Honda today unveiled the 2012 model year the CBR1000RR Fireblade, very important issue of the famous superbike Wing of the House because it celebrates the twenty years since the launch of the CBR900RR, the first historical model introduced in 1992. The first images of the new CBR1000RR had arrived in late August, ahead of its launch.
Presentation at Imola for the Italian Grand Prix Superbike and the 24 Hours of Le Mans The new Fireblade has been unveiled for the first time the European public simultaneously in two contexts racing world: the eleventh round of WorldSBK Championship in Imola, in Italy, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France, appointment of key ‘ Endurance World Championship. To unveil the new Honda superbike racing fans of Jonathan Rea has been an official driver of the Castrol Honda Team in WorldSBK and John McGuinness, Honda TT LeMans forces Legends Team.
20 years of CBR
The CBR1000RR 2012 model year is inspired by the traditional concept of “total control” for 20 years has characterized the previous versions, from the start of the revolutionary original model, the forerunner CBR900RR, presented at the EICMA show in 1991. Since then, there have been a number of changes each characterized by high-level best but always able to confirm a perfect balance between power and control.
The technical team that developed the 2012 CBR1000RR have concentrated their efforts on the chassis, with the goal of making even more exhilarating driving pleasure of the Fireblade. Among the most important innovations are mainly the new wheels and new suspension, which brought huge advantages in terms of handling, traction and braking. The advanced rear suspension with shock of the type ‘Free Balance Rear Cushion’ is a world first on a motorcycle built in series.
The team also selected a new styling and a new instrumentation with additional features that make the bike easier to use. Hirofumi Fukunaga, project manager of the 2012 CBR1000RR, describes it thus: “Ѐ a bike that allows all of the super sports enthusiasts, including the more experienced, to experience the joy of owning a CBR1000RR, with the feeling of sporty driving fun and with an unprecedented driving pleasure than ever before, the switchbacks of the mountain to the racetrack. ”
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2012, overview of changes
For the 2012 model it was decided to create a styling that would express the whole sense of speed and the dynamic potential of the CBR1000RR. It has been completely renovated with renewed appearance of the fairing and the new headlight, the bottom layers to optimize the aerodynamics and the tail section and the most aggressive and dynamic, with a strong call to Superbike in 2012 where he has announced one of the protagonists. The new CBR1000RR has a hull layers offering a clear improvement in aerodynamics.
It creates a large area without turbulence around the rider, improving comfort and better channeling air to the cooling system. Well structured surfaces also make the bike look more aggressive. Front spoiler integrated into the bottom of the fairing, in turn, reduces lift at high speeds for improved handling. The new 12-spoke wheels provide improved rigidity and allow the new suspension to work with maximum efficiency to offer excellent handling.
Also new is the steering damper HESD. Essential on a bike so light, compact and powerful, the steering damper Honda ensures maximum stability at high speed and excellent maneuverability at low speeds. The Fireblade 2012 is available with the advanced C-ABS with electronic control that provides the safety of Honda’s combined braking system, and the tranquility of dell’antibloccaggio wheels.
New shock and fork in the new 2012 Fireblade
The suspension settings have been changed with intelligence in order to ensure the CBR1000RR a damping fluid and a more driving feel better, with more grip and traction. The rear suspension setup takes advantage of linkage with Pro-Link introduces for the first time on a production bike rear shock ‘Balance Free Rear Cushion’. Developed in collaboration with the world’s leading Showa shock that replaces the single-chamber design, a twin-chamber configuration: the damper shaft runs in a cylinder, thanks to which the piston of the shock is not equipped with valves.
The damping force is thus generated by the transfer of oil through a separate component. In the classical structure, the damping force during compression is generated in two different points through the main and secondary valves. Eliminating the secondary valve and concentrating in one place the transfer of oil, it was possible to control more effectively the changes in pressure inside the shock. And there is no longer a small amount of oil in use at high pressures, the response of damping force and damping is improved in the same turn more smoothly, even in the transition from compression to the extension, due to pressure changes very linear.
The rear shock absorber of the type ‘Free Balance Rear Cushion’ therefore provides a higher damping at all stages of the guide, ensuring better absorption of bumps and therefore greater traction, thanks to greater continuity of contact between the rear tire and road surface . This technology has been tested both in the prestigious Suzuka Eight Hour League, which in MFJ All Japan Superbike Championship. Testifies to the effectiveness of this new type of rear shock, its installation on the CBR1000RR Fireblade Superbike championship-winning Japanese 2010, a result that highlights the benefits of this advanced configuration.
The combination of linkage rear suspension with Pro-Link damper Honda and ‘Free Balance Rear Cushion’ does not just improve the efficiency of the damping and therefore the traction, stability and roadholding. To allow easier and faster adjustments, the adjustment devices of the compression and extension have been placed on top of the shock body, on the left. As a result, you can tailor to your taste and driving style and conditions of the trail, the set-up of the rear suspension. As an ideal complement to the rear shock of the new generation, the front suspension mounts now an upside-down fork 43 mm Showa forks with GMP technology.
This type of fork has a unique design that uses a larger volume of oil damping, so as to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated during compression and extension. The result is a more immediate response during the initial run and a more fluid damping, which maximizes the contact of the front tire and the road handling and gives the rider a better feeling with the front and maximum stability under heavy braking.
Engine of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade 2012
Compact and powerful engine to 4 cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled The Fireblade has always used in-line 4-cylinder engines that combine a powerful delivery, low weight and compact size, all elements required to achieve an efficient and maneuverable frame. The engine is designed to reach very high speeds, has a bore of 76 mm and stroke of 55.1 mm – for a total displacement of 999cm3 – treatment with nickel silicon carbide (SiC-Ni) on the cylinder walls to reduce friction and ensure maximum reliability, even under extreme conditions.
The weight of the inner parts of the engine contributes to the overall reduction in vehicle weight and promotes both absolute performance and the agility and maneuverability. The setting of the fuel injection system PGM-DSFI (Programmed Dual Sequential Fuel Injection) has been rescheduled on Firablade 2012 to ensure even more accurate power and power perfectly usable in all conditions. In particular, the setting has been carefully mapping the small openings of the gas, so as to maximize the fluidity of driving on bends, on the slow corners and at the same time during the delicate phases of the trip and out of corners when the conduct is of such sports.
The goal reached by the designers of the 2012 CBR1000RR is an answer always delicate, smooth and progressive. Looking at the opening of the gas and the motor reaction under these conditions, the new CBR1000RR shows an improvement of the gas control up to 25%. Small openings to the injection makes small changes to match power output and torque, while increasing delivery of the progression of the opening of the gas gradually becomes stronger. The result is a more precise engine response to driver input, which may well benefit from a more secure grip, better maneuverability, even on stretches of road or on twisty roads or circuits, and accelerates easily exploitable.
The CBR1000RR features a slipper clutch of the same type present on the RC212V 800cc MotoGP. This unit ensures optimum power transfer, with very smooth gear changes and a comfortable lightweight feel on the lever. In the critical phase of the turn-in – when the driver brakes and downshifting to set the trajectory – the Fireblade’s slipper clutch makes the action more smoothly, effectively reducing the braking torque of the motor on the rear wheel, preventing the latter loses contact with the ground, in order to avoid failure of order and thus improve the lap time.
Colours of the CBR1000RR Fireblade
The new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is available in three new colors: Pearl Sunbeam White, Victory Red and Graphite Black
Technical details of the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade
Engine: 4 stroke, inline 4-cylinder, 16 valves (DOHC), liquid-cooled
Displacement: 999.8 cc
Bore x Stroke: 76 x 55.1 mm
Compression ratio: 12.3: 1
Maximum power: 131 kW (178 hp) at 12.000giri/min (95/1/EC)
Maximum torque: 112 Nm at 8,500 rpm / min (95/1/EC)
Carburetion: (Programmed Dual Sequential Fuel Injection)
Throttle Bore: 46 mm
Air filter: paper, dry-type, panel
Fuel tank capacity: 17.7 liters
Fuel consumption: 5.57 L/100 km (WMTC mode) Electronic Fuel Injection PGM-DSFI
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Ignition: 3.2 ° BTDC (idle) ~ 45 ° BTDC (7.500min-1)
Candle-IMR9E 9HES (NGK); VUH27EC (DENSO)
Battery Capacity: 12V/6AH
Headlights: 12V, 55W x 1 (low) / 55W x 2 (high)
Clutch: Wet, multiplate with diaphragm spring
Clutch Operation: Mechanical, cable-actuated
Gearbox: 6 speed
Dimensions (LxWxH): 2077 mm x 826 mm x 1135 mm
Wheelbase: 1,407 mm
Steering Rake: 23 ° 18 ‘
Trail: 96.3 mmv
Turning radius: 3.2 m
Seat height: 820 mm
Ground clearance: 130 mm
Kerb Weight: 200 kg (A: 52.5%, P: 47.5%) – C-ABS version, 211 kg (A: 51.7%, P: 48.3%)
Upside-down telescopic fork type BPF fork with 43 mm adjustable preload, compression and rebound, 120mm
Shock of the type ‘Free Balance Rear Cushion’ adjustable preload, compression and rebound, 62 mm stroke
Front rim: Die-cast aluminum, 12-spoke, 17 x MT3.50
Rear Wheel: cast aluminum, 12-spoke, 17 x MT6.00
Front Tire: 120/70-ZR17M/C, 250 kPa Rear tire: 190/50ZR17M/C; 290 kPa
Double disc 320 x 4.5 mm with radially mounted calipers with four pistons and sintered metal pads Rear Brake
220 x 5 mm disc with single piston caliper and sintered metal pads