2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP & SP2; The lightest and Most Powerful Hondas Ever Produced?

2017 CBR 1000 RR SP
2017 CBR 1000 RR SP
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Honda Motorcycles decided to keep up with the competition by releasing their 2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP models. These models have shredded some serious weight and gained more power for your convenience. Let’s  take a closer look and see what Honda Motorcycles has to offer.

2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP Features.

A More Powerful Engine.

The 2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP models are loaded with a 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine that has an extra 10 Horsepower than its previous model. The 189 HP (at 13,000 RPM) and 116Nm/11,000 RPM will leave you breathless.

Less Weight & Improved Power to Engine Ratio.

The 2017 Honda SP models are 35 pounds lighter. Yes, you read it right 35 Pounds. Those shredded pounds come from the improved (thinner) swingarm and chassis. Not to mention the usage of aluminum and magnesium alloys in many parts. A titanium muffler has been added that contributed by 17% of the total weight loss.

More Aggressive Looks to Go Along with the Performance.

2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP models are more compact, have sharper design lines and a more aggressive overall look than the 2016 model. However, it’s not all about the looks, the new design offers you an improved (reduced) moment of inertia. This will help you to gain more control of this beast while you are on track.

The 2017 Model Next to the 2016 One.
Courtesy of Honda.

Improved Control.

The 2017 SP Models are equipped with Öhlins electronically controlled suspensions to provide you with better handling.  With three levels of adjustability and a 43mm NIX 30 EC forks (along with a TTX 36 EC Shock) what else you may need? Well, we will tell you what you need, you need an outstanding rider assist technology, and that’s what the 2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP models offer.

High-tech Rider Assist Programs.

Inspired by the MotoGP model, the RC213V-S model in many ways.  The SP models have a 9-level Traction Control System, a Rear Wheel Slip Control System and an ASIMO robot that measures the leaning angle.

A Wheelie Control System is installed too, that depends on the difference in wheel speed. There are two camps when it comes to evaluating this methodology of wheelie control. Some riders see it as a disadvantage as pitch data should be used for the wheelie control, while others see that an SP model shouldn’t fall into the hands of riders who can’t control their wheelies with a simple throttle and brake combination.

Which camp do you take sides with?

Improved Braking & Acceleration.

The Base 2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR model has an ABS version one. That’s the same system that has been installed in the SP models. This ABS system has a rear-wheel lift detection option to prevent the undesired unbalance during hard braking (and to keep you safe).

As for the acceleration, the SP models are loaded with QuickShifter that includes “clutchless” upshifts and downshifts to provide you with a better accelerating experience.

Take a look at what Nicky Hayden did with this masterpiece on track.

Difference Between the SP1 & SP2 Models?

There are minor differences between the two models. This includes Aluminium Marchesini wheels for the SP2, a 1 mm larger intake valves and a 1.5 mm larger exhaust valves too.

Forged Aluminium Marchesini Wheels.
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2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR SP Specs.

Engine 999cc, Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm)76 x 55
Compression Ratio 13:01
Max. Power Output141kW/ 189hp 13,000rpm
Max. Torque 116Nm/11,000rpm
Induction PGM-DSFI
Fuel Tank Capacity16L
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,065mm x 715mm x 1125mm
FrameDiamond; aluminium composite twin spar
Caster Angle23.3°
Seat Height 820mm
Ground Clearance 129mm
Kerb Weight195kg
Front SuspensionTelescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43mm, and a NIX30 Smart-EC (OHLINS) Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustments, 120mm stroke
Rear SuspensionUnit Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 Smart-EC (Öhlins) damper featuring preload and compression and rebound damping adjustment, 60mm stroke
Tyres120/70ZR17 58W (Front )– 190/50ZR17 73W (Rear)
Brakes2 Channel ABS

2017 Honda CBR 1000 RR Price.

Well, you can get the base model for $16,500, the ABS edition for $16,800 and the SP model (SP1) for $20,000. You can get the SP2 model for $25,000.

Our Thoughts.

Well, Honda Motorcycles have definitely invested a lot in their SP models (as well as their base model too) if you would ask us. A lot of noticeable improvements have been made to the whole new models (root changes). HRC kits will be available for qualified racing teams too in case you are wondering.