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Honda’s 2017 CBR1000RR To Be Unveiled At EICMA!

We’ve already seen Honda’s mighty and offerings, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait until Monday November 7th 2016 for a glimpse at the long awaited base model. It is coming, but what upgrades it arrives with, and what price tag it boasts is still up for debate. Currently, the Honda CBR1000RR SP will leave you with a $20,000 sized dent in your bank balance. The hefty price tag is worth the money though, if high-performance and racing specification are important to you. For the average rider,If you’re the average rider, however, it’s a little overpriced. Thankfully, a base model is just around the corner…

What differences will there be between the SP duo and the regular CBR? If you were looking at the SP models and marveling at their top of the range accessories and extras, expect them to be the first things that the 2017 stock CBR are going to shed. Ohlins semi-active suspension? You can guarantee that they won’t make the base model. Titanium exhaust? Highly unlikely. Titanium fuel tank? Definitely not. But don’t let that put you off. The 2017 CBR1000RR may not come with the top end bells and whistles, but it’s almost certain that Honda will treat it with their sophisticated electronics package.

The base model CBR should come equipped with the 5-axis IMU, traction control, rear lift control, and ABS – but whether the ABS system will accommodate cornering ABS remains to be see. Either way, the old school Honda ABS unit will be ditched in favor of the lighter Bosch model, saving some significant weight. Naturally, the CBR will also come with variable rider modes and the like, too.

There probably won’t be much difference between the engines either. Despite everything, Honda’s inline four power plant still falls short of the 200hp marker but still boasts a respectable 190 horses. In the SP and SP2 models, Honda have compensated this short fall with electronic riding aids. The base model won’t be getting the same aids, and to be honest, the 10 hp deficit won’t really affect the average rider. This is speculation though, the engine figures might be different, but we doubt it.

But how does this affect the price? The CBR usually undercuts its competitors in price, but with these updates, whether it can stay at the $14k margin is up for debate. The Kawasaki ZX-10R with ABS has been given the MSRP of $16k, and the Yamaha R1 sits around the $16,500 marker. The hasn’t been priced up yet, but it probably should tickle the $16k margin, there and abouts. Honda probably can’t afford to undercut the opposition too much because of its sophisticated electronics, but it’s a whole 10 hp behind the opposition. Early estimates are giving it a $15k price tag, and that would seem fair.

I suppose it all depends on how much you want to pay for extra horses. Either way, we’ll have to wait until Monday, November 7th 2016 and the EICMA show for the real answers to these questions…

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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