The 2009 Honda CBR1000RR ABS and non ABS equipped models have just been unveiled. The addition of Honda Combined ABS adds 11kg to the kerb weight (the standard model weighs 199kg), a continuation of the front fairing to cover the front power unit and a bulge in the black underseat cowl to house the systems ECU. The non-ABS model is largely unchanged mechanically, but, in the UK at least, it gets new colors, including an awesome tricolor HRC scheme while the Repsol replica is available on either bike. Additionally, the engine is now painted matte black. You’ll be able to tell the bikes apart because the ABS model uses bronze-painted calipers, while the standard version’s are black. >Honda’s optional C-ABS system (As used on the 2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS) is designed to boost both performance and safety, allowing riders to brake later and harder with more confidence. The company says:
“A Super Sports ABS system must allow the rider to brake very close to the limit before activating, and when it does, the reduction in braking force must be very smooth in order not to unsettle the machine, or rider.
In addition the extreme pitching forward of weight under braking, which enhances the braking ability of the front wheel while reducing traction from the rear, calls for a very subtle and advanced system in order to provide an acceptable level of performance from a Super Sport braking system.
“Honda’s new electronically-controlled “Combined ABS” provides just this level of performance. All the basic ABS and CBS functions are provided, including the prevention of wheel lock, improved balance and easy operation. This is achieved without any compromise to stability during ABS operation. Pitching is minimised so that the bike keeps its normal position. Overall, sport riding performance is uninterrupted – cornering feel remains the same and controllability is enhanced.”