The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR
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In this installment we are going to review something a little different. Something that we as drivers see basically everyday, and when we see it, we one of two things. We either pay it no mind, or mentally drool over it, as it passes us by on the road. Can you guess what I’m talking about? No? Well I’m talking about motorcycles. The two wheels street carvers, crotch rockets, and every man’s dream whether they want to admit it or not. Motorcycles have come a long way since the early 1900′s. Back in the early years motorcycles were single cylinder, under powered two wheeled contraptions made for people who were in a hurry and didn’t want a car. Fast forward to recent years, and the motorcycle has become as technologically advanced as most hybrid cars on the road. With all that aside I’m going to focus on a more famous name, or badge if you will. That name is CBR. In particular the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR. It’s a long title to say the least, but all that matters are the three first letters. CBR pretty much says it all.
This year the developers over at Honda put in some long hours, to bring forth a lighter, faster, and more powerful motorcycle than ever before. Gone are the days of the Hyabusa, claiming speed titles, and whatnot. The CBR has been remade to accomplish new feats of triumph in the motorcycle world. The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR was developed using feedback from riders of the previous models, and what they had to say did not fall on deaf ears. The chassis was lightened some, power distribution was now broadened over a wider span, and control was improved, by the means of a new suspension setup. Now don’t get me wrong, the CBR has always been a fantastic bike to ride, and its racing lineage proves that fact hands down, but when you can find a way to improve perfection, why not? Why not tweak the suspension, to not only improve control, but make taking a curve at 80mph more thrilling? Why not modify the clutch so that it not only expands the motors ultimate potential, but also puts the torque where you really need it. These were some of the items that were on a list of “Things to do”, when it came down to making sure that the CBR name remains number one on everybody’s mind. The 2012 CBR1000RR is a bike for the man or woman who takes their riding very seriously, and wants to make sure that every well earned penny that goes into purchasing this bike is worth it. This CBR has a ton of opponents in the two wheeled market. Makers such as Ducati, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Aprila, are all vying for that coveted number one spot. It just depends on who will fight the hardest to try to knock the 2012 CBR1000RR from off of the top spot. Lastly, the CBR1000RR is selling for around $13k, and sales are definitely not slow when it comes to this bike. In closing I wanted to say that the 2012 CBR1000RR is a new bike for the streets and it will need to prove its worth to one and all. Races will be had, test rides, and reviews will commence, and YouTube videos will surface highlighting the pros, and cons of it all, but it always come down to one thing. The ride. This year, Honda has made sure that the 2012 CBR1000RR will not only dominate all facets of riding, but also make sure that “The Ride” is truly awesome.