30TH ANNIVERSARY 2022 FIREBLADE REVEALED | MANUFACTURER NEWS
Honda has ripped the covers off its 2022 Fireblade with the new model copping numerous updates and a 30th Anniversary paint scheme
Honda has released details of its 2022 CBR1000RR-R SP with the Fireblade receiving performance-focussed improvements. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade Honda are also releasing a limited-edition CBR1000RR-R with a heritage paint scheme.
Take a look like the genius behind the game-changing 1992 Fireblade, Tadao Baba, is back to reminisce on where the movement began. Featuring alongside three prominent project leaders who followed in his footsteps, looking back at 30 years of the same unchanging Fireblade mentality. Hiroaki Tsukui, Design Project Leader of the first bike, talks through his inspiration for the original paint scheme and how it translates to the 2022 limited edition CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary
The Blade updates are centred on improvements in mid-corner acceleration and drive. The intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels and exhaust mid-section have all been revised to deliver extra mid-range. The final drive sprocket goes up 3 teeth, to 43, for stronger acceleration through each ratio and quick shifter performance has been upgraded.
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has also been optimised – with feedback from HRC’s riders for refined rear tyre traction management, and throttle feel improved even further. The rest of the chassis – comprising an aluminium diamond-style frame, RC213V-S-style swingarm, six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) – is unchanged. Full, race-quality suspension is provided by Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (S-EC) and OBTi user interface, with braking front and rear by Brembo.
The bodywork and riding position maintain an uncompromising focus on aerodynamic performance, and the fairing features MotoGP-derived winglets to generate downforce. A full-colour TFT screen offers intuitive control of riding modes and adjustment of Power, Engine Brake, HSTC, Wheelie Control, Start Mode and ABS modes. A Smart Key is the finishing touch.
For 22YM both the GrandPrix Red and the Metallic Pearl Morion Black now feature gold wheels as standard
The 2022 CBR1000RR-R SP is expected to arrive in Australia in very limited quantities during the second quarter of 2022. Prices will be announced closer to the release date.