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Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade 2012 – 20th anniversary

2012 Honda CBR1000RR

In carefully coordinated presentations this evening, Honda riders John McGuinness and Jonathan Rea took the covers off the 2012 version of Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade.

McGuinness is racing at the penultimate round of the Endurance World Championship at Le Mans in France with the Honda TT Legends, while Rea is competing for the Castrol Honda team at Imola in Italy in round eleven of the World Superbike championship.

Both riders will contest the weekend’s races on the current version of the Fireblade but officially revealed next year’s model, which will also be on public display at the forthcoming EICMA show in Milan (8-13 November), for the first time this evening.

The iconic Fireblade will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012 and the new model maintains the original’s ethos of ‘total control’, a philosophy that has been continually refined and evolved during the past 20 years.

The 2012 Fireblade features a number of innovative features including new wheels and front and rear suspension enhancements to improve handling, traction and braking performance. The advanced Balance Free Rear Cushion rear suspension is a world-first for a production motorcycle.

The design team has also created a new, even more aggressive styling to better communicate the dynamism and sheer speed of the new CBR1000RR. In addition, the already comprehensive instrument panel has additional functionality making the bike more user-friendly, helping riders get the most from Honda’s most exciting and advanced supersport machine yet.