July 4, 2005 Honda is releasing a limited edition Titanium version of the CBR1000RR – while it comes with all the breathtaking performance of the MotoGP RC211V-derived 2005 Fireblade, the only difference to the standard machine is the Titanium paint job gracing the latest Fireblade’s bodywork which is quite distinctive in 2005 with a sharper and more aggressively angled nose with a lower windscreen. The new Titanium model will be available from July in extremely limited quantities.
Honda CBR1000RR-based machines have been a consistent winner in the Australian and British superbike championship events it has not been nearly as consistent in the important United States AMA Superbike Championship (zero wins) or the World Superbike Championship (four wins last year and only one this year) where Suzuki has dominated the championships. In completely stock form, the CBR1000RR isn’t winning either. The World Superbike championships has a Superstock event at each European round where dead stock machinery is raced. Yamaha YZF R1 machines have won three of four races so far this season with Suzuki GSXR1000 winning the other race and Yamaha riders holding the first three places in the championship.
But when it all boils down at this level, a rider will make more difference than the difference between the machinery so we’re a big stickler for riding the contenders and choosing the one that fits your riding style best. One of the most endearing features of the CBR1000RR is just how closely the bike resembles the machinery you’ll find on the MotoGP grid – check out the accompanying pics to see the similarity between the RC211V and the CBR1000RR. The motors may be completely different, but almost everything else is very close.