2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R and CBR1000RR-R SP First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Honda celebrates 30 years of the Fireblade

The Honda Fireblade celebrates its 30th anniversary of production with an updated model for 2022, and a limited edition livery for the CBR1000RR-R SP.

The 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R and CBR1000RR-R SP receive engine updates with the goal of improving mid-corner acceleration and drive. The airbox was updated for smoother airflow into new slash-cut intake funnels. The inner diameter of the intake ports were also narrowed for faster airflow velocity, improving efficiency. The 4-2-1 exhaust system was also tweaked, with redesigned “2” section with a new catalyzer and optimized exhaust flow.

A new 43-tooth rear sprocket replaces the previous 40-tooth sprocket. Honda also lightened the throttle-by-wire return spring load for a more linear response.

The 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP in 30th anniversary livery.

The Honda Selectable Torque Control software was updated, adjusting the intervention timing and slip rate with the goal of providing smoother grip management.

Otherwise, the CBR1000RR-R and CBR1000RR-R SP remain similar to the 2021 model. The SP uses a Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C) 43mm NPX fork and TTX36 rear shock while the regular Fireblade makes do with a Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork and Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite rear shock. The SP also gets a higher-end front brake, with Brembo Stylema calipers versus the CBR1000RR-R’s Nissin calipers.

Photo by Ryan Adams

U.S. pricing and availability remain to be announced.


2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R

2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4, four valves per cylinder
Engine Displacement (cm³)1000cc
Bore ´ Stroke (mm)81mm x 48.5mm
Compression Ratio13.4:1
Max. Power Output215 hp at 14,500rpm (claimed)
Max. Torque82.6 lb-ft. at 12,500rpm (claimed)
Oil Capacity4.0L
Fuel Tank Capacity16.1L
C02 Emissions WMTC153 g/km
Fuel Consumption15.2km/L (6.6L/100km)
Battery Capacity12-2Ah HY85S (Li-ion)
Clutch TypeWet, multiplate hydraulic clutch
Transmission TypeManual 6-speed
Final DriveChain
TypeAluminum Twin Tube composite twin spar
Length82.6 inches
Width29.3 inches
Height44.9 inches
Wheelbase57.5 inches
Caster Angle24o
Trail4.0 inches
Seat Height32.7 inches
Ground Clearance4.5 inches
Curb Weight443 pounds (claimed)
Front SuspensionSHOWA BPF 43mm telescopic fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm strokeÖhlins NPX S-EC 43mm telescopic fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 125mm stroke.
Rear SuspensioSHOWA BFRC-Lite Pro-Link swingarm with 10-step preload, stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 137mm stroke.Öhlins TTX36 S-EC Pro-Link swingarm with preload, compression and rebound damping, 143mm stroke.
Rim Size Front17 inch x 3.5
Rim Size Rear17 inch x 6.0
Front TirePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP or Bridgestone Battlax RS11; 120/70-ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear TirePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP or Bridgestone Battlax RS11; 200/55-ZR17 M/C (78W)
ABS System Type2 Channel
Front Brake330mm disc with radial-mount 4-piston Nissin caliper330mm disc with radial-mount 4-piston Brembo Stylema caliper
Rear Brake220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper
Security SystemHonda Smart Key
Auto Winker CancelYes

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

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  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Nov 24, 2021

    This is one potent track weapon that could benefit from a change in rider ergonomics to work better on the street. Like most super/hyper sportbikes these days the rider gets stuck on top like a cherry on a sundae. That might be great for clambering all over it on the track, but being stuck a bit more into the bike would make for a more comfortable, more secure perch on bumpy real roads and the almost inevitable stints on freeways, and help with low speed balance (during u-turns in gas station lots, for ex). I am pretty sure the early Fireblades tucked their riders in a bit more. You could always add a taller 'race' seat for the track to get your inner Rossi on.

    • David K David K on Nov 24, 2021

      It can be once you do flash tuning, otherwise they fall at the bottom of the liter pack.

  • David K David K on Nov 24, 2021

    These bikes respond well to aftermarket flashing and hop up parts but why not offer them like that to big with? Stock, there is nothing special about Honda liter bikes.