2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R and CBR1000RR-R SP

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.


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