Honda CBR 1000 RR and CBR 1000 SP launch in SA

Honda CBR 1000 RR and CBR 1000 SP launch in SA

Thursday 18 May 2017 turned out to be an eventful and hugely successful launch for the Honda CBR 1000RR as well as the CBR 1000SP by Honda South Africa at RedStar in Delmas.

Here is a comparison overview of these two motorcycles.

STD (Standard CBR 100RR)
Engine Spec the same the same
Wet weight 196kg 195kg
Fuel Tank Steel Titanium
Battery Lead Li-ion
Brake Calipers TOKICO Brembo

Bridgestone S21

Dunlop Roadsports

Bridgestone RS10


Riding Mode Included Included
– Power Mode Included Included
– HSTC with wheelie control Included Included
– Engine brake selector Included Included
– Electronic suspension Included Included
Quickshifter (Optional) Included
IMU controlled ABS Included Included
Price R240 000 (SRP including Vat) (R300 000 SRP including Vat)


Both these models come standard with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty as well as a 2 year road side assistance plan. To answer your question “ do i pay additional for this benefit ? “

No, there are no additional (hidden) costs. Some riders feel they want the option to pay less for the motorcycle and use for example their own road side assistance. This way of thinking is not to your benefit. This full package is specifically designed for Honda lovers to enjoy every aspect of what is on offer. Honda provides great service and product that is trustworthy and shows in their cumulative sales numbers of selling 200 units per year that adds to 2465 units in 11 years. Experience is key and helps the Honda owner to have trust in the brand and what they offer.

Unfortunately for the elite Honda shopper who prefer to have that one of a kind, best of the best, Honda South Africa made it clear at the launch that the SP2 Victory Red/HRC Tricolour will not be coming to South Africa at all. Only 500 is to be produced over two years. Production started in March 2017 already. The reason for this is that our market share across the globe just cannot compete with the demand that other countries have, and therefore they take priority in this case.


Lets take a look into the history of the Honda Flagship Supersport bikes;

1992/1993 CBR 900 Fireblade RR
1994/1996 CBR 900 Fireblade RR (R/S) Adjustable suspension adopted
1996/1997 CBR 900 Fireblade RR New shape fuel tank, reduced weight displacement to 919 cc
1998/1999 CBR 900 Fireblade RR Strength of engine and suspension increased
2000/01 CBR 900 RR Fireblade PGM – F1 System adopted
2002/03 CBR1000RR Fireblade increased power with a displacement of 954cc
2004/05 CBR1000RR Fireblade Pro-Link suspension, new exhaust system, new fuel injection (dual)
2006/07 CBR1000RR Fireblade Increased Torque (valve shape timing), enhanced brakes (bigger brake disk)
2008/09 CBR1000RR Fireblade New slipper clutch, wheel weight reduced and muffler modified
2010/11 CBR1000RR Fireblade Improvements made in every area, including the E-CABS
2012/2013 CBR1000RR Fireblade improved Front: big piston Rear: balance free
2014/16 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP Ohlins suspension and Brembo Calopers
2017 25 year anniversary since CBR900RR in 1992 17YM Fireblade Next Generation


Understanding the history of a brand and being able to see the changes and improvements over years is important. Honda offers reliability, growth and pure passion with each improvement made on a motorcycle. I trust that this short history lesson on Honda and what it’s brought to the table in the new CBR1000RR SP model is reason enough to love and support the brand for many years to come.

Live, ride, and love every second!

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