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    2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade spied!

    It was all the way back in 2008 when the CBR1000RR got its last full overhaul, but new photographs from the Grobnik racetrack in Croatia reveal a heavily revised CBR apparently ready to launch at this fallís motorcycle shows.

    Visually, we can see new bodywork from front to rear, including a headlight design similar to the recently unveiled CBR250RR that includes LED daytime running lights to meet the latest Euro 4 regulations. The paint and colorway borrows from its Africa Twin brother. The current CBRís under-engine muffler is replaced by an exhaust with a separate canister, part of whatís necessary to meet Euro 4 emissions regs. At the rear is a much tidier tailsection and a new tag hanger.

    From there, itís difficult to say for certain whatís changed on the CBRís chassis. The frame itself appears very similar to the existing model, and the swingarm too. In fact, nearly all of the bikeís underpinnings look very similar to the current CBR1000RR. An inverted fork remains up front, presumably a Showa Big-Piston Fork, but itís not Showaís Balance Free Fork seen on the latest Kawasaki ZX-10R. Wheels and brakes look similar to the current Fireblade as well Ė and not the SP model due to its lack of Brembo stoppers and Ohlins suspenders. If these pictures are, in fact, of a new CBR1000RR, then the bike might be merely an evolution, not a revolution, of the current model.

    The engine architecture looks very similar to the current CBR, down to the case-cover bolt patterns, although thereís only so many ways to bolt together an inline-Four powerplant with a stacked transmission gearset. Weíll assume itíll incorporate ride-by-wire technology thatíll easily enable a choice of ride modes and traction-control settings. Whatever the internal changes, an uprated CBR1000RR will need to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 rear-wheel horsepowerto be competitive with its rivals. Doing so would match the the latest ZX-10R and top the Yamaha R1 by seven. Ten more horses would put it firmly in contention with the Europeans.

    Interestingly, the bike in these photos is equipped with wheel-speed sensors in the brake rotors that are much smaller than the ones typically used for traction-control and ABS systems, the latter a requirement of European streetbikes in 2017; the former because every new literbike must have the latest in electronic rider aids. The new Fireblade, as itís called in Europe, is sure to have state-of-the-art electronics to match up with the contemporary systems used by Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati and others.

    Wheel-speed sensors are becoming less obvious as technology progresses. On the right is the previous CBR.

    Drawing firm conclusions from spy photos is always problematic, and itís even more so when the circumstances surrounding the images seem a bit odd. For example, the pics indicate the CBR was being photographed for photos and video. However, if this was an official product shoot, the bikeís headlights wouldnít be covered in tape and rearview mirrors would be installed. Perhaps the tape would be removed and mirrors installed while shooting later in the dayÖ?

    Also, photographer Sandro Rubinic says he nabbed the pictures from outside Grobnikís track fence, however, the images from around the pit-lane area look almost like he was inside the trackís boundaries when he shot them.

    Could this be a case of an old motorcycle getting a pair of new clothes, or is it a whole new motorcycle cribbing heavily from its progenitor? Full details will be revealed at this fallís European moto shows, either at Germanyís Intermot October 5-9 (or October 4 if youíre a member of the media) or at EICMA in Italy during the first week of November.
    Source: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...spy-shots.html
    2010 Hyosung GT650
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    Teaser video released an hour ago!

    2010 Hyosung GT650
    2014 Hyosung GT650R

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    MCN seem to have more insight on the matter, that or they make up a lot of stuff:

    Honda will release a new CBR1000RR Fireblade for 2017, and these spy shots of a production-ready bike being ridden on track in Croatia last week finally reveal more about how the CBR will look, and the mechanical changes that will underpin its assault on the superbike crown.

    The 2016 version of the Fireblade dynasty couldn’t continue into 2017 as the model is not Euro4 compliant, and as one of the very last bastions of relatively technology-free superbikes, the Blade also now looks decidedly out of date against its peers.

    Three new Blades
    Currently available in standard and a higher spec SP form, the 2017 line-up will also boast a customer race-spec version, taking the Fireblade family to three models. It’s unclear how these models will be named beyond CBR1000RR Fireblade, but various leaked documents and insider comments have referred to them as SP-1 and SP-2 for the road models – which might simply be internal codes for the models, but may also make it on to the fairings as a nod to the previous HRC-developed V-twin superbikes from the Noughties.

    Electronics revolution
    MCN’s research all points to a family of new Fireblades that break with the firm’s historical reluctance to festoon their flagship superbike with electronics. All the evidence points to an extensive electronics package, while the firm also look set to ditch some of their own tech in favour of third-party solutions. Lead amongst the casualties appears to be the C-ABS system, which – while effective – is very heavy, and a step or three behind the systems available from German braking system giants Bosch. So it’s little surprise that our sources suggest the 2017 Fireblade will use the Bosch 9ME Plus system, which delivers combined anti-lock braking with traction control, anti-wheelie, and Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), all governed by the six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) already being used by the Fireblade’s rivals. It’s also understood some of the electronic controls from the road-legal MotoGP rep RC213V-S will be put in place on the Fireblade. This will include selectable torque control, engine braking control and power modes.

    Mass reduction
    The retirement of Honda’s C-ABS will contribute to a significant reduction in weight, suggested to be as much as 10kg, making the 2017 model around 5% lighter than the 2016 version – reducing kerb mass to around 200kg.

    The bike seen on track in Croatia appears to be the base model – as it boasts none of the high-spec parts that sources suggest will be present on the flagship road version. The biggest visual clue to the spec is the more basic suspension. The top-spec version is expected to boast semi-active ÷hlins suspension, while this bike is clearly running a Showa Big Piston Fork, as fitted to the current model. Interestingly, considering the spec of its competitors, Honda
    appear not to have opted for the Balance Free Fork fitted to Kawasaki’s ZX-10R – and expected to appear on other 2017 superbikes – which could point to how keenly the base model Fireblade will be priced.

    Although many elements of the new bike are instantly recognisable – such as the frame and the identical looking swingarm and wheels, there are many mechanical changes. These include a huge new ram-air system utilising a new headstock intake, a new airbox, a revised fuel injection system and a lot of work undertaken on the engine to reduce internal friction.

    Road and race
    The airbox modifications are important to the increased performance, which is partly needed to offset the increased tightening of emissions regulations – which are also responsible for the enlarged, reshaped, and repositioned exhaust. It will also benefit from ride-by-wire throttle control, which is a first for Honda on the Fireblade.

    These changes have been done with both road and track performance improvements in mind. While the Blade has always been pitched as a road-orientated machine, racing is of crucial importance to the firm.

    Aesthetically, the biggest immediate giveaway that this is the new model is the redesigned face of the Blade. Sharper and more focused than the outgoing model, it boasts a clear family resemblance to the CBR250RR Honda unveiled last month. The headlamps comprise a completely new quad-LED lighting system, which appeared to be being used by Honda’s endurance racing teams at Suzuka last month. The bike spied on track has the same headlamp profile, although the headlamp has been carefully taped over, making it impossible to see any detail.

    Evolution game
    The frame looks far more substantial, but this is in part due to redesigned fairings which expose more of the frame. However, we do expect the frame to be lighter and stronger than the outgoing model’s. Race teams have asked Honda for greater chassis control, and with so much of the bike’s development aimed at race success, it’s unlikely that Honda have failed to deliver on this. The rest of the fairing design appears to follow the outgoing model closely, while sharpening and reducing the bodywork in every area to deliver a more angular, and
    European looking stance.

    This may be an evolution rather than a revolution, but the ingredients are there for the result to be far greater than the sum of its changes – and the top-spec SP is certain to move the dial far more effectively than the slightly apologetic outgoing model could ever have hoped to.

    Both road versions are expected to be officially revealed at this year’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany – while the customer spec track version will arrive shortly after. We’ll bring you the whole story in the October 5 edition of MCN.

    Shock tactics
    This appears to be the lower spec base model, with Showa’s Big Piston Fork, and matching shock. Both will be fully adjustable, while the top spec model is expected to gain ÷hlins semi-active suspension.

    Race ready
    While the main frame looks near-identical, we expect it will offer more rigidity, giving race teams more control at the cutting edge of superbike racing.

    Sound system
    The much-enlarged system allows for a larger catalytic converter, and sound control. It’s very similar in size to the new item featured on Suzuki’s GSX-R1000.

    Euro flavor
    Sharper, and more minimalist, the fairings feature large cutaways on each flank, exposing much more of the main frame. The fairings and tail unit all appear far more European in taste, which is hardly a shock considering the shift in buyers’ tastes towards European bikes.

    Heart of the matter
    Not an all-new unit, but the existing motor has been given a thorough overhaul to bring it into line with Euro4 requirements. It will be cleaner, more efficient, and more powerful, while we don’t expect it to match the current class leader’s 200bhp output.

    Source: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/n...lade-revealed/
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    2014 Hyosung GT650R

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