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2008 Honda CBR1000RR Review


Ah, a new Honda literbike. Lighter, of course. Faster, too. And with a bit more than 110 horsepower making its way to the rear wheel, this CBR is a rocket!

"Huh? Dude, the 2008 CBR1000RR better have more power than that!"

Indeed it does, but I was flashing back a decade to the first press launch of my motojournalist career. The changes made to the 1998 CBR900RR made it the best big CBR ever, and I was awed by how fast yet controllable that new scalpel was.

Now, a little more than 10 years later, Iím again in the seat of the best literbike Honda has yet crafted. Compared to the RR I rode in '98, it weighs less and has nearly 50 additional horses.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was the estimable location this time around, and my day lapping the historic NorCal circuit proved this clean-sheet-design double-R performs at a level beyond its two-year-old predecessor, never mind the seemingly docile 10-year-old one. I came into this sessions already thrilled with the stellar new ZX-10R Kawasaki I rode last month in Qatar. To even rank in that league, the CBR needed to be something special. It is.

A phalanx of CBRs with tire warmers sit on stands, resplendent in five different color combinations, greeted us sitting in the same pit stalls the MotoGP teams use each July. This '08 model, dubbed internally as MFL (previously the MEL), has a countenance that polarizes opinions. Gone are most of the sharp creases of the MEL, replaced with arching curves that suggest a more organic bent. Some dig it; some donít.


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ugly in pictures but sexy in motion. cant wait to see one up close!
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blah...looks like chit

can't believe the same company made that and the 600RR...
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It's OK ....after watching the vid in the link, the front of it reminds me of Barbra Streisand's nose.
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It's OK ....after watching the vid in the link, the front of it reminds me of Barbra Streisand's nose.
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i understand their trying to be innovative w/ the design... but... too soon.

i'll keep drooling over the 600 til they get this liter fixxed.
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I actually got to see it in may and didn't even know what i was looking at! LOL but saw a few over the last weekend and its okay- not liking the fairings on it but i do like the signal lights on the side mirrors. that is cool to me.
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It looks much better in person, believe me. Feels decent too, but it's very "compact." Good for the track, and not uncomfortably small for an hour or two, but forget it after that.

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its slowly growing on me, only cause i want to see it in track plastics



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its slowly growing on me, only cause i want to see it in track plastics
slowly growing on me too. cmon we're talkin bout honda here, theyre pretty much a leading company in all their markets. i'm sure their design team had that in mind...
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slowly growing on me too. cmon we're talkin bout honda here, theyre pretty much a leading company in all their markets. i'm sure their design team had that in mind...
I'd say they're in the top 3 of what ever they do... but not leading...

personally I like honda... good products... and I'm sure the 1000RR is a bad ass bike... I just think it's ugly... but could look worse... look at the new ZX10R
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I'd say they're in the top 3 of what ever they do... but not leading...

personally I like honda... good products... and I'm sure the 1000RR is a bad ass bike... I just think it's ugly... but could look worse... look at the new ZX10R
especially when it comes to motorcycle and car markets, top 3 IS leading...but u're right i don't know any sportbike uglier than the zx-10!
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the biggest flaw, is the way they shaped the fairings. they make the bike look way too tall from the side, and the headlights arent as aggressive looking as past models. I thoroughly dug the 1kRR of 06/07, they just looked mean as hell. this looks like a girly bike without tassles.
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I posted this in the Honda Forum room also. Hopfully it sheds a little light onto why Honda did what they did.

I agree that they new stylings of the CBR are a little...well different. But after seeing the videos and reading as many reviews as I can lay my eyes on, it really does made sense. The reason for all the curves and lack of angles it to reduce "form drag". This form drag is caused whenever you have an intersecting angle, with a 90 degree angle causing the most drag. With sharp angles, the airflow over the bike goes from a smooth fast laminar flow (good) to a slow turbulent airflow (bad) because the two intersecting planes (and therefore 2 different direction of airflow) meet and cause the turbulent flow. Thus causing the bike to be slowed down. Also, having protruding angles increases drag because areas of high and low pressure are formed, much like how an airplane flies, and (to make a long complicated explanation short) because of this pressure differential drag increases.

Now, Honda claims the smooth edges will help aerodynamics of controllability and maneuverability. I think 90% of the population will probably never reep the benefits of this because in order to truely feel a difference you probably have to be bookin around a corner at 80-90 MPH. But for the track day goers/racers out there, any addition of maneuverability would be a huge plus!

Hope this lends a little method to the madness. I personally liked the 06-07 design better at first, but the 08 has really grown on me! So much so, that I sold my old bike in preperation to buy an 08 cbr! Ill take mine in red and black please!
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I actually got to see it in may and didn't even know what i was looking at! LOL but saw a few over the last weekend and its okay- not liking the fairings on it but i do like the signal lights on the side mirrors. that is cool to me.

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