2017 is going to be an exciting year for Honda enthusiasts! Here's what's in store (no pun intended)...
CBR1000RR SP has undergone a major overhaul for 2017, with a 33 lb. weight reduction and 10 horsepower increase resulting in a 14% improvement in power-to-weight ratio.
First introduced overseas in 1992 (and in the U.S. shortly thereafter), Honda’s largest CBR has continuously reset expectations of what an open-class sport bike should be, with a holistic “Total Control” design approach that focuses on cornering, acceleration and braking. That practice is taken to the next level with the 25th anniversary CBR1000RR SP, which is also fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package. The result is a machine that is underpinned by the “Next Stage Total Control” concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration. The 2017 CBR1000RR SP provides a superbly balanced package with Honda's best power-to-weight ratio ever. It works incredibly well on track and, even more importantly, is both exhilarating and uniquely rewarding to ride out on the open road.
The CBR1000RR SP has received a vast array of improvements, including some that come straight from the RC213V-S. Electronics play a big role, including semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control suspension (S-EC), plus a number of rider aids built around the five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Power and torque have been increased through a higher compression ratio and revised cam timing, while ample use of magnesium (engine covers) and titanium (muffler and—for the first time on a mass-production road bike—fuel tank) have reduced weight and improved mass centralization. The twin-spar aluminum frame’s rigidity balance has been finely adjusted, and the swingarm is stiffer. Brembo monobloc four-piston front brake calipers use high-performance track-ready brake pads, while a narrower radiator and new bodywork achieve a slimmer profile.
In addition to the CBR1000RR SP, Honda is also offering a competition-focused, limited-production CBR1000RR SP2, which comes with larger valves and lighter forged-aluminum Marchesini wheels.
Pricing for the CBR1000RR SP and CBR1000RR SP2 haven't been announced yet, but we should be receiving our first units in March 2017 for the SP and late spring for the SP2.
The motorcycle that singlehandedly invented long-distance comfort motorcycle touring and luxury two-up riding, Honda’s legendary Gold Wing is available in two new color combinations for 2017, as well as the familiar Candy Red. Three different trim levels are offered, the top option boasting navigation and anti-lock brakes.
Back for 2017 in a spectral new Matte Black Metallic color, the Shadow Phantom lives up to its name, making a powerful statement without resorting to a lot of bling. The V-twin engine has a throaty exhaust sound, and the seating position is equally comfortable for cruising or longer outings.
Pricing for the Shadow Phantom hasn't been announced yet, but we should be receiving our first units in March 2017.
With sculpted bodywork that wouldn’t be out of place in a science-fiction movie, the innovative, limited-edition NM4 attracts attention wherever it goes, but it’s also got a practical side, thanks to its automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and integrated saddlebags.
The versatile XR650L really can do it all, including wide-open highways, rugged off-road trails and everything in between. With a bulletproof 644cc four-stroke engine, electric start and long-travel suspension, this proven dual-sport bike is good for the casual rider on-road or for more aggressive off-road adventures.
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