Re: Info on the 06 1000
Full EURO3 Exhaust Emissions Compliance
For 2006, the CBR1000RR Fireblade features Honda’s advanced oxygen-sensing HECS3 pollution control system to minimise both the production and exhaust of such harmful chemical by-products as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC) and nitrous oxides (NOX). The system also features a 300-hole active catalyser element for a greatly expanded catalytic surface area that further ensures low emissions to easily comply with the latest EURO-3 emissions regulations.
New Narrower and Lighter Weight Radiator
Ensuring that the CBR1000RR Fireblade maintains a cool head in the performance and temperature extremes of high performance, especially as associated with racing, is a large-volume aluminium radiator that seems to take up the entire area behind the front wheel. Attention paid to the shape of the radiator achieved weight savings of approximately 500g, which combine with its new hoses to reduce weight by nearly 700g.
The CBR1000RR Fireblade burst onto the streets and Superbike racing scene in 2004 with an all-new gravity die-cast aluminium frame and advanced Unit Pro-Link rear suspension system taken directly from Honda’s famed RC211V MotoGP racer.
Gripping its powerful engine in a stressed-member diamond configuration that contributes to ’Blade’s exceptional handling stability, this frame features light weight and a relatively simple, organic design. Its Unit Pro-Link rear suspension helps achieve lighter weight frame construction and smooth handling characteristic without transmitting rear wheel stresses to the frame.
Fine-Tuned Steering Geometry
For its new second generation, the Fireblade’s chassis and frame required very little in the way of major modifications or improvements, but instead received a host of small but still important changes that add up to a significant upgrade in overall handling ease and smoother response to rider input.
First, although the ’Blade’s front suspension, with its highly responsive inverted, fully adjustable cartridge-type front fork, remain essentially unchanged, the steering head’s caster angle was reduced by a mere quarter of a degree, from 23 degrees, 45 minutes to 23 degrees, 30 minutes, for a reduction in trail from 102mm to 100mm that helps sharpen steering response and overall handling.
Next, to complement the rear sprocket’s new final ratio, the swingarm was reduced in length by 5mm, which combines with the reduced caster angle to shorten the chassis’ wheelbase by 10mm, from 1,410mm to 1,400mm.
Front and rear suspension settings remain virtually unchanged, with full pre-load, compression and rebound adjustability the order of the day for a competitive World Superbike challenger. One small change was made, however, to the ’Blade’s innovative Unit-Pro-Link rear damper in the form of a lighter new aluminium spring pre-load adjuster ring to replace the steel piece used on the current model’s damper.
New, Larger Front Brake Rotors
The Fireblade’s superbly responsive radial-mount front disc brakes have been increased in diameter from 310mm to 320mm, for a significant increase in braking power and a greatly enhanced feel of brake control. In order to keep unsprung weight down, the thickness of the rotors was also reduced from 5mm to 4.5mm, resulting in a total reduction of 300g in weight.
Also lightening the chassis’ unsprung weight is a smaller and lighter new rear brake calliper.
Lighter Exhaust System
In the further interests of minimising weight, even the 4-into-2-into-1 titanium and stainless steel exhaust system was revised in construction, trimming over 600g from its pipes, 480g from the servo-controlled exhaust valve, and an additional 380g from the ‘Centre’-Up’ silencer located under the seat, which not only reduces overall vehicle weight, but also contributes to the Fireblade’s enhanced mass centralisation and swifter cornering control.
At the tail end of the exhaust system, the current model’s three-piece decorative cover has been changed to a single moulded resin piece for a simpler and more attractive design, as well as lighter weight.
The new 2006 Fireblade continues as the only motorcycle on the road equipped with its highly advanced Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), the revolutionary electro-hydraulic unit mounted directly atop its steering head that helps maintain its smoothly predictable high-speed handling. Unlike other designs of steering dampers, HESD automatically adjusts itself for both vehicle speed and rate of acceleration, firming up gradually as speed increases to dampen and minimise sudden changes in attitude, such as might occur when encountering a large bump in a high-speed corner.
What really sets it apart, though, is its operation at low speeds. Here, its damping valve is fully opened to permit such free and unencumbered movement that it feels as if there is no damper attached at all. Offering an exceptional level of technological sophistication and seamless operation, the Honda Electronic Steering Damper effectively demonstrates Honda’s commitment to pursuing advancements in riding ease and comfort, even in such a competitive Super Sports machine as the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
The new 2006 CBR1000RR Fireblade is also being released with an assortment of optional parts that have been specially designed and produced by Honda Access Corporation to improve upon aspects of its performance, comfort and security. These include:
• A motion-and vibration-sensitive AVERTO security system that emits a piercing wail if tampering is detected.
• A locking moulded plastic rear cowl that installs in place of the pillion pad for a more singularly sporty and purposefully competitive look on par with the CBR’s highly competitive level of performance.
• A tilting tubular steel rear maintenance stand that lifts the motorcycle by the end of its swingarm.
• Indoor-type motorcycle cover that protects the Fireblade from grime and scuffs and other minor damage, as well as keeping it out of sight of potential thieves and tamperers.
• An adhesive 3-piece tank pad that protects the fuel tank’s painted finish against damage from belt buckles and other hard objects.
• A set of two screen-printed ABS scuff pads for protection of the edges of the painted seat cowl.
• A windscreen offering enhanced wind protection for most riders.
• A tamper-resistant barrel key U-lock designed to be easily carried in the compact Ulock carrier space located under the pillion pad.