2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Guide • Total Motorcycle

2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

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2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

Content: ReviewKey featuresFeatures & BenefitsSpecs

2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP: TAKE CONTROL OF THE TRACK.

Introducing the 2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP…

Since its original 1992 introduction, Honda’s iconic Fireblade has evolved into an incredible 1000cc sports motorcycle. Leaning heavily on the engine and chassis technology of the RC213V-S ‘street-legal MotoGP machine’, with aerodynamics drawn from the RC213V MotoGP bike, the Fireblade is designed from the ground up – in terms of engine, handling and aerodynamics – for pure , outright track performance.

2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features


The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP has been created from the ground up with heavy input from the HRC MotoGP development program. The engine and chassis technology lean heavily on that of the RC213V-S ‘Street legal MotoGP machine’, with aerodynamics drawn from the RC213V MotoGP bike. The Fireblade SP engine, handling and aerodynamics are built for outright track performance.

2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Reduced friction

The engine’s durability has been improved by reducing internal friction, the cam lobes are now coated in Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) – similar to the RC213V-S. This is the first time this process has been used on a mass-production motorcycle. The cylinders also feature a built-in bottom bypass which circulates cool water from the radiator into the main water jacket, while the area below uses non-cooled water. The outcome is a lower, more even temperature at all points across the bores for less distortion and friction.

Semi cam gear train

The valve train is driven by a semi-cam gear train system. To drive such high-RPM/high-cam lift performance the chain is driven from the timing gear located on the crank shaft via the cam idle gear – making it shorter in length and reducing weight.

Ram air induction

A ram air duct located in the front fairing tip feeds through the headstock, around the steering stem and into the airbox; this smooth path is made possible by the application of Honda’s Smart Key System. The area of ​​the opening for this system is equivalent to that of the RC213V MotoGPTM machine and it’s design provides high ram pressure in a stable manner at a wide range of speeds. For 2023, intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels and exhaust mid section were revised to deliver extra mid-corner acceleration and drive.

Akrapovic exhaust

The 4-2-1 exhaust downpipes have optimized diameters and oval cross section to improve gas flow. The smaller, lightweight titanium exhaust muffler was developed in conjunction with Akrapovic, to help deliver both low-rpm torque and high-rpm power; a valve stopper helps stop exhaust gas leak when closed while also reducing noise, allowing the mufflers total internal volume to be reduced by 38%.

Throttle by wire

Throttle By Wire (TBW) has been enhanced for faster response through a range of part throttle applications – such as gradual opening as you exit a corner – minimizing any delay in torque delivery. It’s derived from the RC213V-S to provide more linear delivery and puts precise throttle control – and a natural feel – in the rider’s right hand.

Riding modes

Three default riding modes feature options to change the engines output and character. Power (P), Engine Brake (EB), Wheelie control (W) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) can all be adjusted within the modes. The Fireblade SP is also equipped with Start Mode for race starts.

Wheelie Control

Honda Selectable Torque Control

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) adjusts through 9 levels plus off. HSTC has been updated for smoother, more intuitive grip management, helping to deliver maximum rider confidence.

Rider on start mode while racing on 2023 CRF1000R-R Fireblade SP

Start mode

The RR-R SP is also equipped with Start Mode for race starts. It limits the engine RPMs at 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000 RPM set-points, even with a wide-open throttle, helping the rider focus on clutch release (and lights) alone. A quickshifter is also fitted as standard, with performance optimized for racing performance and reliability.

Aluminum diamond frame

The aluminum diamond-style frame uses the rear of the engine as the upper shock mount; the swing arm is longer and based on the RC213V-S design. The rigidity balance, weight distribution and steering geometry have been carefully adjusted to improve stability, handling and traction

Bosch six-axis IMU

A six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) provides a 3D estimation of riding dynamics and provides input to manage all of the electronic systems. The (IMU) also controls the new Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).

Honda Electronic Steering Damper

Equipped with Showa’s Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD). A lightweight through-rod design that mounts on the bottom of the steering stem and attaches to the bottom yoke, HESD is controlled by input from the wheel speed sensors and IMU; 3 levels of control are available.

Öhlins Smart Electronically Controlled (Smart-EC) suspension

The RR-R SP features semi-active Öhlins Electronically Controlled suspension (Smart-EC) with 43 mm Öhlins NPX forks and TTX36 shock. This suspension works in conjunction with the Öhlins Object Based Tuning interface (OBTi) to offer finer adjustment of settings.

Brembo brakes

Brembo Stylema four-piston radial mount brake calipers are operated by a Brembo master cylinder and brake lever. The 5 mm thick, 330 mm diameter discs helps to efficiently dissipate heat. The rear brake caliper is the same Brembo unit used by the RC213V-S.

Rear lift control

Rear lift control and ABS-managed brake force relative to lean angle boost confidence on turn-in. The system features two switchable modes; SPORT mode focuses on road-riding performance, with high braking force and less pitching, while TRACK mode offers performance in braking from much higher circuit speeds.

Improved aerodynamics

The RR-R SP’s aggressive fairing design was no mere styling exercise; the goal in development was to create class-leading drag coefficient and restrict lift under acceleration while improving braking stability. This was achieved by adding an aerodynamic fairing, windscreen and mudguard and the fuel tank cover was lowered by 45 mm (compared to the previous design) to allow for a more compact riding position.

Increased downforce

To help generate downforce at track speeds – and maintain the smallest possible frontal area – the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP employs winglet structures that effectively generate the same downforce as the RC213V MotoGPTM machine. The results are a reduction in wheelies under acceleration and increased stability on braking and corner entry.

Customizable TFT display

Fully customizable, full color 5-inch TFT display offers intuitive control, operated via a simplified four-way switch on the left handlebar.

Honda smart key system

With the addition of the Honda Smart Key System, the ignition now operates without having to insert a key, as does handlebar lock. Adding convenience in day-to-day use and has allowed for the use of a competition-style top yoke while freeing up space for the ram air system.

LED lighting

The RR-R SP is fitted with bright LED headlights and taillight.

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2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

engine & drivetrain

engine type

Liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder



Bore & Stroke

81mm x 48.5mm

compression ratio


Valve Train

Chain-driven DOHC, four valves per cylinder

fuel delivery

PGM-DSFI – Dual Stage Fuel Injection with 52 mm throttle bodies


6-speed (with quick shifter)

final drive

#520 O ring sealed chain (16T/43T)

Chassis & Suspension

front suspension

43 mm telescopic inverted fork Öhlins NPX Smart Electronically Controlled suspension (Smart-EC) with preload, compression and rebound adjustments; 114 mm (4.5 in) travel.

rear suspension

Pro-Link with gas-charged Öhlins TTX36 Smart-EC single shock featuring preload, compression and rebound adjustments; 143 mm (5.6 in) travel.

Additional information


Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 200/55-ZR17


Front: Dual 330mm discs with 4-piston Brembo Stylema radial-mount calipers
Rear: Single 220mm disc with 2-piston Brembo caliper

ABS system

2-channel ABS with switchable SPORT/TRACK modes

Seat Height

830mm (32.7in)


1,460mm (57.5in)

curb weight

201 kg (443 lb.)

fuel capacity

16.1 litres



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