It's been 20 years since Honda first unleashed the CBR900RR on the unsuspecting world, and to mark the occasion, the manufacturer has unveiled the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade at the Endurance World Championship at Le Mans and the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy.

The new bike packs a revised fairing, complete with a fresh nose and reworked tail section, but the really fun bits are still under the plastic. Honda has implemented an all-new rear shock design with dual-tubes that supposedly offer a smoother and faster response over the old hardware. Up front, the CBR1000RR works with 43-millimeter telescopic front forks.

Engineers also reworked the engine's fuel-injection mapping for a smoother idle and easier operation lower in the rev band. A set of new gauges and two 12-spoke wheels wrap up the changes over the 2011 model. Hit the jump to check out the full press blast.
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The new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Today, Honda officially unveils the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade, celebrating 20 years since it was first launched as the CBR900RR in 1991.

The new machine was revealed simultaneously at two world class racing events: the Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France, and the eleventh round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy.

On hand to unveil the new machine to race fans were John McGuinness, racing at Le Mans for the Honda TT Legends Team, and Jonathan Rea, rider for the Castrol Honda Team in the World Superbike Championship.

John McGuinness, winner of 17 races at the Isle of Man TT, commented:
"I've got a real soft spot for the Fireblade. I've ridden it in many different racing events over the years and had a lot of success with it. In fact, some of the most memorable moments of my career have been on the Fireblade - from TT wins to this year in the World Endurance Championship. Unveiling the new model here at Le Mans is pretty exciting and I'm honoured that I was chosen to do it. It's great that all the thousands of racing and Fireblade fans around the world will now have the chance to see it for real."

Jonathan Rea, rider for the Castrol Honda World Superbike team:
"I feel like I have grown up with the Fireblade. It's such an iconic machine and it's an unbelievable feeling being the man to actually reveal the latest version. It really looks fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on it."

Hirofumi Fukunaga, LPL for the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade:
"This is a model allowing all super sports bike lovers, including the most experienced, to savour the joy of owning the CBR1000RR Fireblade, while at the same time feeling more fun in sporty riding and more joy of riding than ever before, whether it be on winding roads or at a circuit."
(LPL = Large Project Leader, leader of model development)


2012 CBR1000RR overview:

New styling package
New nose, layered main fairing and a tail section bring a more aggressive and a dynamic look to the 2012 CBR1000RR.

New front and rear suspension
Introduced for the first time on a production motorcycle, an advanced new rear shock uses a double-tube design to ensure smoother and more accurate response, superior damping and improved traction. The 2012 CBR1000RR also features inverted 43mm telescopic front forks with Showa's Big Piston technology, offering improved damping, increased front tyre grip and better stability under braking.

Revised fuel injection settings
New fuel injection settings for the 999cc inline-4 engine, make it even smoother and easier to use, particularly at smaller throttle openings.

New 12-spoke wheels
Stunning 12-spoke cast aluminium wheels provide more consistent rigidity to work with the new forks to deliver improved handling.

Enhanced instrumentation
The new CBR1000RR Fireblade uses a multi-function LCD instrument panel now with lap timer, gear position indicator, plus tachometer with 4 modes of display.


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      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always found it curious of those who sit back and cast stones at new arivals, whether they look new or are just freshened up. CBRs have always been regarded as some of the easiest go-fast bikes to ride there are. Match that with Honda reliability, a dealer in most all towns and it makes for a great relationship, especially over the long haul. As for motorcycles being boring, to each their own. But if you were to swing a leg over one of them I promise you the experience is anything but boring!
      Nastygear7
      • 3 Years Ago
      yummy. cbrs always look good.
      JFT77
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thought we were safe with just cars here, motorbike bore the frigging pants off me
        Agent55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JFT77
        "... motorbike(s) bore the frigging pants off me" You've clearly never ridden a liter bike.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      americansheep
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to launch my own bike company. Our first bike will be a direct competitor to both the CBR1000RR and the R100RR. It's going to be called the RRR1000RRRRR-RR. I fully expect it to dominate this illustrious and competitive niche in the market.
        Clipper44
        • 3 Years Ago
        @americansheep
        I would expect such a bike to be Really Really Really Really Race Ready ;)
      Beastage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone knows that Triple R's in the model name adds 50 BHP and 100 KP/H to the vehicle. Wouldn't it make more sense to name this the CBR1000 and add a R to a more extreme model?
      dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me, that bike is nothing but a back killer. Give me something I can sit up on and enjly the ride with my wife behid me. Maybe I am just an old fart, but that does not look cool to me. Give me a touring bike anyday.This one just says "organ doner" to me.
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      The '93 900RR was a beast. It was a handful to ride and didn't reward poor technique. It was the Viper of motorcycles in its day. These new bikes are sewing machines by comparison.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the current CBR's styling. This one, not so much.
      bornagainrr
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is bikes for youg, and ones for old. Touring for the old and speed for the young .
      brmintz
      • 3 Years Ago
      snub nose looks less 'snubby' - great improvement, i think the new headlights make it look more like the 600 which is sleeker imo
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