Honda has officially unveiled the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade to commemorate the 20th anniversary of when the CBR900RR was first launched in 1991. Honda simultaneously unveiled two samples of this new vehicle at two world class racing events.
One was shown off at the Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France at the same time as the introduction of the same vehicle at the eleventh round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy. Those who attended the unveiling included John McGuinness, who raced at Le Mans for the Honda TT Legends Team.
The unveiling at the Superbike race was attended by Jonathan Rea, rider for the Castrol Honda Team. The 2012 CBR1000RR features a new styling package. It comes with a new nose, layered main fairing and a tail section to give it a look that’s more aggressive and dynamic. Its new front and rear suspension were presented for the first time on a production motorcycle.
Its advanced new rear shock features a double-tube design to guarantee a smoother and more precise response, excellent damping and boosted traction. The 2012 CBR1000RR also comes with 43mm telescopic front forks with Showa's Big Piston technology, to have improved damping, intensified front tire grip and improved stability under braking.
With the new fuel injection settings for the 999cc inline-4 engine, it becomes even smoother and easier to use, specifically at smaller throttle openings. It features a set of new 12-spoke wheels.
These aluminum wheels offer a more consistent rigidity to work with the new forks to have improved handling. It also has an improved instrumentation. The new CBR1000RR Fireblade makes use of a multi-function LCD instrument panel that now has a lap timer, gear position indicator, and a tachometer with 4 modes of display. The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade will be priced at MSRP: $13,800 (standard model), $14,800 (C-ABS model).
The CBR1000RR, or the Fireblade, remains to be a one of the most popular sports bikes in the U.K. It has received a number of awards and has even reached legendary status among customers and enthusiasts. Honda (UK) has been offering the 0% APR finance package for this model through it is only good until September. However, Honda (UK) will be offering as well a Sports Pack towards the end of 2011.
This model can be purchased in either the standard version or the ABS-equipped one. Color themes include the Silver/Orange, Repsol, Tri-color, and Graphite Black. For those who avail of the Sports Pack, they will get a wide selection of Honda Genuine Accessories like a bike cover, Akrapovic exhaust, seat cowl, and higher screen. For the standard model, it will even have a rear tire hugger. Individually, these different accessories amount to a retail price of £1600 for the standard model and £1400 for the ABS-equipped version, though it is dependent on the color options as well.
However for those who want to buy a new CBR1000RR, the Sports Pack is indeed a treat as retail price is £699 for the standard and £599 for the ABS one. This offer is valid until the end of the year and for those who want to take advantage of this offer, additional information on any models, like scooters and motorcycles, can be accessed by going to www.honda.co.uk.
Once can also read the latest news, learn about upcoming events and even get information on Genuine Honda accessories and parts. Information is also available at your Honda (UK) Motorcycle dealer or you may call 0845 200 8000.