Honda launched a dedicated website for its arriving 2017 model year motorcycles today, giving us a glimpse into what Big Red has in store for us at INTERMOT, EICMA, and the IMS Show in Long Beach, and the first machine they’re teasing seems to be the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR.
While the current teaser is set in the United States, at Thunderhill Raceway Park, we first caught glimpse of the new Honda CBR1000RR while shooting at a similar promo video in Croatia, strangely enough.
From those photos, we know that the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR (that’s the 2017 Honda Fireblade to our European readers) is based off the current model’s design, with the two machines sharing a chassis, and likely many engine parts.
Obviously, Honda has wrapped the 2017 CBR1000RR in very different fairings, and updated the superbike for Euro4 emissions.
Logic also dictates that Honda’s updated superbike will have ride-by-wire, traction control, and other electronic aids, and we can likely expect the engine to get a little bit more pep as well, just to keep us from moaning too loudly that the aged platform is seeing yet another year of service.
Details beyond this are non-existent, though there has been much speculation. Will this machine be the more affordable version of Honda’s two-pronged superbike approach? If so, will that other bike be a V4 based off the Honda RC213V-S street bike? Could we see that debut this year? For 2018?
Honda’s teaser site does show other models to be released, including the Honda X-ADV adventure scooter. The 2017 Honda CBR1000RR is being teased with the phrase “Total Control” while an unknown bike is labeled “Express Yourself” thus adding to the mystery.
Honda does have a general teaser video, which shows a variety of riders from different segments of the industry. Judging from this, Honda’s other bike is a street machine, geared towards urban riders.
As such, our hopes for a homologation special in the superbike realm will likely have to wait until the 2018 model year, but from now until the end of the new bike season, anything can happen.
We can expect the 2017 Honda CBR1000R to officially debut on October 4th – the first day of the INTERMOT show. Stay tuned.