Intermot 2016 (source: Intermot)

Intermot ’16: Honda Announces Bike with Rider Support Electronic Control System

On 4 October at the Intermot 2016 being held in Cologne, Germany, Honda announced four motorcycles, the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, CB1100EX, and CB1100RS, all of which will utilise a new electronic control system that will help support riders as they drive.

All four models are planned for release on the Japanese market as well.

The new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP/SP2 inherits the concept of “enjoyable handling” from its CBR900RR fore bearer and was designed with an overall lighter weight and higher output. The model has also been newly outfitted with the integrated electronic control system, developed using the RC213V-S as a basis.

Via the mode selection function, riders can adjust different aspects of output using the power selector, selectable engine break, Honda selectable torque control, and even the comprehensive suspension control function. A new ABS system that will detect angle and regulate for stability when banking will also be utilised by the bike.

In addition to this, the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, which uses the SP as a base for a more racing and circuit-oriented bike, utilizes new intake and exhaust valves, a new combustion chamber, and new cylinder heads with specially designed pistons. The bike comes with Marchesini forged aluminium wheels, giving the motorcycle even more of a sporty look.

The CB1100EX/RS, foregoing the gas tanks of old with seam sealing for the flange, utilises a new flangeless fuel tank looks as if it’s handmade. Outfitted with care, the side covers, seat, reflectors, and step holder all have been hand picked for the bike, the designers keeping in mind the joy one feels when owning a motorcycle.

The CB1100EX, while maintaining the traditional form of its predecessors, now comes with LED head and tail lamps. The 18” spoke wheels utilize new hubs with small diameters, aluminium rims, and 40 stainless steel spokes, maintaining the traditional CB brand style.

The CB1100RS, going for a more sporty character, comes with 17” aluminium cast wheels on the front and back with thick tires. Around the rider’s feet are the 2 piece bottom case front fork, radial mount break caliper, reserve take with rear damper, and a newly designed aluminium swing arm.

[Translated by Bryce Clarke]