If you are a European reader, expecting the soon arrival of your brand new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, you might have to wait a little longer, as certain markets in the EU will be issuing a recall on the new superbike.
The recall comes from concerns from the Honda factory over the connecting rods found in the CBR1000RR-R’s four-cylinder engine, which may have a metallurgical defect and fail during use.
Honda tells us that in total about 300 units are affected by the pending recall, which is roughly a tenth of the total bikes expected to ship to European countries.
It is important to note that there have been zero failures of the connecting rods in the wild, and the recall comes from Honda trying to head-off any potential issues before this important sport bike goes on the market.
For those of us in the United States, we can rest easy on this news, as the recall has no effect on the supply of bikes coming to North America.
However that being said, there might be a one-week or two-week delay on the CBR1000R-R Fireblade SP’s arrival in the USA, because of production stoppage in Japan because of the coronavirus.
One of the most anticipated motorcycles for the 2020 model year, the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is the first brand new superbike from the Japanese manufacturer in almost a decade’s worth of time.
Though WorldSBK racing has been delayed because of the global pandemic, Honda has great hope in the CBR1000RR-R disrupting the World Superbike paddock, and thus also had similar hopes for the bike once it hit dealership showrooms.
Priced at a premium though, it will be interesting to see how the Honda CBR1000RR-R sells, though now with the motorcycle industry taking a hit from dealerships being closed and citizens being sequestered at home, it might be too difficult to get a true reading on the bike’s reception.
Regardless, we are certainly eager to see the bike when it hits US soil, and to give it a proper spin on the race track.