. The description of a typical lap through Laguna’s turns 10 and 11 offer insight into the practical effect of Honda’s changes.

After the last lap was turned, Duke declared the “2008 CBR1000RR is the best liter-sized Honda ever.” Of course, time and technology have marched on, but the big CBR still rates well in our eyes.

Read the full review: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Review

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?