2024 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP First Look

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Winglets, upgraded engine and chassis aim for World Superbike success.

Honda means business in 2024, and has given the CBR1000RR-R SP a host of changes to help it find its way to the front in World Superbike and international competition.Honda

Back in July we commented on Japanese rumors that the Honda CBR1000RR-R was getting updates including new front winglets for 2024—now those updates have proved true, but they’re just the start of the changes to next year’s CBR1000RR-R.

As rumored, Honda has given the 2024 CBR1000RR-R SP MotoGP-inspired winglets.Honda

Updates to the 2024-and-beyond CBR1000RR-R SP have been revealed at EICMA in Milan, including the new-look winglets on the fairing that are claimed to offer the same downforce as before but with less impact on the weight of the steering. But under the slight visual tweaks there are much more in-depth updates.

While there are obvious changes to the appearance of the CBR1000RR-R SP, there are a lot more changes under its skin.Honda

The engine, for instance, gets a new cylinder head with more compression, up from an already-high 13.4:1 to 13.6:1, as well as revised camshafts with different duration and lift, new valve springs, and revised ports. Deeper in the motor, the crankshaft pin and journal diameters are changed, saving a remarkable pound of inertial mass. The connecting rods are lighter too, and another 0.55 pound has been removed from the crankcases.

The SP’s engine gets a bunch of updates including a higher compression ratio, revised cams and valvetrain, updated crankshaft and rods.Honda

The intake system is completely new, with a twin-motor throttle-by-wire system that controls the cylinders in two pairs. Cylinders one and two are controlled by one throttle motor, cylinders three and four by the other, allowing their throttles to be opened and closed separately to give improved response and to add an extra layer of engine-braking control. The nine-level traction control system has also been tweaked for 2024.

In performance terms, the engine’s peak power remains at claimed 215 crankshaft horsepower, but it arrives slightly lower in the rev range at 14,000 rpm, while peak torque of 83.3 lb.-ft. comes at 12,000 rpm.

Claimed power is 215 hp at the crankshaft, but the power arrives slightly lower in the rpm range at 14,000.Honda

The frame might look the same as the current model, but its weight and rigidity are tweaked. There’s less internal ribbing and the thin-wall section of the frame has grown for 2024, cutting its weight by 2.1 pounds. The weight loss is secondary, though, to the increased lateral and torsional flexibility that the changes bring, intended to give a more supple feel. There are riding position changes too, with higher bars and lower pegs than before to give more space and control.

The 2024 SP gets the latest Brembo Stylema R calipers.Honda

As in the past, the SP model has Öhlins electronic suspension, and for 2024 it’s upgraded to the third-generation S-EC3.0 on the 43mm Öhlins NPX fork and TTX 36 shock. The brakes are also improved, gaining the latest Brembo Stylema R calipers.

Third-gen Öhlins S-EC3.0 electronic suspension is used.Honda

Although the winglets are the most visible change, there are other bodywork alterations as well. The fuel tank is bigger than before at 4.4 gallons, but it’s also reshaped to give more space when you’re tucked in and to improve knee grip on the sides.

The fuel tank has been altered to allow the rider to get tucked in more.Honda

Although the 2024 changes aren’t likely to be enough to persuade many existing owners of the 2021 to 2023 model to upgrade, they’re expected to come to the fore in racing, where the CBR1000RR-R SP hasn’t yet managed to achieve the sort of success that Honda’s used to in WSBK competition.

Honda has also introduced a Carbon Edition of the bike in Europe, including carbon bodywork, that drops the bike’s weight by another 2.2 pounds compared to the standard model.

The 2024 CBR1000RR-R SP is available in a Carbon Edition in Europe with c-f bodywork shaving an additional 2.2 pounds off the bike’s weight.Honda

A closer look at the CBR’s TFT display.Honda

The CBR gets an updated frame and chassis for 2024.Honda

A closer look at the Akrapovič exhaust silencer.Honda

2024 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP wheelie action.Honda

2024 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Specs

Engine:DOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke:81.0 x 48.5mm
Compression Ratio:13.6:1
Transmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower:215 hp @ 14,000 rpm
Claimed Torque:83.3 lb.-ft. @ 12,000 rpm
Fuel System:PGM-FI
Clutch:Wet, multiplate
Engine Management/Ignition:Throttle-by-wire, digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Frame:Aluminum twin-tube composite twin spar
Front Suspension:Öhlins 43mm S-EC3.0 NPX USD fork, fully adjustable, 4.9 in. travel
Rear Suspension:Öhlins TTX 36 S-EC3.0 shock, Pro-Link swingarm, fully adjustable, 5.6 in. travel
Front Brake:Brembo Stylema R radial-mount calipers, 330mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake:Brembo 2-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear:17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 6.0 in.
Tires, Front/Rear:120/70ZR-17 / 200/55ZR-17
Rake/Trail:24.7°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase:57.3 in.
Ground Clearance:5.1 in.
Seat Height:32.7 in.
Fuel Capacity:4.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight:443 lb.

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