Honda today released official photos of the 2009 CBR1000RR Fireblade, now featuring the traditional Repsol paint job that doesn’t seem to be getting any less attractive despite lukewarm results from the Repsol Honda MotoGP team this year.
The bigger news of course is that the Combined ABS braking system is now an option, as it is on this year’s CBR600RR. The system is both anti-lock and anti-pitch, as the complex electronics within manage the proportion of braking force between the front and rear wheels to minimise weight-shift onto the front wheel and keep the rear on the ground as long as possible under hard braking.
The Combined ABS system is accommodated in a new undertray design that bulges down under the seat further than the standard model does. The brake calipers, as on the 600RR, are a golden brown, as opposed to the black calipers of the non-ABS models. The system will be standard on all 250cc+ Hondas in coming years, so it’s just as well that Motorcycle USA reports it’s both effective and unobtrusive in early testing.
More subdued black and blue models will also hit the stores, and the non-ABS version will have a white/red/blue HRC team paint job available.leave a response, or trackback from your own site.