2011 Honda CBR1000RR ABS

There are sports bikes and supersport bikes and hypersport bikes and then there are strictly track racers which for some reason have a license plate bracket. The 2011 Honda CBR1000RR ABS certainly falls into the last category as it is such an overwhelmingly outrageous racing motorcycle that it truly belongs only on the track and not the street. After all, what are you really going to do with your CBR1000RR ABS on public highways? Obey the speed limits? So when are you ever going to use third gear, let alone fourth, fifth and sixth gears?

Since the consideration of the streetability of the CBR1000RR ABS is truly a fool's errand, let's concentrate on the astounding pure performance this latest Honda masterpiece. The extremely oversquare 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder has a bore and stroke of 76 mm x 55.1 mm, and is able to coax out a few thousand horsepower out of a 12.3:1 compression ratio which is considerably lower than many of its competitors. That's one good reason to buy a CBR1000RR ABS: you can run it on pump gas and not racing fuel.

As is current racing practice the CBR1000RR ABS has a minimal rake of 23.3 inches on its 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with 4.3 inches of travel. The rear is also a fairly standard configuration with a Pro-Link single shock that allows 5.4 inches of travel. The tires are 120/70ZR-17 on the front and 190/50ZR-17 on the rear, and of course the massive dual ABS radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs on the front are precisely what you want to rely on when you've just sailed through the Curva Grande at Monza and passed the little jiggle at Variante della Roggia on the way to standing on the binders to veer into the first tight Curva di Lesmo.

Honda knows that it's usually good practice to leave well enough alone, so the changes for the 2011 model year are minimal, and limited generally to a new muffler cover and an increased diameter flywheel. At least they're acknowledging the absurdity of keeping this amphetamine-fueled demon on the public roads by featuring a license plate bracket that can easily be removed: By either the rider or the highway patrol.

The CBR1000RR ABS is the bike you want to ride for pink slips against Max Biaggi. It pushes the limits of racing motorcycling to such an extreme, unprecedented, and uber-stimulating zenith that Giacomo Agostini and Kenny Roberts are currently scouring Florida for that pesky fountain of youth just so they can ride this thing. However, it has to be admitted that the 2011 Honda CBR1000RR ABS is as much a good street motorcycle as a NASA rocket booster is a good school bus. On the track, it's a guaranteed winner. On the street, it's just absurd.

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    2011 Honda CBR1000RR ABS At A Glance

    Base MSRP:
    Engine Displacement: 999 cc
    Engine Type: liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
    Bore & Stroke: 76mm x 55.1mm
    Induction Type: Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
    Ignition Type: Computer-controlled digital
    Compression Ratio: 12.3:1
    Valve Train Type: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
    Transmission Type: Close-ratio six-speed
    Final Drive Type: #530 O-ring - sealed chain
    Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
    Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17 radial
    Wheelbase: 55.4 inches
    Saddle Height: 32.3 inches
    Curb Dry Weight: 439 pounds
    Fuel Capacity (US): 4.7 gallons
    * Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released

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