2018 Honda CBR1000RR SP

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INTELLIGENT PERFORMANCE. TOTAL CONTROL.

Superbikes are about performance—and they always have been. That used to mean just a big engine and major horsepower. But for 2018 that’s not enough—a modern superbike needs to have great handling and superior engine management too. Plus, really discerning riders want to feel a connection with their machines, without too many lines of code between them and their bike. The 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP hit it out of the park on all counts.

The CBR1000RR is light, incredibly powerful, and undeniably fast. On the street and in the canyons, it’s a machine that fulfills most motorcyclists wildest dreams. Trackdays your specialty? Since racetrack riding puts special demands on any machine, let us direct you to the CBR1000RR SP. Available in limited numbers, it has all the features of our 2018 CBR1000RR, but adds premium Öhlins electronic suspension, Brembo brakes, a titanium muffler, and more. World championships have been won on bikes that the SP would leave in its dust. What a great time to be a sportbike rider.

Engineering

  • ASSISTED SLIPPER CLUTCH: Superbikes can deliver a great deal of back-torque through the driveline, upsetting handling—not the CBR1000RR models. Its Honda-designed assisted slipper clutch is the same type used on our MotoGP bikes. The design does away with the need for heavy clutch springs, ensuring full power transmission with smooth shifting and a light clutch pull at the lever.
  • TITANIUM MUFFLER: MotoGP bikes use titanium for their mufflers, and so does the CBR1000RR SP. It’s a significant weight savings.
  • PREMIUM WHEELS: You’ll notice that the CBR1000RR SP features five-spoke wheels. They’re light and strong—more than a pound lighter than the previous six-spoke wheels.
  • EFFICIENT RADIATOR DESIGN: Almost an inch narrower than on our previous-generation CBR1000RR, and featuring a high-density core. Plus the radiator tucks in tighter and cools just as efficiently.
  • FULL LED LIGHTING PACKAGE: Headlights, tail lights, turn signals—with the CBR1000RRs it’s all done with lightweight, efficient, cool LEDs.
  • THIN FILM TRANSFER DISPLAY: TFT means an instrument display that’s lighter and easier to read than previous LCD designs. It’s a first for Honda, and it’s made its premiere on the CBR1000RRs.
  • LITHIUM ION BATTERY: The CBR1000RR SP comes standard with a high-tech lithium-ion battery that is just half the weight of the previous lead-acid battery—a huge savings!

Handling

  • ÖHLINS SMART EC SUSPENSION: The CBR1000RR SP features an Öhlins Smart electronic control suspension system. It comes with three pre-set suspension modes, plus two “blank” user-programmable modes. It’s fully adjustable, semi-active, truly premium and track-ready — a huge upgrade from what you’d normally find on a streetbike.
  • GYRO-ASSISTED ABS: The CBR1000RR SP comes with anti-lock brakes, and they’re available on the standard CBR1000RR as an option. But these brakes go one better, including rear-wheel lift analysis (think hard stopping here), along with a program that takes lean angle into account.
  • SLIMMER ERGONOMICS: These CBR1000RRs are much slimmer than previous models in the tank / seat junction area, and also in the upper cowl (more than 24 mm trimmer). This improves aerodynamics, and the narrow tank makes it easier to tuck in.
  • TITANIUM FUEL TANK: The CBR1000RR SP features a radical, thin-wall titanium fuel tank. Filled to capacity, the tank is almost four and a half pounds lighter than our prior SPs, but still offers plenty of operational range.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT SUB-FRAME: Almost a full pound lighter than our previous generation, the CBR1000RR sub-frame further refines our mass centralization efforts. Light is always right, and these models are the lightest CBR1000RRs we’ve ever produced.

Performance

  • THROTTLE BY WIRE: The CBR1000RR's throttle-by-wire system works in concert with our Honda Selectable Torque Control. With the two, you get your choice of three engine power-delivery modes, plus two which you can custom program yourself.
  • HI-PERFORMANCE FOUR-CYLINDER ENGINE: Featuring high-compression 13:1 pistons, the CBR1000RR revs like only a flat-plane inline-four can. It also makes ten horsepower more than our previous generation of CBR10000RR.
  • BREMBO MONOBLOC FRONT CALIPERS: The CBR1000RR SP’s race-proven, radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers are light, but they provide exceptional stiffness and excellent braking performance.
  • HONDA ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPER (HESD): Most steering dampers only sense handlebar-deflection speed. The Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) is way more sophisticated. It also detects vehicle speed, and adjusts damping proportionally. That helps maintain low-speed maneuverability while providing excellent, predictable high-speed handling.
  • DUAL-STAGE FUEL INJECTION: The CBR1000RRs feature two sets of injectors per cylinder for both low- and high-rpm performance, instantaneous high-rpm response and great low-rpm metering and clean running. Refined EFI settings make the engine even more manageable, with smoother throttle response specifically at smaller throttle openings.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2018
Model CBR1000RR SP
Model Code CBR10RS1J
Color Grand Prix Tri-Color

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - Two 320 mm discs with Brembo monobloc calipers

Single 220 mm disc with hydraulic calipers

Tires

Front - 120 / 70 - 17

Rear - 190 / 55 - 17

Dimensions

Length 81.3 in.
Height 44.3 in.
Width 28.3 in.
Weight Curb - 431 lb. (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids, and a full tank of fuel - ready to ride.)
Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Seat Height 32.3 in.

Drivetrain

Transmission 6 speed
Final Drive 16T / 43T; chain

Engine

Engine DOHC In-line four-cylinder, 4 stroke
Displacement 998 cc
Bore x Stroke 76 mm x 55 mm
Compression Ratio 13:1
Fuel System Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with 48 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal.
Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Clutch Multiplate wet
Cooling liquid-cooled

Operational

Starting Electric
Suspension

Front - 43 mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel

Rear - Unit Pro-Link single shock; 5.2 in. travel

Rake 23.3°
Trail 3.8 in. (96 mm)