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2020 British Superbike Fireblade SP

British Superbike Fireblade SP

Honda Racing is pleased to unveil the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP that Andrew and Glenn Irwin will race in the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, as well as Tom Neave and Davey Todd in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

British Superbike Fireblade SP

Keeping close to its road going sibling, the race livery is based on the Pearl Black colour, which is available across Honda’s UK dealer network on the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

British Superbike Fireblade SP

The Honda team is happy to confirm that its long-standing relationship with Castrol and Akrapovič will continue into another season, as well as Close Brothers and Nova gearboxes. A new sponsor to the team for 2020 is Datatool, who have come aboard through their association with Honda UK.

British Superbike Fireblade SP

After a delay to the start of the season due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the British Superbike Championship is set to go ahead with Round 1 taking place at Donington Park 7/8/9 August. The series will take place over six rounds and each weekend will host three BSB races, which means this year’s title will be decided across an 18-race season.

British Superbike Fireblade SP

The debut of the all-new Fireblade SP has been eagerly awaited on British soil by both the Honda Racing team and BSB fans alike, and in early March the team enjoyed a promising first test on the new machinery in Spain. Now, after months of not riding, Andrew, Glenn, Tom and Davey will look forward to being back on track on 28 July for official MSV testing at Donington Park.

British Superbike Fireblade SP

2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Provisional Calendar
  1. Round 1: Donington Park National (7-9 August)
  2. Round 2: Snetterton 300 (21-23 August
  3. Round 3: Silverstone National (4-6 September)
  4. Round 4: Oulton Park (18-20 September)
  5. Round 5: Donington Park GP (2-4 October)
  6. Round 6: Brands Hatch GP (16-18 October)

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Source: MCNews.com.au

Honda patent suggests electric Fireblade

The latest patent application drawings from Honda seem to indicate the Japanese company is planning an electric Fireblade.

But don’t get too excited or outraged yet!

Most traditional motorcycle manufacturers have toyed with the idea of electric motorcycles for years.

Some have produced electric scooters, mobility scooters, trials bikes and trail bikes.

However, none has yet come to the market with a full-sized electric motorcycle, except for Harley’s LiveWire.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycleHarley LiveWire

Honda also filed has an extraordinary number of patent applications in the past couple of years.

None of these has yet come to the market either.

Honda patent blitz

Honda Goldwing GL1800 airbag radicalsHonda’s scooter airbag

Electric Fireblade

We wouldn’t bet on an electric Fireblade, unless they are planning on taking over the supply of race bikes from Energica for the FIM Moto-e World Cup.

Honda’s electric plans seem more tailored to scooters, mobility scooters and small commuter bikes.

Also, the use of the Fireblade outline in the drawings could simply be artist expediency as several other patent application drawings have included Fireblade outlines.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R hits 200hp+

The 2020 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R will join the 200hp+ club with MotoGP winglets and an engine and frame inspired by the RC213V.

Ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show unveiling tonight (5 November 2019) in Milan, the company has released full technical details of its iconic sportsbike.

Power to the people

Honda CBR1000RR-R SP
Honda CBR1000RR-R

The most important detail for most fans will be the fact that power is up from 141kW (189hp) at 13,000 revs to 160Kw (214hp) at 14,500rpm.

Torque is down by 1Nm to 113Nm at 12,500rpm which is 1500 revs more.

The compact inline four now has the same bore and stroke as the RC213V as well as internal friction reduction tech.

It not only finally catches up with the 200hp+ club, but also joins many modern models with a smart key, full-colour TFT screen and fly-by-wire throttle.

The latter allows updated technology with three riding modes, launch control, wheelie control, electronic steering damper and an upgraded torque control all managed by a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit.

Air is now rammed straight through the front of the fairing into the airbox and the exhaust is a 4-2-1 system developed with Akrapovic.

Honda CBR1000RR-R SP
Ram air (SP version)

The CBR1000RR-R is suspended on a Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork and Showa Balance-Free Rear Cushion Light shock with a longer swingarm like the RC213V-S.

There is also an SP version with higher-grade Brembo brakes and second-generation semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control with 43mm NPX forks and TTX36 Smart-EC shock.

Honda CBR1000RR-R
Honda CBR1000RR-R SP

Watch the video below of world champ Marc Marquez riding the SP version.


The 2020 Fireblades have a lighter aluminium diamond frame with the rear shock mounted to the back of the engine which means no upper cross-member.

Like many modern bikes it has a full-colour TFT display that is fully customisable through a four-way controller on the left switchblock.Honda CBR1000RR-R

It comes standard with a smart key fob for keyless start.

The MotoGP winglets are part of the restyled aero which includes a lower fuel tank (still 16 litres capacity) and a more compact riding position which may not suit tall Aussie riders.

Honda CBR1000RR-R SP
Honda CBR1000RR-R SP

CBR1000RR-R and SP tech specs



Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4

Engine Displacement (cm³)


No. of Valves per Cylinder


Bore × Stroke (mm)

81mm x 48.5mm

Compression Ratio

13.0 x 1

Max. Power Output

160kW @ 14,500

Max. Torque

113Nm @ 12,500

Oil Capacity





Fuel Tank Capacity


Fuel Consumption





Battery Capacity

12-6 YTZ7S


Clutch Type

Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch with assist slipper

Transmission Type


Final Drive




Aluminium composite twin spar


Dimensions (L x W x H)

2100 x 745 x 1140mm



Caster Angle




Seat Height


Ground Clearance


Kerb Weight



Type Front

Showa Telescopic inverted fork with an inner tube diameter of 43 mm, and a Big Piston Front Fork with preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm stroke


SP: Telescopic inverted fork with inner

diameter of 43mm and Ohlins NPX Smart-

EC with preload, compression and

rebound adjustments. 125mm stroke.

Type Rear

Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless compression and rebound damping adjustment, 137mm stroke. 

Showa Balance-Free Rear Cushion with preload, compression and rebound adjustment.


SP: Pro-Link with gas-charged Ohlins TTX36 Smart-EC damper featuring preload, compression and rebound damping. 143mm stroke.


Rim Size Front

17 inch x 3.5

Rim Size Rear

17 inch x 6.0

Tyres Front


Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Bridgestone RS11

Tyres Rear


Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Bridgestone RS11


ABS System Type

2 Channel


330mm disc with radial-mount 4-piston Nissin caliper


SP: 4-piston Brembo Stylema 330mm disc


220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper




Security System






Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda updates 2019 CB model range

Rather than new models or a radical V4-powered Fireblade as widely tipped, Honda showed up at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan with a range of updated CB models including a more off-road-oriented CB500X (pictured).

2019 CB models

2019 Honda CB 500X
2019 Honda CB500X

Honda’s mid-sized CB range has been very popular in Australia for years, especially the more recent 500 models.

Leading the charge with desirable updates is the 2019 CB500X all-roader now with better dirt capabilities.

It features  increased suspension travel, more clearance, a 19-inch front wheel and a more aggressive tyre tread.

Meanwhile, the CBR650R replaces the CBR650F with more power, updated “Fireblade” styling, 5kg weight-loss, a more sporty riding position and a new LCD instrument panel.2019 Honda CB 650

The CBR500R also looks sportier redesign and the engine has been revised for better response in low-to-mid-range revs.

CB500F and CB650R now come with an assist/slipper clutch, a more powerful twin-cylinder engine and and cafe-racer styling.

2019 Fireblade2019 Honda Fireblade CB 1000 RR

The 2019 Fireblade gets an upgrade in its electronics package.

For example, traction and wheelie control are now separate so you can adjust them separately; ABS now has less intervention above 120km/h for 15% more deceleration; and the ride-by-wire throttle reacts faster for more engine braking and power delivery.

But that’s it for the updates, unless you consider new paint. The base model comes in black and silver or red and white, while the SP tricolour has darker blue accents.

We may have to wait another year for the rumoured V4 model.

There is no word yet from Honda Australia on when these updated models will arrive in Australia or pricing.

We expect they may hold off until floor stock is cleared.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com