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New Base Model Honda CBR1000RR to Debut at EICMA

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If the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP is a little out your superbike budget, with its roughly $20,000 price tag (actual MSRP to be confirmed soon), then you will be happy to hear that a base model version of the updated CBR1000RR will be debuting at the upcoming EICMA show in November.

There is no word on the base model Honda CBR1000RR beyond the bike’s debut, at this moment, though we can make some guesses about what to expect from Big Red in Milan, based off what we’ve seen with SP and SP2 models.

Visually, we doubt much will change for the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR. Though, we would expect to see top-shelf items like the semi-active Öhlins suspension, titanium exhaust, and titanium fuel tank to be dropped, in favor of items that are cheaper to source and produce.

We doubt Honda will change much in terms of electronics for the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR base model, these being the key features for the new Fireblade.

Additionally, we doubt much will change in terms of the 190hp inline-four engine that is found on the SP model, with the two bikes likely to share the engine platform and its changes from the 2016 model.

The big question for the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR though will be the price. We doubt Honda will hold fast to its $14,000 price tag for the CBR1000RR in the US market for 2017.

With the Yamaha YZF-R1 priced at $16,500 and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS priced at $16,000 MSRP, there is significant room for Honda to increase its pricing on the new CBR1000RR, especially to reflect its upgrade over the previous design.

Thus, we would expect pricing to be north of $15,000, though we would be surprised if Honda went all the way up to $16,000 with its new superbike model in the USA, helping keep the bike competitive in the minds of consumers against bikes like the Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki, all of which boast more power.

Honda’s 2017 model debut at EICMA is slated for Monday, November 7th. We’ll have more information for you then. Stay tuned.

Source: American Honda

Jensen Beeler

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