The Honda CBR1000RR SP2 – Limited Production Series

More Details On The Honda CBR1000RR SP2 Special Edition

Updated August 14, 2018

If Honda’s all new CBR1000RR SP1 wasn’t enough for you, then perhaps the CBR1000RR SP2 might get your seal of approval instead… As a homologation special, and with only 500 units being made specifically for race purposes, the CBR1000RR SP2 may be out of the reach of us mere mortals, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire it…or see what Honda have done, and steal their ideas for our own customer level CBRs…

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So what makes this homologation special different from the other SP model? Well, apart from wearing the HRC badge of honor, it also comes with some rather special upgrades and additions. Visually, the SP2’s appearance is a tiny bit more “sporty,” featuring carbon pattern insets, gold striping and some other minor visual enhancements. The Marchesini rims are also given a subtle color pop, but they do more than just add a bit of spice to the machine, they reduce wheel inertia considerably: 18% up front, and 9% at the rear. But it’s the engine and HRC’s race kits that we’re here to talk about…

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The CBR1000RR SP2 retains a lot of the SP1’s engine characteristics, including the 76mm bore, but there are subtle differences: the cylinder hear runs larger intake and exhaust valves. Revised valve shapes, combustion chambers and elongated spark plugs are also thrown into the mix, along with a new piston designs too. Almost all of the fancy changes are derivative from the RC213V, and that’s quite a boast.

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However, if you want to make the most out of this limited edition race machine, you’d probably want to get involved with HRC kits.

The CBR1000RR SP2 HRC Race Kit includes some serious competition-ready upgrades: these upgrades include a race ECU and, a titanium exhaust, a revised swingarm, new cylinder components, an upgraded braking system, and a simplified and minimized wiring harness. Naturally, this bike is not for road use…

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The SP2 also has a CBR1000RR SP2 Sport Kit option, which comes with HRC camshafts, valve springs, a specific Race ECU, and a full exhaust system. These components promise that any rider will make the most of the engine’s full performance. Not on the road though… this is competition only, remember?

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With only 500 available, I doubt we’ll be seeing many of these in the flesh…So, enjoy these pictures instead!


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