Re: Sportbike Mag. says CBR1000RR is slower than comp.
Thumbing through the European Sportbike magazine at Borders, I noticed that they had weight and horsepower figures for the CBR1000RR. They mentioned that the HP was 165 and the weight was 178KG (I think), stating that made it probably the slowest compared to the rest of the competition. Additionally, they said Honda reps were quick to offer explanations like they decided to put on a steel exhaust to keep the prices down....that the 600RR is not the lightest bike but it's the best in its class...
I know my riding skills are not worthy to take on any of the new liter bikes coming out next year however, I'm quite dejected about Honda's decisions and excuses. Don't get me wrong, I'm a happy Blade owner who has owned 6 Hondas out of the 7 bikes I've ever owned. I'm satisfied with Honda build quality and will definitely purchase another Honda in the future. However, I've heard too many Honda fanatics who still say that weight and horsepower numbers do not matter. Come on! Get off it.
When the first Blade and the second CBR 600 came out, they were praised for their magnificent power to weight ratio, which at the time the other guys couldn't beat. Sure, Honda fans flaunted these numbers but ever since the GSXR and R1 came out, Honda fans are now saying that we shouldn't care. Now I know these new literbikes are more bike than anyone needs on the street but isn't that what literbikes are all about? Are you going to say that the other companies should fall in line with Honda and make their GSXR, R1, and ZXR1000 less powerful and heavier or that the CBR1000RR is a better bike because it is less powerful and that they focus more on the overall package or on their build quality?
We all know Honda can make such a bike, look at the RCV 211, the origional Blade, etc. Sure, I like my Blade and it was was a fantastic bike when it came out but they have been using the same motor on the Blade for about a decade now. I'd like to see a bit more innovation from Honda, something that is truely origional that is quite revolutionary. I see the other companies doing it, taking chances, but I've got to admit that Honda is becoming quite the cookie cutter company.
Sorry about the big ass rant but I guess I just needed to say it.