Sport 2008 -

Sport 2008 -
CBR1000RR • CBR600RR • VFR800A Interceptor
The Honda difference
Enjoy the ride
Honda began as a motorcycle company. And even as Soichiro Honda’s vision expanded
beyond its modest beginnings to include so many of the products we enjoy today, he
never wavered in his belief that motorcycles should remain the touchstone of the Honda
Motor Company.
What does that mean for you, the motorcycle enthusiast? It means that when Honda
engineering develops new advancements in safety, Honda motorcycles benefit. It means
that Honda’s commitment to environmental leadership will continue to make its motorcycles
cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient. It means that you can expect the same high level
of quality, reliability and user-friendliness in a Honda motorcycle as you would in a Honda
car, outboard engine or generator. And it means that Honda won’t lose sight of the reason
you buy a motorcycle in the first place: To enjoy the ride.
Honda’s family of Sport motorcycles has been developed with all of these principles in
mind. Their dependable, high-tech engines produce impressive power while at the same
time meeting stringent emissions standards. Safety features such as anti-lock brakes and
electronic steering dampers give you added peace of mind. Carefully determined chassis
geometry and rider ergonomics allow for sporty handling while maintaining comfort and
unintimidating ride characteristics.
Everything from the high quality of the metallurgy, to the easy to operate controls, to the
flawless fit and finish, tell you that these bikes are built with care, and built to last.
It’s the way Honda builds motorcycles. Enjoy the ride.
2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden
and the Honda RC212V
ou’ve read it in the magazines. You’ve heard
it from your friends. Honda sportbikes are
different. Different in the way they incorporate
cutting-edge MotoGP technology, yet also make
great everyday streetbikes. Different in the way
they feel balanced and predictable as part of Honda’s
Total Control Concept. Different in the way they
blend stylish form with versatile function. Different.
The all-new CBR1000RR epitomizes the Honda
difference. Its power-to-weight ratio is the best in
its class, yet it retains a user-friendly nature that
allows you to enjoy the performance, rather than be
intimidated by it. You get magical power and handling,
plus unmatched rideability.
And what bike did Honda engineers use as a
benchmark when creating the CBR1000RR? None
other than the CBR600RR, which continues to
earn award after award for its remarkable marriage
of racy performance and composed character.
Sport Rider magazine declared the CBR600RR
2007 Middleweight of the Year, while Motorcyclist
magazine named it the Best Sportbike of 2007
among bikes of all displacement. To add to the
accolades, CBR600RR rider Kenan Sofuoglu
wrapped up the 2007 FIM Supersport World
Championship with three races remaining.
The VFR800A Interceptor has its own overcrowded awards shelf, along with a reputation as
the best all-round performer on the road. Its
smooth V4 engine is a high-tech marvel, features
such as anti-lock brakes improve rider control, and
its comfort has to be experienced to be believed.
High performance, while retaining rideability.
These aren’t just sportbikes, they’re Honda sportbikes. There is a difference.
The new standard in open-class performance
tunning looks, stunning performance. You’ve
never seen anything like the 2008 Honda
CBR1000RR — unless you’ve been in the paddock
at a MotoGP race lately.
What makes this bike so remarkable? While
other open-class sportbikes get heavier as they
gain power, the new CBR1000RR has actually lost
weight while also boosting horsepower and improving
rideability. And although it’s physically smaller than
ever before for amazingly crisp handling, the
CBR1000RR retains the rider-friendly ergonomics
that make it a great street bike, too.
The result? A class-leading power-to-weight
ratio, with performance that makes riding fun, not
The CBR1000RR’s compact inline-four engine
boasts numerous improvements for 2008, including
a narrower and lighter cylinder and cylinder head, a
bigger bore and a shorter stroke for quicker revving,
larger titanium intake valves, lighter molybdenumcoated pistons, and lighter camshafts. RC211Vstyle ducts below the headlights deliver air to the
improved Dual Stage Fuel Injection system, which
has larger 46 mm throttle bodies for better breathing at high rpm. Intake flapper valves located inside
the ram-air ducts open and close depending on
throttle position and engine rpm, which reduces
emissions and noise when you’re just cruising while
still allowing full performance as you open the
throttle and the revs rise.
And check out the new mass-centralized exhaust
system. Titanium header pipes help reduce weight
even further, and an exhaust control valve in the
muffler body works in tandem with the flapper
valves in the intake system to sharpen performance
while reducing environmental impact. Win-win,
we’d say.
Huge power, sure. But what’s equally amazing
about the CBR1000RR’s engine is how smoothly
power is delivered when you twist the throttle, and
how smoothly engine braking eases in when you
roll off the throttle. Three separate technologies
work together to ensure this smooth transition.
Ignition Interruption Control (IIC) adjusts the ignition
mapping when it detects a reduction in throttle
input, while the Intake Air Control Valve (IACV)
alerts the fuel-injection system that sudden
deceleration is in progress. While these two are
working, Honda’s new Assist Slipper Clutch allows
the rear wheel to resist lockup. Using a cam system
rather than a complex sprague or ratchet system,
the Assist Slipper Clutch aids both acceleration and
deceleration by increasing or decreasing clutch
transfer capacity as required.
The combination of these advanced technologies
adds up to one clear performance benefit for you,
the rider: smooth control, whether you’re accelerating
or decelerating.
The CBR1000RR’s chassis is just as advanced,
with an all-new frame made in four sections versus
the old frame’s nine sections, a lighter Honda
Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), Nissin
monoblock front brake calipers, and lighter front
brake rotors, swingarm and wheels. The target was
to achieve handling similar to the acclaimed
CBR600RR, and that target was achieved — the
CBR1000RR steers and tracks with a confidence
you have to experience to believe.
And you can’t help but notice the CBR1000RR’s
exotic styling, which is patterned after the 2006
MotoGP Champion RC211V. The entire bike is
smaller, and it’s wrapped in slim, aerodynamic
bodywork with the front turn signals mounted in
the mirrors and a sleek seat cowl that’s hardly even
Want the ultimate in performance? Then grab a
ride on a MotoGP bike. Or the next best thing: the
2008 Honda CBR1000RR.
• A new four-piece aluminum frame plus lighter swingarm, brakes and wheels
help to significantly reduce the CBR1000RR’s weight
• The 16-valve inline-four engine is both smaller and lighter, contributing to the
CBR1000RR’s class-leading power-to-weight ratio
• Larger titanium intake valves, larger DSFI throttle bodies, a new exhaust control
valve, a higher redline, and numerous other engine improvements increase
power across the rev range
• The new Assist Slipper Clutch works with sophisticated ignition and fuel-injection
systems to improve control under both acceleration and deceleration
• Low-mounted exhaust system centralizes mass for even better handling
• A slimmer fairing, MotoGP-style seat cowl, new line-beam headlight and
mirror-mounted turn signals give the CBR1000RR a radical new look
• Lighter Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) automatically determines
the optimum damping resistance to help keep the front end tracking straight
• Radial-mounted monoblock front brake calipers squeeze lighter brake rotors for
superb stopping power
Engine type
Liquid-cooled inline-four
999 cc
Bore & stroke
76 mm x 55.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.3:1
Valve train
Chain-driven DOHC, four
valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery
Dual Stage Fuel Injection
Close-ratio six-speed
Final drive
O-ring-sealed chain
Front suspension
43 mm inverted HMAS
cartridge fork with full
adjustability; 119 mm
(4.7 inches) travel
Rear suspension
Unit Pro-Link HMAS
single shock with full
adjustability; 137 mm
(5.4 inches) travel
120/70ZR - 17 radial
front; 190/50ZR - 17
radial rear
Front dual 320 mm discs
with radial-mounted
four-piston calipers; rear
single 220 mm disc with
single-piston caliper
Seat height
820 mm (32.3 inches)
1,407 mm (55.4 inches)
Curb weight
Fuel capacity
17.8 litres
Red/Black, Graphite
Black/Digital Silver,
Graphite Black/Pearl
Shining Yellow
The race bike for the real world
n the ultra-competitive world of mid-size sportbikes, one
motorcycle continues to earn rave reviews for its amazing
versatility. Year after year, race season after race season. That’s
because the Honda CBR600RR combines radical performance
with everyday practicality in a way that is all Honda.
With some 600s, you get either a great track bike that’s
high-strung and uncomfortable on the street, or a great
streetbike that lacks the right stuff for track days or race wins.
With the CBR600RR, we found a way to achieve superior
track and street performance in one amazing motorcycle. Fast
and quick-handling for racing, the CBR is also well-balanced
and predictable for outstanding control on twisty roads or city
streets. And with ergonomics that won’t leave you tied up in
knots, it’s more comfortable for everyday riding, too.
The secret to the CBR600RR’s success begins with its
engine. Remarkably compact and lightweight, the 599 cc
DOHC inline-four includes an array of high-tech components
designed with low weight and street rideability in mind. Like
the sophisticated knock sensor that retards the ignition as
soon as it anticipates detonation. A first on a Honda motorcycle, the knock sensor guards against the possibility of a bad
tank of gas or other potentially harmful factors, and is one of
the reasons the CBR600RR makes so much power in everyday
riding conditions — particularly in the important 6,000-10,000
rpm range.
Then there’s the Dual Stage Fuel Injection system, which
incorporates a special intake-air control valve that not only
improves performance in all conditions, it also produces a
gentler transition when you roll off the throttle and helps you
set up for corner entry without relying on a slipper clutch.
The CBR600RR’s lightweight aluminum chassis takes
advantage of the compact engine by positioning it close to
the bike’s central axis, which improves mass centralization for
amazingly precise response on tight tracks or twisty roads.
Quick steering, sure, but the RR remains remarkably composed
over rough pavement or at high speeds thanks to Honda’s
HESD electronic steering damper. You get instant steering
response plus rock-solid stability — the best of both worlds.
Whether you’re pulling up to the start line, or turning on to
your favourite twisty road, there’s one sportbike that you can
count on to deliver a winning ride: the Honda CBR600RR.
Engine type
Liquid-cooled inline-four
599 cc
Bore & stroke
67 mm x 42.5 mm
Compression ratio 12.2:1
Valve train
Chain-driven DOHC,
4 valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery
Dual Stage Fuel Injection
Close-ratio six-speed
Final drive
O-ring-sealed chain
Front suspension
41 mm inverted HMAS
cartridge fork with full
adjustability; 119 mm
(4.7 inches) travel
Rear suspension
Unit Pro-Link HMAS
single shock with full
adjustability; 130 mm
(5.1 in.) travel
120/70ZR - 17 radial
front; 180/55ZR - 17
radial rear
Front dual 310 mm discs
with radial-mounted
four-piston calipers; rear
single 220 mm disc with
single-piston caliper
Seat height
820mm (32.3 inches)
1,369mm (53.9 inches)
Curb weight
186 kg (410 pounds)
including required fluids
and full tank of gas ready to ride
Fuel capacity
18.1 litres
Italian Red, Pearl Fire
Orange, Digital Silver
• 599 cc DOHC engine is remarkably compact
and light, contributing to the CBR600RR’s
superior mass centralization and precise
• Engine knock sensor adjusts ignition timing
for high performance while minimizing the
risk of damaging detonation
• HESD electronic steering damper
automatically determines the optimum
damping resistance to keep the front end
tracking straight for excellent control
• Unit Pro-Link rear suspension system is
patterned after RC212V MotoGP racer’s, with
the upper shock mount contained within the
swingarm rather than the frame to reduce
negative suspension energy from being
transmitted into the frame for optimum
rigidity and improved rideability out of
• Race-ready braking system features twin
four-piston radial-mounted front calipers,
dual 310 mm front discs, and a single
220 mm rear disc
What legends are made of
ou’ve heard the buzz. When motorcyclists rate the best all-round
performers on the road, one bike always
seems to top the list: the remarkable
Honda VFR800A Interceptor.
Why? Because its engine is a hightech marvel. Because its chassis strikes
a perfect balance between sporty handling
and street civility. Because its overall
comfort has to be experienced to be
believed. Because there really is nothing
else like it in all of motorcycling.
At the heart of the Interceptor’s
appeal is its 90-degree liquid-cooled
V-four — one of the most sophisticated
motorcycle engines in the world. Thanks
to Honda’s patented VTEC™ system, the
Interceptor’s engine actually performs
like two engines in one for an incredibly
broad powerband. At low rpm, VTEC
instructs the engine to operate on just
two valves per cylinder, thereby promoting
more effective cylinder filling for great
throttle response and torque. Above
6,400 rpm, VTEC activates all four
valves for maximum intake and exhaust
flow and maximum high-rpm horsepower.
Thanks to VTEC, the Interceptor’s engine
is always making the type of power you
enjoy, whether you’re navigating through
the city, passing traffic on the highway,
or carving through your favourite twisty
Programmed fuel-injection works with
VTEC to maximize power and reduce
fuel consumption and emissions, using
four laser-drilled 12-hole injectors for
incredibly fine fuel atomization. And you
can’t help but notice the Interceptor’s
gorgeous stainless-steel mufflers that
exit provocatively on either side of the
sleek tail section, providing candy for the
eyes and music for the ears.
And there’s more. Anti-lock brakes
help prevent wheel lockup even in the
most difficult conditions. The angular
bodywork has been carefully engineered
to reduce the turbulence that can cause
rider discomfort. The riding position, too,
is the result of extensive testing and
research — you’ll be amazed how it just
feels right the moment you sit in the
saddle, and still feels right at the end of
a long day’s ride.
Swing a leg over a 2008 Honda
VFR800A Interceptor, and find out for
yourself what everyone’s been talking
• VTEC allows the engine to run on two valves per cylinder below 6,400 rpm and four
valves per cylinder above 6,400 rpm, delivering significantly stronger low-end and
midrange torque while maintaining impressive high-rpm power
• Programmed fuel-injection and an exhaust catalyzer allow the engine to be tuned for
great performance while keeping emissions low
• Eye-catching Pro Arm™ single-sided swingarm and underseat mufflers ensure that the
VFR800A stands out in a crowd
• Aerodynamic bodywork and a comfortable seating position provide true sport-touring
• Standard anti-lock brakes help prevent wheel lockup even in the most difficult conditions
Engine type
Liquid-cooled 90-degree
781 cc
Bore & stroke
72 mm x 48 mm
Compression ratio 11.6:1
Valve train
VTEC chain-driven DOHC,
4 valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery
PGM-FI fuel injection
Close-ratio six-speed
Final drive
O-ring-sealed chain
Front suspension
43 mm HMAS cartridge
fork; 109 mm
(4.3 inches) travel
Rear suspension
Pro Arm single-sided
swingarm with Pro-Link
single HMAS shock;
119 mm (4.7 in.) travel
120/70ZR - 17 radial
front; 180/55ZR - 17
radial rear
Front dual 296 mm discs
with Linked Braking
System three-piston
calipers and ABS;
rear single 256 mm disc
with Linked Braking
System three-piston
caliper and ABS
Seat height
805 mm (31.7 inches)
1,458 mm (57.4 inches)
Curb weight
250 kg (551 pounds)
including required fluids
and full tank of gas ready to ride
Fuel capacity
22 litres
Sword Silver Metallic
The easy way to get started
our friends just got their motorcycle licences,
but they’re unsure what to do next. What size
of bike should they buy? Can they afford new, or
will they have to buy used? Are they really ready
to ride on the street?
Honda can help, thanks to two programs
designed specifically for novice riders.
The first — Honda’s New Rider Program — is
an informative and fun half-day, limited-space
event for novice riders only. Your friends will get
lots of helpful tips on riding technique, traffic
safety and bike care, plus a lengthy supervised
street ride on their choice of small Honda motorcycles and scooters, including the exciting
CBR125R. And best of all, it’s free! All they need
are a motorcycle licence and proper riding gear.
And when they’re ready to own their own
wheels, be sure to tell them about the Go Combo
from Honda. It includes a brand new CBR125R,
cool Joe Rocket® jacket, pants, boots and gloves,
and three years of warranty protection with roadside assistance — at a package price with a low
monthly payment. Buying a new Honda has never
been easier.
Visit for details on these programs, or
drop by your local Honda dealer for a CBR125R
brochure and to learn about all the ways Honda
can help make your motorcycling
dreams come true.
Riding a motorcycle can be hazardous. For your safety always wear a
helmet, eye protection and protective clothing whenever you ride.
Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and never use the
street as a racetrack. Inspect your motorcycle before riding, read your
owner's manual, and Honda recommends that all riders take a rider
training course. Always obey local laws, use common sense and
respect the rights of others when you ride. Make sure you have the
proper licence when riding on public roads and obtain written
permission before riding on private land.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Although
descriptions, model images and colours are believed to be correct,
accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All specifications in this brochure
apply only to models sold and registered in Canada. See your Honda
dealer for details.
See your Honda dealer for Honda’s warranty policy.
TM — Trademarks of Honda Canada Inc. or used under licence from
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. or third parties. ©2007 Honda Canada Inc. All
rights reserved.
Photographs depict professional riders on closed courses.
Cert no. SW-COC-1811
Printed in Canada 10/07
Honda Canada Inc.
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