All-new CBR600RR high lights the 2003 Honda sportbike
range as the outdated
and out classed Open CBR954 awaits a complete redesign scheduled for
offers one of the best power to weight and handling packages in the
Son of the AMA
Formula Xtream Champion
Retail Price $10,599
The 2001AMA Formula
Extreme Champion and what Honda claims to be the best selling Open Class
Sportbike, the CBR929 gets bored out as far as the current engine design
will allow to 954cc for the 2002 season. This is a stop-gap solution
prior to an all new bike with full 1000cc capacity engine expected for
the 2004 seasons, in an all new chassis to stiffen up what is rumored
in racing to be a Flex-i-flyer. But still, you can argue with success
as Kurtis Roberts claimed another Formula Extreme Championship on the
Erion Racing CBR929RR model during the 2001 race season amid stiff competition
from the full 1000cc Yamaha R!s and Suzuki GSXR1000s.
HERE to see Kurtis with his race bike and FastDates Calendar model
SPECIFICATIONS Model: 2002/3 CBR954RR
954cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder Bore and Stroke: 75.0mm x 54.0mm
11.5:1. Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder. Carburetion: PGM-Fuel
Injection with automatic enricher circuit. Ignition: Computer-controlled
digital with three-dimensionalmapping
- Ignition: Computer-controlled
digital with three-dimensional mapping. Honda's Variable Intake/Exhaust
Management System (HVIX(tm)) manages the intake and exhaust charges.
- An intake valve
in the airbox maintains a constant-velocity, variable-volume flow
of cool, fresh air to the PGM-FI system.
- The unique Honda
Titanium Exhaust Valve (HTEV(tm)) located in the exhaust collector
provides the scavenging and power benefits of a 180-degree exhaust
collector design at 0-3000 rpm, and transitions exhaust flow to a
360-degree collector design at 3000-7000 rpm, then combines 180-degree
and 360-degree configurations at engine speeds above 7000 rpm to maintain
maximum power output.
- Round, liquid-cooled
aluminum oil cooler is lightweight and efficient.
Close-ratio six-speed. Final Drive:530 O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION:
Lightweight, twin-spar extruded aluminum frame features a pivotless
swingarm design utilizing a cast aluminum bracket attached to the swingarm
pivots. This combination provides an exceptionally light, tuned-flex
design offering superb road feel and excellent rigidity. Tapered and
braced box-section swingarm provides exceptional lateral and torsional
rigidity. A cast aluminum bracket reaches underneath the swingarm and
attaches to the swingarm pivots, forming a D-shaped swingarm mounting
enclosure that increases the rigidity of the swingarm-to-engine mounting
- Front Suspension:
43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound
and compression-damping adjustability; 4.3-inch travel
- Rear Suspension:
HMAS Pro-Link® single shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping
adjustability; 5.3-inch travel
- Front Brakes:
Dual full-floating 330mm discs with four-piston calipers
- Rear Brake:
Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
- Front Tire:
- Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17
- Wheelbase: 54.9
- Rake (Caster
Angle): 23.45 degrees, Trail: 97.0mm (3.8 inches)
- Seat Height:
- Dry Weight:
- Fuel Capacity:
4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
- Colors: Red/Black,
new 2003 CBR600RR with Fuel Injection
inspired by Honda's RC211MotoGP bike....
Suggested Retail Price: $8,599 availabe March 2003
Engine Type: 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder Bore and Stroke
67.0mm x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1, Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion: Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with three-dimensional
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed Final Drive
#525 O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 45mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound
compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
Rear Suspension: Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload,
and compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
Front Brakes: Dual 310mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial, Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Rake: 24.0 degrees, Trail: 95.0mm (3.7 inches), Wheelbas:e 54.7 inches,
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Dry Weight 370.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Emissions California version meets CARB 2004 emissions
standards. Available Colors
Black, Pearl Yellow, Red/Black
World Superbike Championship
Winning VR1000 ...er RVT?
... no SP2 ...opps
RVT1000R, Suggested retail $10,999
calling it this week somewhere in the world, Honda says the RC51 introduces
affordable Superbike performance to enthusiasts seeking the most powerful,
best-handling V-twin sport bike on the planet. It's just like the bike
that took American Colin Edwards to the 2000 and 2002 World Superbike
titles, except maybe 80 pounds heavier, with 60 fewer horsepower and
$100,000 less costly. Now in its 3rd year of production, the 2002/3
version of the VRT called the SP-2 gets an 11 pound reduction in weight
(what did they leave off it?), a slight boost in engine power, and a
longer swingarm for more stable handling.
Model: RVT1000R Engine Type: 999cc liquid-cooled 90°
V-twin engine is specially designed to withstand the rigors of Superbike
competition. Prodigious power is produced across a broad engine-rpm
band, peaking with 126 bhp at 9000 rpm and 75 lb./ft. of torque at 8000
rpm in street-legal trim. Centrally mounted ram-air intake duct
routes cool, pressurized air directly through the frame's steering head
structure to the 9.0-liter airbox, improving intake efficiency while
slimming the aerodynamic profile. The ram-air duct doubles as a front
cowl stay, shaving 12 ounces off of a conventional mounting system.
- Bore and Stroke:
100mm x 63.6mm Compression Ratio: 10.8:1 Valve Train: DOHC; four valves
per cylinder Carburetion: PGM-FI with two injectors per cylinder Ignition:
Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
- Each cylinder
head features large, 40mm intake and 34mm exhaust valves with a 24-degree
included valve angle. This provides a short, direct path for the air/fuel
charge entering the combustion chamber and results in high power output.
Innovative head gaskets minimize distortion caused by head bolt tightening,
improving sealing performance and maintaining combustion pressure
for consistent high power output in competition conditions.
Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation system ensures high-rpm durability,
and allows 16,000-mile valve maintenance intervals.
camshafts utilize three-axis drive gears to maintain accurate valve
timing and durability at sustained high engine speeds.
programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) delivers fuel at 50 psi to two
injectors per cylinder, mounted opposite each other in huge, 54mm
throttle bodies. Fuel is delivered through four nozzle tips in each
injector, producing a very fine spray and a highly combustible air/fuel
charge for maximum combustion efficiency and power output.
- Cast aluminum
pistons are screen-printed with solid LUB-Coat finish to minimize
friction between the piston and cylinder wall. RC45(tm)-inspired
aluminum composite cylinder sleeves are high-pressure-formed from
sintered aluminum powder impregnated with ceramic and graphite. The
lightweight composite sleeves provide better wear resistance and superior
heat dissipation compared to conventional sleeves. Nutless connecting
rods feature bolts threaded directly into tapped holes in rods. Design
is lighter than conventional bolt-and-nut combination. Carburized
rods provide strength and durability under high loads. Crankshaft
center lubrication system carries oil to main and connecting rod bearings
through passages in the crankshaft as well as conventional journals,
allowing lower main-gallery oil pressure and a smaller oil pump design,
consuming less horsepower at high engine speeds.
CPU provides digital 3-D fuel injection and ignition maps for each
cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for
maximum power and throttle response. Iridium-tipped spark plugs
require less voltage and maintain ignition performance in demanding
dual radiators utilize low pressure of airflow passing over outer
surface of cowling to draw air through from the inside. Side positioning
allows optimal placement of engine for a low center of gravity and
superb handling and permits flow of air to reach cylinders and exhaust
pipes for enhanced cooling efficiency. Aluminum water pump
housing. Air-cooled aluminum oil cooler. Magnesium head
cover, clutch cover, and left rear sprocket cover.
two-into-one-into-two exhaust system with two 5.3-liter canister-style
mufflers featuring a buffed finish. Seven-plate clutch design
is compact and tough, featuring durable friction plate material.
close-ratio six-speed transmission features ratios carefully matched
to the engine's power band. Durable #530 O-ring-sealed drive
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION:
Twin-spar extruded aluminum frame weighs 25.8 pounds
and features a modified Pro Frame(tm) design utilizing a swingarm pivot
that incorporates both engine-crankcase- and frame-mounted pivot points.
The frame sideplates extend underneath the swingarm and join to form
a D-shaped swingarm mounting enclosure. This combination provides an
extremely rigid chassis while offering excellent road feel. Tapered
and braced box-section swingarm provides exceptional lateral and torsional
- 43mm inverted
aluminum-slider Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS(tm)) cartridge fork
features spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability,
l and offers precise action and superb rigidity.
rear suspension features a high-quality 40mm HMAS shock with integrally
cast damper reservoir. Spring preload, rebound, and compression damping
adjustability produce superior rear wheel control, 4.7 inches travel.
- Braking system
features 320mm front discs floating on seven stainless steel pins
with four-piston calipers, and a 220mm rear disc with a single-piston
caliper for exceptional stopping power.
aluminum-alloy wheels have six U-shaped HRC-style spokes and feature
race-spec 3.5-17-inch front and 6.0-17-inch rear dimensions.
- Wheelbase: 55.9
inches Rake (Caster Angle): 24.5° Trail: 101mm (4.0 inches) Seat Height:
32.1 inches Dry Weight: 430 pounds Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including
- Tires Front:
120/70ZR-17 radial; Rear: 190/50R-17 radial
- Color: Red/Metallic
Distinctive bodywork features a dual-headlight design,
a narrow-profile fuel tank, and a single-piece tail section.
Removable aluminum rear subframe. Fuel tank designed with sculpted
indents for knees, arms, and handlebars. Unique bank-angle sensor
shuts off fuel supply to PGM-FI system if the motorcycle tips over,
but is unaffected by bumps and vibration during normal operation.
High-output, 329-watt AC generator. Electrically quieter regulator/rectifier
eliminates interference with sophisticated PGM-FI and ignition circuitry.
Dual-headlight features computer-designed multi-reflectors and
two 55W H7 bulbs behind clear plastic lenses, providing a broad lighting
pattern and superb illumination. Lightweight instrument display
includes electronic LCD tachometer and speedometer, fuel indicator,
odometer, tripmeter, and temperature gauge. 8 Lightweight front brake
lever has a new compact adjuster design and incorporates the return
spring in the master cylinder. Convenient ignition switch/fork
lock for added security. Lightweight, recyclable oil filter cartridge.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty.
Ownership includes one-year complimentary Membership in the Honda Rider's
Club of America. Benefits include discounts, travel benefits, roadside
assistance and much more. For HRCA details, call 1-800-847-HRCA. AVAILABLE
ACCESSORIES Tank pad. Magnetic tank bag (Black). California
version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
2002/3 CB900F, Suggested Retail Price: $7,999
Honda brings back the first generation CBR900RR as a naked bike at a great
price. But we are disappointed that this bike weighs 60 pounds more without
a fairing than the current generation CBR926/954 because it uses the old
style frame and dual mufflers. At least a race style 4-2-1-system would
be 20 lbs. lighter. We also don't like the one color choice available,
the rough dull finish Asphalt Black. Still, we did buy one ourselves.
Read our owner's report at right.
Engine Type: 919cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline four-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 71.0mm x 58.0mm, Compression Ratio: 10.8:1.
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion: PGM-FI with manual enricher circuit
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension: 43mm cartridge fork; 4.7-inch travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock with seven-position spring-preload
adjustability; 5.0-inch travel
Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase: 57.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0 degrees. Trail: 98.0mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height: 31.5 inches
Dry Weight: 427.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons
Edward's Laguna Seca winning
USA painted Honda SP-2
Honda Announces its 2003 Roadracing Teams.
Ben Bostrom is back,
Doug Chandler to
After a great 2002 season that saw Honda capture the AMA
Superbike title and tie for the points lead in Formula Xtreme,
it's hard to imagine that the Red Riders could get any better,
but their prospects again for 2003 look really good.
is shaping up nicely," said American Honda's Chuck Miller,
Manager,Motorcycle Sports. "Kurtis is healthy and ready
to go, Miguel is excited about the new 600 and we're very pleased
to have Ben Bostrom back.
Internally we've added some new team members and everyone is
excited about the new season
AMA Superbike racing, Honda will retain the services of Miguel
Duhamel, the winningest rider in AMA history. Kurtis Roberts
returns as well in 2003, and he's fast, hungry and healthy.
Competition beware. New to the team is former Honda Superbike
Champ, Ben Bostrom. Fresh back from Europe where he was a top
contender on the World Superbike circuit, Ben looks
forward to returning to the team that helped him win a Superbike
championship in 1998. All three riders will compete on Honda's
mighty RC51, the machine that won both the 2002 AMA Superbike
title, as well as the 2002 World Superbike Championship.
AMA 600 Supersport class better watch out. Miguel Duhamel is
back on the all-new CBR600RR with technology inherited directly
from the awesome MotoGP Championship winning RC211V (pardon
the PR writer's hype here since it takes longer to develop a
new production bike than the new GP machine it was supposedly
supported Erion Racing will field a team of two riders competing
in both Formula Xtreme and 600 Supersport.
Roger Hayden returns and is looking stronger than ever. Returning
to the Erion team is Jake Zemke. After finishing the Formula
Xtreme season in 2002
tied for first in the points standings, Jake is looking forward
to getting back to his winning ways in 2003. Alex Gobert joins
Erion Racing for the 2003 season, concentrating exclusively
on 600 Supersport competition.
number of support teams riding Hondas keeps growing. Back this
year is the Bruce Transportation team contesting both the Formula
Xtreme and 600
Supersport series with rider Marty Craggill.
new Honda support teams
will compete for AMA National titles this year as well, including
Annandale Racing with riders Ty Howard and Craig Connell, and
No Limit Motorsports with Jason Curtis and former Superbike
Champion Doug Chandler. Both teamswill be using the new CBR600RR
and CBR954RR to compete in the AMA 600
Supersport and Formula Xtreme series."
Long Term Report
FastDates.com editor, likes the naked bike concept, having grown
up on good handling Suzuki GS models back in the 1980s. Naked
bikes make a great choice as a 2nd bike to your hard core sportbike,
perfect for running errands around town, carrying packages,
or riding your girlfriend on the back. Thelower price also makes
them less worrisome to have stolen when you park them somewhere
for a few hours.
1999 we bought one of the new Kawasaki ZRX1100 Edie Lawson replicas
when they first came out. It was a great feeling, practicle
bike with 2 major faults which it carries over to the current
2002/3 ZRX1200 verson. The 5-speed gearbox has one cog too few
and always feels like it needs another gear for cruising. And
the fact it handles like shit in stock form. The chassis is
a flexi-flyer and the bike weaves and wobbles like crazy in
high speed corners. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on what
is susposed to be a cheap naked bike, we sold the ZRX and picked
up the new Honda CB900F in June 2002 after a brief test ride.
We also tested the Yamaha YR1000 but just didn't like the overly
big feeling bike which rode like on sofa couch with a big electric
motor that lack any personality.
The good side of our CBF is that this bike does have a 6-speed
transmission and seems toi be better gear for most riding situations.
And in cornering the bike is smooth and stable. Good Japanese
sportbike brakes. We liked it fairly much...
the transmission shifting is horrible, it's a real clunker -noisey
and not smooth. Plus its difficult geting into neutral when
stopped at a light. Think old BSA or Triumph from the 1960s
and you know what we mean.
tthe fuel injection/throttle control is horrible. Our California
model was delivered to us so lean as to be really unpleasant
to ride -snatching and jerking like crazy with no smooth transition
between off and on. The British sportbike magazines who will
give you and honest test evaluation (unlike the American magazines)
had the same complaint. The solution is installing a DynoJet
Power Commander ($350) to recalibrate the electronic fuel injection
and now it runs much, much better.
the rear shock is horrible. It feels like a jackhammer for our
200 lb riding weight, and of course this econo bike offers no
adjustability. We're just too cheap to spend $800 for a good
name brade aftermarket shock on a bike we only ride a couple
of times a month.
gripes? Our old ZRX had huge underseat storage and a nice external
helmet key lock. The CBF has no underseat storage, no helment
lock both of which are really important deatils for a bike you
want to run errends with around town.
of our tale with the CBF and the ZRX? You get what you pay for,
unfortunately, in these naked bikes from the Japanese.If you
plan on keeping the bike for a while and what it to be perfect,
better spend the higher initial purchase price and get a better
performing and handling Triumph 509 or Aprilia Tuono.