2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP – A Better Fireblade

11/04/2013 @ 12:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler36 COMMENTS


The Honda CBR1000RR is a great street bike, albeit a little long-in-the-tooth in the fast-paced liter-bike category. The big hope and rumor for the 2013 EICMA show was that Honda would have its V4-powered superbike finally ready for debut, though plans for that machine seem to have been delayed…again.

Instead, Big Red has for us the 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP, which is basically your standard Fireblade with premium kit bolted onto it, along with a very gentle engine massaging.

This sort of dual-pronged approach is fairly standard fare for the European brands (did you see what Ducati just did with the Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S?), but for a Japanese OEM like Honda, it is a pretty revolutionary approach to model segmentation, but we digress.

The short and the sweet of it, when it comes to the Honda CBR1000RR SP, is that Honda has added a laundry list of go-fast parts to the Fireblade, which should entice collectors and track day enthusiast alike. The changes are as follows:

  • 43mm Öhlins NIX30 inverted fork with spring preload, rebound, and compression damping
  • Unit Pro-Link® Öhlins shock with spring preload, rebound, and compression damping
  • Brembo front brakes with four-piston calipers and 320mm floating rotors
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires
  • Lightweight subframe, which lowers CG
  • A new cylinder head, intake tract, and exhaust system
  • Special pistons and connecting rods
  • New riding position with new handlebars and relocated footpegs
  • A bubble windscreen
  • Solo seat cowl
  • Tri-color paint scheme

Despite all this talk of weight savings, Honda’s claimed a curb weight (with a full tank of gas) for the 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP is 440.9 lbs, which is actually a pound heavier than the base model CBR1000RR. With the engine re-tooling, the Honda CBR1000RR SP is good for 178hp and 84 lbs•ft of torque, with a fatter midrange power band says Honda Europe.

That is a modest gain over the CBR1000RR’s previous 175hp figure, though we think connoisseurs will appreciate the total package that Honda has put together here, and avoid the spec sheet racing. Still it would have been nice to have been “wowed” about bit more with the SP. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but the 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP will be in Honda dealers comes February of the new year.

*Note: the photos below are of the ABS-equipped European version. America will only be getting a non-ABS version of the 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP.






2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP


2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Source: Honda

  • sideswipeasaurus

    Very pretty. An SP version Honda? Wow. They should do this every year. This would have been cool edition a couple years ago. Honda left with nothing new for 2014? So, I take it they will be languishing in WSBK again.
    Wonder if that V4 will show up this time next year? If not they might as well pull out of production racing altogether.

  • 2ndclass

    •Lightweight subframe, which lowers CG
    •A new cylinder head, intake tract, and exhaust system
    •Special pistons and connecting rods

    Sounds like Honda’s getting some better bits in for the EVO class next year.

  • Gutterslob

    ^ I’m pretty sure the EVO class allows a change of subframe, in any case.

  • Ian

    So, the “new” CBR is basically the same as the bikes I have been seeing at local track days for three years now (upgraded suspension and brake, along with various lesser improvements).

    Fancy paint jobs and bolt on upgrades aren’t going to cut it against the 1000RR, 1199, and RSV4.

    When is one of the Japanese manufacturers going to finally catch up with the Euros. God, I hope it is Yamaha that come out with a completely new R1 replacement for 2015!

  • Anvil

    Nice idea for a stopgap model but I agree they didn’t do enough.

    After all the money they spend on electronics in MotoGP, how does Honda not have a decent TC system installed on this bike?

    And no ABS option for the U.S.?

  • Faust

    “When is one of the Japanese manufacturers going to finally catch up with the Euros.”

    Who won the SBK championship this year? Here’s a hint, they like green. Look at the more production based series where they are limited on mods. In BSB it was down to the Honda and Kawi for the championship. In British Superstock, you basically can’t win unless you’re on a ZX10. In SSTK the Ninja finished one point out of second place. In any endurance/road racing the Japanese bikes rule. Honda dominates the TT. Manufacturers standings in world endurance racing are the Japanese big four with BMW a WAY distant 5th…. The ZX10R is a match for the Euro bikes and that’s a fact. In street trim all the 1000s offer serious performance. Just buy what you like. The stat sheets are irrelevant if you are not racing.

  • greg

    for a company of Hondas reputation and size they never cease to disappoint. this release is nothin short of a joke, a six year old model tarted up cheap, shoddy and why i havent bought a honda since 2004. compared to the euros this is embarrassing

  • proudAmerican

    I bought a 2010 VFR1200F (a fantastic streetbike, by the way) and love it. But, in 2012, they updated that bike with a massaged ECU for the DCT, and they added traction control. Why didn’t they just put t.c. on it when the model was brand-new? Arrrggghhh!!

    I’m very interested in this bike to replace my 2008 CBR1000RR. But, I’m not going to buy the 2014 model, and then watch Honda finally put traction control on the bike a year or two later.

    Come on Honda, nice Special, but you forgot traction control–which is quickly becoming standard-fare on literbikes.

  • proudAmerican

    Crap, I just saw that we won’t be getting the ABS in the US!

    Are you phucking kidding me Honda?!?!?!

  • TexusTim

    I have not seen that version of the ttx rear shock, so honda lowered the seating postion too.
    I wonder why they are making it for a smaller person ? not that im complaining about that.
    I wonder if these bits will be standard on the v4 coming mid year 2014 and I dont see a brembo mc.
    the question begs would you buy this for next years riding season or hold on a little more for the all new v4 superbike ? I wonder which one will cost more ?
    If I learned anything about first year models I would buy this first as it will be the finest version of this model made by honda I’ll let someone else test buy the first year of the v4 and see what happens.

  • philly phil

    they call that a “bubble” windsheild?

  • MikeG81

    Tasty bits, nice.

  • I’ve been on a Honda guy for a long time, and I’d take this over anything currently out there right now. I might prefer to ride an Aprilia from an aesthetic, engine feel and cutting-edge performance perspective, but I know that this bike would be a lot easier to live with as a daily rider. And for the same money I could make it out perform the Aprilia… easily.

    For those complaining about how out of date the CBR is, notice that the best riders in the world turn the fastest laps on these, over every other comparably priced Production 1 L bike. There is a reason for that, it’s called refinement and confidence inspiring.

    Until the Honda V4 (my one true love) comes out as a genuine production model, this bike would certainly satisfy all my riding needs and desires.

  • Judge

    “I’ve been on a Honda guy for a long time…”

    Well hop on one of these and give him a break!

  • TexusTim

    o snap no edit button to give that poor honda guy a break..bawawawawahaha.

    um theres nothing that could be done to make the current cbr out perform the aprilla rsv4 at this time. even with the full bazzaz and ohlins setup, the apriila electronics are the top of the heap right now…maybe honda will get it right with the new v4 superbike but knowing honda it wont be the full monty in the first release and it better not smoke after 2000 miles…IM STILL MADE AT THEM OVER MY FIRST 08 LITRE BIKE.. I NOW HAVE THE 12 HRC AND I LIKE IT! I know I would like this even better but I wont be pulling the pin on the v4 till the second model..LESSON LEARNED.
    ps I have done enough dyno pulls on the cbr and I have never seen one hit 170 + hp more like 155 if you have the timming advancer like the zbomb and a least a slipon, even race gas wont get it there.

  • Poor boy TexasTim, apparently he don’t know any real tuners, or where to get REAL parts cheap either I’ll bet. How sad for him, especially considering where he works and who he works for. I won’t out him though, if he wants to stay in the closet, that’s his choice. :)

  • L2C

    This thread is hilarious. :-)

  • Norm G.

    ahem, i believe i am on record as saying you would be getting a warmed over blade. between the trellis kit for the 1199 and this SP blade, my accuracy rating has just crept up to 2 points to 98%. you may now call me…



  • smiler

    Takes the Italians and the Swedes to make the Blade great. Fine by me.

    Wish these companies would stop with the photoshop, digitially enhanced, smoothed over “action” shots and put out some real content though.

    Could be a Blade to cherish before the inline four gets dropped.

  • TexusTim

    @Aron with two As..Im self employed man so I dont know were you get that remark? and I do not know you by that name..and why are you taking shots at me when you would die for my sponsor list man and I think I know some very good tuners and without head work and cams your not getting 177 hp to the rear wheel on the honda end of story. with all the stops pulled out the most I have seen is 166 hp that was full bazzaz,exhaust and M4 race gas. the average for these bikes in street trim is right at 156..thats at the wheel sir..and thats real world….anyway this version may get close to 178 claimed but we wont know that till it gets out there in peoples hands..I wonder if the U.S. version will have the timing retarded like all the others my guess is it will or it wont pass emissions with that “hotted ” up engine.
    I agree though this could be the final version before the v4…but just like the cbrf4I and the 600RR I dont think Honda will drop the in line 4 litre bike from it’s lineup.
    NORMSTRADAMUS. hahahaha thats funny shit right there.

  • G.Irish

    @Aaron B. Brown
    I went from a ’08 CBR1000RR to an RSV4 (with an 1199 inbetween). The Aprilia is no harder to live with than my CBR was. The seat is more comfortable actually.

    And the difference in MSRP is only about $2000 now. Out the door you can get a CBR for far less but the Aprilia is worth the price premium IMO, what with the TC, quickshifter, ABS, fuel maps, and launch control.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Sounds like Honda’s getting some better bits in for the EVO class next year.”

    exactly, you don’t up and build 2,000 pricey V4’s for a suddenly decontented championship. a championship you haven’t been interested in for MORE than a decade, even when it was full tilt.

    this homologation path from grandprix to wsbk is PRECISELY what ezpelata’s machinations are meant to disrupt. honda’s announcement of the V4 was purely brinksmanship in the rules standoff. dorna then countered with the announcement that they had SIEZED control of production racing. doesn’t anybody remember the time line…?

  • 2ndclass

    Actually I’d say WSBK heading back to it’s production bike roots would make this mythical V4 Honda more relevant than now when the bikes are able to be more extensively modified. Honda could be getting this out there to get teams on Fireblades in Superstock or WSB EVO with intent of getting them to run a V4 in 2015 when it’s all EVO.

  • greg


  • Grandprix34

    I’m not a Honda fan by any stretch but thank you Honda for finally offering a bike for those who want an uncompromised sport bike. If Honda gets it why can’t the other Japanese manufacturers get it?

  • TexusTim

    So I have been going to Honda’s website since this anouncment and it has updated except for the price, so here is the low down.
    the lowered seat postition is standard on all 2014 versions.
    the new head work is standard on all 2014 versions.
    the sp model will get selected rods out of batch of rods…I guess the other engines are not ballanced ? (maybe this will make the rod clatter go away?? or call it piston slap they all do it.) anyway thats the only difference in the engines.
    the sp model will have the lightned rear subframe although this may be incorrect as the pictures show the same subframe on all models right now.
    so the big difference is really the ohlins suspension and the brembo calipers…you dont get a brembo master cylinder and not sure who’s disc are on it…the nisson radial mc is pretty good so thats not bad but am surprised brembo would let them do that without there mc in the system…maybe jensen could stroll over the the sp version and confirm if it is a nisson or brembo master cylinder and maybe check the subframe against the other model too PLEASE sir? here is the press release http://www.honda.com/newsandviews/article.aspx?id=7452-en

  • tony

    ok, so, #1, i like the bike- looks like mac’s tt legends bike, and that alone is worth sumpin. but i’m scared of that 95 octane rating sticker on the tank. cripes!

    #2, yes this thread is hilarious…

    #3, congrats norm, you got me laughin- i take back the shitty things i said about you before !

    ps- and those digitized, cgi’ed, airbrushed photos? really not in love…

  • These are European photos, so that’s 95 RON, which is the same as 91 here in the USA.

  • 2ndclass

    Is premium petrol hard to find in the USA?

  • Just as hard to find as the other gasoline grades. We calculate octane ratings differently here. (R+M)/2, whereas most other countries use the RON method (the “R” in that equation).

  • I love the smell of race fuel in the morning… smells like… victory. :)


    VP stations will let you pump 101 directly into your bike, Which I believe is 97 octane.

  • paulus

    Ohlins and Brembo parts defining this as the premium model….
    Honda’s own Showa and Nissin distinctly absent.

  • TexusTim

    tokico makes the calipers nissin makes the master cylinder. dont know if honda owns them or they own honda…….. oops

  • 2ndclass

    @ Jensen,

    Ah ok. Always seem to see Americans whining about needing premium, a bit odd for an Australian where pretty much every servo has 98RON available (hell, Shell even used to sell 100RON)

  • paulus

    Tokico is/was Hitachi owned. Honda have interests in Nissin
    The new ‘privateer’ bike is sporting them.

  • TexusTim

    yea I saw that, will be interesting to hear what nicky thinks monday.