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Meta Review: Honda CBR1000RR 2017 Fireblade



Some of the fastest riders on the planet – and some motorcycling journalists – are in Portimao, Portugal.

It’s the world’s first test of the much anticipated Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, people have been waiting for this bike for years and we’re following their social feeds all weekend so you don’t have to.

Saturday 21st January:


Here are MCN’s thoughts on the Fireblade SP, Adam Child – who’s riding for them – seems intrigued by the new ‘on-the-fly’ settings that are introduced with this model,

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SP flyby!


More first impressions, this time from Adam Child from the British newspaper MCN,

“It feels like a Blade, but a smaller Blade. It’s not intimidating at all, the last bike I rode here was a Panigale and I’ve done a BMW here too and they were really ‘woaaaah’, but this is quite easy and manageable, so far anyway!”

“It’s a lot smaller than the old one, both in how it feels and the actual dimensions. You could get really tucked in on the old one whereas this one feels more like the size of a 600. Good throttle delivery, good power – the delivery is really linear.”

“We’re on standard suspension and standard tyres so it’s going to be great for punters out of the crate, but now we’re upping the pace we’re getting to the limits of the stock suspension and stock tyres, so it’ll be interesting to see how we get on with the slicks and electronic suspension with the SP later on. “

So far so good from the two publications we’ve seen so far.

We have to be honest, with all this talk of the bike feeling compact and ‘600cc like’ we’re starting to feel a little excited.

The first impression reviews are starting to come in and it’s all sounding positive. Here are the thoughts of the man from Bike insurer and website, Bennetts,

“As soon as you sling your leg over the bike the first thing you notice is that it feels more compact, the bars are closer and the bikes dimensions are certainly more 600-like.”

“The power delivery is Honda smooth and predictable with a good mid range and higher rev peak. The power increase makes the bike feel closer to race performance – even though I’ve only ridden the base model so far.”

“As I left pit lane I was surprised at just how quick the bikes drops on its side in and out of turns.”

It’s no surprise of course that Honda have revised and improved on the previous model, but as with all these tests, it’s wonderfully reassuring to know that everything seems to be correct and there aren’t any glaring or out-of-place changes.

You can read more of his first thoughts over on their website.


Here’s what BSB racer Jason Ohalloran thinks of the Fireblade after his first session…


Adam Child offers a few extra details on the machine and the plans for the weekend.

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Anyone like the sound of this?

Here! Have some photos of people stood near bikes.


Last night (Friday) was the press briefing for the new Honda CBR1000RR (which we’ll from here on out just call the ‘Fireblade’ because numbers confuse us).

As usual the riders and writers were shown the bike up close, discussed details and specifications and had chance for a few comments/photos (mainly photos).
If you’re going to launch a race bike, this is the team you’d probably choose! Nice work Honda UK!

Here’s MCN’s Adam Child sat on the bike.

And here’s some actual information – in the form of photographs – from the launch.

If you squint a bit you can see that the new Fireblade has 3 automatic and 3 manual damping modes (Track, Winding and Street), with adjustable fine-tuning surrounding firmness, Nose Dive, Turning and Pitching characteristics.

There are also 5 riding modes, 3 fixed combinations and 2 that are user/rider definable.

Basically, there are a LOT of options – as you would expect on a machine of this calibre.

And here’s another generic, bike photo:



Honda CBR1000RR Specifications


Bore × Stroke (mm) 76 x 55
Carburation PGM-DSFI
Engine Displacement (cc) 999cc
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Max. Power Output 141kW/13,000rpm
Max. Torque 114Nm/11,000rpm
Oil Capacity (Litres) 3.4
Starter Electric



Suspension Front Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke
Suspension Rear Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 138.2mm stroke. Rear Balance Free Rear Cushion with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 62mm stroke.
Tyres Front 120/70ZR17 58W
Tyre Size Rear 190/50ZR17 73W
Wheels Front 17 inch
Wheels Rear 17 inch


Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V-7AH(Li-ion)
Caster Angle 23°20’
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,065mm x 720mm x 1125mm
Frame type Diamond; aluminium composite twin spar
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 16L
Ground Clearance (mm) 130mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 196kg
Seat Height (mm) 832mm
Trail (mm) 96mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1405mm



Clutch Wet, multiplate with diaphragm spring with assist slipper
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox 6-speed


Instruments and Electrics

Headlights LED

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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