2010 Honda CBR1000RR
Celebrated worldwide for its scorching
speed and effortless agility, the CBR1000RR Fireblade
is an established icon of performance motorcycling.
As Honda proudly celebrated its 50th year of racing
the 2009 Isle of Man TT, the CBR1000RR’s appetite
for victory was insatiable; grabbing the top 5 places
the Superbike race, carrying John McGuinness to his
15th TT win and setting new lap and race records.
the ultimate sportsbike is not all about speed. ‘Total
Control’ has been at the heart of its development
the Fireblade was first launched in 1992, and it has
sped from success to success. Honda has continuously
improved the ride experience that gives the rider
unique confidence on both road and track.
The 1992 CBR900RR captivated the imagination
of the motorcycling world at its launch. Its minimalist
design eliminated any weight that didn’t need
to be there. Successive generations have been improved
further reducing weight and focusing what’s
left around its centre of gravity (mass centralisation).
the bike both its characteristic agility and excellent
stability. Confidently carving out long corners or
whipping through quick bends, its razor-sharp response
and predictable behaviour have always been as appreciated
on the road as they are on the track.
A new ultra-light engine and radically
revised chassis in 2008 took the concept of ‘Total
Control’ to unprecedented levels and ensured
continuing success for the Fireblade. Inspired by
ancient Japanese craftsmanship and culture, combined
with developments in advanced aerodynamic performance,
the new machine was a masterpiece of engineering.
The engine responded smoothly to every
rider input at the throttle with controllable power
acceleration. A new, super-slim cast aluminium frame
achieved the finest balance between the strength
necessary to harness the engine’s power, and
the flexibility needed to obtain maximum traction
in the corners. Even more compact dimensions contributed
to mass centralisation and gave the rider more freedom
to move around the machine and achieve the best weight
distribution for the conditions.
In 2009, Honda epitomisedthe ‘Total
Control’ philosophy by offering Fireblade riders
the option of a high performing electronically-controlled
“Combined ABS”, a revolutionary innovation
for a bike in this class.
The first Combined ABS to be designed specifically
for a super sports motorcycle, it retains the necessary
feel at the controls as well as incorporating the
light weight and keenly developed performance demanded
by its highly competitive environment.
For 2010, the CBR1000RR Fireblade continues
to celebrate its success with carefully selected styling
performance improvements that enhance its sports image.
New for 2010
- Sharper rear styling with revised shape and new
taillight with clear lens
- Sharp exhaust muffler appearance with aluminium
- New graphics and colours
- Improved crankshaft inertia mass (increased or
decreased – reduction guessed)
- Reduced crankshaft weight for improved inertia
The CBR1000RR Fireblade holds an unchallenged leadership
position as the sportsbike that offers the best balance
of sports performance and rideability on both track
and road. For 2010, our designers and engineers have
focused on sharpening its track-ready image. The resulting
developments, while not major changes, heighten enjoyment
of the machine’s high quality and clean sports
profile. They also add to the ownership experience
by increasing the pride in riding this extremely desirable
machine, whether revving it up on trackdays or honing
your skills on the curves and twists of your favourite
The 2010 Fireblade styling adds further highlights
to the motorcycle’s pared-down and purposeful
The overall form dispenses with anything that doesn’t
support the twin goals of minimal weight and optimal
mass centralisation. The rear fender has been sharpened
and a clear-lens tail-light added. For 2010 the indicators
and licence plate holder have been integrated into
a compact and convenient assembly which can now be
easily detached from the rear fender unit for closed
track riding. The low-slung exhaust features a new,
redesigned muffler with a top-quality aluminium finish.
Designed for excellent handling, the front cowl
is short and compact, incorporating acutely styled
intakes and striking line-beam headlights. Its styling
emphasises the bike’s dynamic performance while
maximising its aerodynamic efficiency. For 2010 its
aggressive, race-ready appearance has been updated
with new graphics and stripes on the middle front
cowl on all versions but Graphite Black (Black special).
The 2010 CBR1000RR Fireblade comes in four exciting
new colour variants. Graphite Black with White/
Black stripes emphasises the sportsbike’s lean,
competitive lines. The Silver Metallic/Pearl Fire
version is bold and vibrant. A refreshed HRC tricolour
version celebrates 50 years of Honda Racing, evoking
all the pride of the CBR heritage and enhancing its
racing image. It features additional stripes on the
rear fender and larger ones on the upper side fairing,
and HRC stickers on the middle and upper front cowl,
rear fender and front fender. There is also a special
Graphite Black version. Simple and elegant, it places
a firm emphasis on the clean lines of the bodywork
which contrast strongly with the silver coloured frame.
colours are available in both the Standard and the
Combined ABS versions.
- Graphite Black (White/Black stripes)
- Digital Silver Metallic/ Pearl Fire Orange
- Pearl Sunbeam White (Tricolour - HRC)
- Graphite Black (Black special)
CBR1000RR engine performance is distinguished by
exceptional torque throughout its range. Acceleration
smooth and powerful, seamlessly delivered from the
lightest, most compact package.
The wide-bore, short-stroke configuration that delivers
its high-revving power range is made possible by
sleeveless cylinders and lightweight pistons, cams,
valves and cranks. In order to maximise enjoyment
sports riding, innovations have been made to absorb
fluctuations in engine torque and improve throttle
control. The ACG flywheels have been made bigger and
crankshaft rigidity has been enhanced to fit
the flywheel size, increasing crankshaft inertia mass
by 6.87%. This enables generation of optimal crankshaft
inertia mass during racing, improving throttle control
and racing potential. This has been achieved without
any increase in weight through the use of lightweight
components including an aluminium cylinder head
sealing bolt, thin-walled flange section for the exhaust
pipe and a smaller fan motor.
The engine’s silky-smooth delivery is aided
by an Assist Slipper Clutch which ensures confident
and deceleration as well as quick clutch reengagement,
light lever load and comfortable clutch action.
The CBR1000RR exhaust combines a compact configuration
with maximum ground clearance and mass centralisation.
Two valves in the muffler constantly tailor the system
for maximum drive and smooth delivery and boost the
machine’s power at full throttle. Our oxygen-sensing
HECS3 (Honda Evolutional Catalysing System) constantly
monitors emissions, reducing any harmful gases and
tailoring fuelling for the most efficient combustion
In designing the sophisticated four-piece aluminium
frame for the CBR1000RR Fireblade, Honda engineers
aimed to perfect the delicate balance of strength,
rigidity and lightness required for top superbike
performance. Allowing agile, confident handling, it
also facilitates the positioning of all other components
mass centralisation. The gull-wing shaped swingarm
is long, giving maximum traction. It is complemented
our innovative Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, developed
in the laboratory of MotoGP racing. At the front,a
fully adjustable 43mm HMAS cartridge-type front fork
contributes to confident control. Together these systems
provide assured road holding on both road and track.
The Fireblade also features our second-generation
HESD Steering Damper which automatically tailors
damping force according to bike speed. This enhances
high-speed stability by minimising sudden steering
changes, and also enables light, easy steering at
At the front, powerful radially-mounted four-piston
calipers feature a one-piece monoblock construction
for light weight and optimal rigidity. Six-point floating
rotors feature variable rotor hole sizes, further
weight while maintaining braking feel. Electronically-Controlled
“Combined ABS” Since 2009 it has been
possible to enjoy breathtaking CBR performance with
the extra reassurance of a specially developed electronically-controlled
“Combined ABS”, developed by Honda specifically
for use on its Super Sports bikes. This revolutionary
system allows riders to brake naturally and confidently
without disturbing the smooth, intuitive control that
is so essential to sports riding. A typically short
wheelbase means that a sportsbike can be prone to
pitching forward under extreme braking. Honda’s
electronically-controlled “Combined ABS”
minimises the pitch tendency, enhancing balance and
stability while providing the ABS and CBS advantages
of smooth, easy braking and wheel lock prevention.
Exhaustive testing on road and track has shown that
this electronically-controlled “Combined ABS”
enhances control while retaining cornering feel. For
riders of all skill levels, it offers a confidence
and skillbuilding option that significantly improves
enjoyment of the Super Sport riding experience.
A broad range of accessories will be supplied by
Honda Access Europe to further extend the versatility
of the CBR1000RR. These accessories include:
- A selection of lightweight and stylish carbon
fibre parts which have been designed specifically
the CBR1000RR. These include a rear wheel hugger
(non-ABS version only) that protects chassis internals,
a front mudguard that also protects the lower front
fork tubes, and decorative crankcase covers that
attach to ACG and clutch covers.
- An elegant colour-matched rear wheel hugger that
protects the rear shock absorber from dirt (non-ABS
- A carbon-fibre-look protective tank pad and fuel
lid cover set bearing the HRC logo.
- A colour-matched rear seat cowl that snaps into
place to accentuate the CBR1000RR’s keen,
- An attractive set of wheel stickers with the
Honda Racing logo.
- A 27.4mm taller, WVTA approved windscreen. Available
in a black-tinted or clear version with the Honda
Racing logo, it offers extra wind protection without
compromising manoeuvrability and shades
the instrument panel from the sun.
- A set of black nylon fairing protectors which
reduce the risk of damage to fairing parts.
- A patented, Honda-unique replacement rider’s
seat based on elastomer mesh technology for unrivalled
comfort. It features a CBR logo, e-cushion tag and
alternative skin pattern.
- A seat bag that can be mounted on the pillion
seat to provide extra luggage space.
- A tank bag that keeps smaller essentials to hand
without compromising ride comfort. (This can be
combined with the seat bag to provide enough carrying
capacity for weekend touring.)
- A compact AVERTO alarm kit with motion detector,
siren and back-up battery to provide extra protection
against vandalism and theft. A low-consumption sleep
mode protects battery from drainage.
- A U-lock that’s designed to fit into the
compact space located under the pillion seat pad
rear seat cowl.
- A tilting tubular steel paddock stand that lifts
the motorcycle by the end of its swingarm to facilitate
cleaning and rear wheel maintenance.
- ECU for “Combined ABS” for circuit