How the CBR1000RR compares to the current crop of LITERBIKES:
Different "schools of thought" on this subject.
In one corner, you have the armchair racers who like to argue "specs". These guys typically don't even own or ride a literbike. Some of them don't even own a motorcycle at all. These guys like to tell you how NECESSARY all the new "electronic rider aids" are, and how the bike isn't worth a $hit unless it's making 200hp to the rear wheel.
In the OTHER corner... are guys like ME.
Guys who don't do the "track thing". Guys who want a good VALUE. Guys who don't want or need "the latest electronic rider aids". Guys who appreciate a reliable, refined machine that has been patiently and methodically improved incrementally over many years.
As we have ALL seen from the new YAMAHA R1.... radical changes sometimes take a step BACKWARDS.
( Transmission gear RECALL fiasco! )
Test-riders who have ridden the latest generation FIREBLADE on the track and the street all say the Fireblade may not have the latest electronic-rider-aids package that the other literbikes have, but the chassis is so well-sorted out, it doesn't NEED it! The engine in the current Fireblade also makes excellent "useable" power where you want it most: in the MIDRANGE.
Too many of the newest crop of literbikes make their fancy horsepower numbers ABOVE 10,000 rpm's. If I wanted to ride around town at 10,000 rpm's... I would have bought a 600!
One thing that hurts the FIREBLADE top HP numbers is the fact that HONDA chose to limit the top-end power through the ECU above 10,000 rpm's. IF you see a HP/TORQUE dyno chart for all the new literbikes, you will see the FIREBLADE actually makes MORE power than most of the other bikes below 10,000. This includes the fancy new R1!
The "peak HP" number is less on the Fireblade, because of the ECU restriction. That's it! GOOD NEWS is: you want to fix that little problem? It's very easy to do. You just buy a $80 BAZZAZ Z-BOMB, and plug it in!
The Z-Bomb gets rid of the top-end ECU restriction, and the Fireblade makes 10 more HP on the TOP-END.
Lastly... we come to PRICE. The "price" is all about the "value". Bang-for-the-buck.
What can I buy a NEW CBR1000RR OTD for right now?
A he!! of a lot CHEAPER than I can buy a ZX10R, R1, or anything from Europe!
Dealers are willing to deal on a Fireblade, because they aren't the "latest and greatest" trendy thing going right now.
Don't even think about a Ducati literbike. OUCH.
New Fireblades can be bought for around $12,000 OTD.
Cheaper if you really take your time and shop around.
You won't touch a new R1 or a new ZX10R for anywhere near $12k OTD.
Last I checked, ZX10R and R1 was no less than $16k OTD.
I can do alot with an extra $4,000 bucks!
It really depends on what you want, and what you are willing to PAY to get it.
I ride for fun, I don't "track".
The CBR1000RR is perfect for ME! It's more bike than I would ever really need, and nothing I DON'T want!
It looks amazing, is super reliable, easier to work on than a Euro-bike, cheaper to own and maintain, FAST as $hit!
What would a new R1 or ZX10R give me that my Fireblade can't give me? NOTHING!
( Nothing except less money in my bank account, because those other bikes COST MORE! )