For Honda motorcycle enthusiasts, the Fireblade is perhaps one of the must-haves in their garage. Since 1992, the Fireblade has also been seen by many as the “gold standard” when it comes to sportbikes. This year, Honda has taken the wraps off of the limited, 30th Anniversary edition of the legendary Fireblade.
CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary
To celebrate 30 years of the Fireblade legacy, Honda has tapped one of the original designers of the 1992 Fireblade, Hiroaki Tsukui, to come up with a unique “Tricolor” scheme for the Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary Edition.
Instantly recognizable, all the details are present and correct, with the ultra-modern feel of the 2020 year model stripe layout merged with ‘brushstroke’ style elements that pay clear homage to the seminal original. The blue rear seat continues the theme.
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary edition retains the inline-four cylinder engine of the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade. New for 2022, the engine is refined to deliver power even from the mid rev range. The peak power output is 216 Ps (214 HP) at 14,500 rpm while the torque figures top at 112 Nm @ 12,500 rpm.
The engine uses a compact, short-stroke layout – sharing the bore and stroke of the RC213V – and features a semi-cam gear train, finger-follower rocker arms, titanium con-rods, RC213V-S internal friction reduction technologies, piston jets with check ball system, and a built-in bottom bypass passage for the cylinder water jacket. A ram-air duct in the front fairing feeds directly through the headstock. The 4-2-1 exhaust downpipes are ovalized and feed a titanium Akrapovič end-can.
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary edition features many technologies that Honda derived from its MotoGP experiences.
These include an aluminum diamond frame that uses the rear of the engine as an upper shock mount while the swingarm is based on the RC213V-S design. The rigidity, balance, weight distribution and steering geometry are carefully adjusted to exploit the engine’s output, in terms of front and rear grip levels, and feel for both. A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) provides an accurate 3D estimation of riding dynamics and provides input to manage all of the electronic systems. It also controls the rod-type 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).
Other features include an Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C) 43mm NPX forks and TTX36 rear shock that offer race-quality suspension, with settings managed by second-generation Öhlins Object-Based Tuning interface (OBTi). The front discs are worked by Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers and Brembo brake lever/master cylinder, while the ABS is adjustable for track riding.
Honda’s RC213V MotoGP machine lent some of its slippery aerodynamics to the Fireblade, including winglets to increase downforce and improve braking stability. The riding position is also very compact. A fully customizable 5-inch TFT display offers intuitive control via a four-way switch on the left handlebar. Honda’s Smart Key system adds convenience.
Additionally, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary edition has an array of race-bred riding aids that make this motorcycle the closest one can have to a genuine MotoGP race bike.
Honda Philippines has yet to announce if this limited-edition CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary will be available in the country. SRP is also TBD.