Honda’s litre-class offerings get more affordable thanks to the recent revision in custom duties
Planning to buy a Honda superbike? You are in luck. Honda India has reduced the prices of the CBR1000RR and the CBR1000RR SP by 2.01 lakh and Rs 2.54 lakh and they now retail at Rs 14.78 lakh and Rs 18.68 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Mumbai), respectively. This price drop is a result of the reduction in import duties on CBU (completely built unit) imports in the country.
Launched in April 2017 to commemorate 25 years of Honda, over 90 per cent of the components of the new CBR are revised or all-new. For starters, the kerb weight has now been reduced by a massive 15kg, bringing it down to 195kg. This has helped in increasing the power-to-weight ratio by 14 per cent. Powering both motorcycles is a 999cc, inline 4-cylinder engine. It now produces 191PS of power (bumped up by 11PS) and 115Nm of torque.
The Fireblade features a 5-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) which handles the ABS, 9-level traction control, ride-by-wire, rear lift control and wheelie control. It also gets three different TFT display modes (Street, Circuit and Mechanic), three levels of engine braking control and five riding modes (two customisable). Suspension duties on the standard CBR100RR are handled by Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork at the front and a monoshock unit at the back, while braking is offered by Tokico radially mounted brake calipers.
Along with the addition of the aforementioned goodies, the premium 'SP' variant also gets a quickshifter (auto blip on downshifts), Ohlins 43mm USD forks at the front, an Ohlins monoshock unit at the rear and a lithium-ion battery, which is 50 per cent lighter than a conventional battery. The top-spec Fireblade gets Brembo brakes as standard. Both versions come with all-LED lighting and a TFT instrument cluster.
With the revised prices, the Honda CBR1000RR and the CBR1000RR SP have now become some of the most affordable litre-class superbikes in India. Kawasaki has also announced a price cut on their offerings.