2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R unveiled in Malaysia

2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R unveiled in Malaysia

After its worldwide reveal at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R was unveiled at Sepang International Circuit during the 2019 Races of Malaysia. The CBR1000RR-R replaces the CBR1000RR and features design and styling taken from Honda’s MotoGP racing motorcycles.

Intended for competition in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) that is currently dominated by the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, the CBR1000RR-R uses a chassis and bodywork derived from the Honda RC213V-S race replica with 214 hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 12,500 rpm coming from the inline-four. Racing technology features in the CBR1000RR-RR with items such as titanium connecting rods, forged pistons and finger-follower rocker arms for valve actuation.

The base model CBR1000RR-R displayed comes with Showa fully-adjustable front forks with Nissin brakes callipers while the SP version will come with Brembo Stylema callipers and Ohlins electronic suspension. Riding aids abound on the CBR1000RR-R with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HTSC), power, engine braking and wheelie control with the addition of launch control.

The frame is all new and is designed to be stiffer in the vertical plane with increased torsional resistance but more compliant in the horizontal axis to boost grip and feel. Winglets now sprout from either side of the fairing as aerodynamic aids but we think its utility on the CBR1000RR-R for road use will be more cosmetic than functional.

There is no pricing as yet for the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R in Malaysia and as to when it might be available for sale, Boon Siew Honda declined to commit to a date. However, a source inside Boon Siew said the CBR1000RR-R might make it to Malaysia “sooner rather than later.”

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  • FudgeMeSideways on Dec 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Cmon Boon Side Honda, do is a solid and bring in the 250rr. We deserve it and many of us can afford RM20+k to RM30+k than this super niche offering. Heed our call.

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    • Sohai on Dec 14, 2019 at 7:07 am

      Is Boon Siew we are talking about…
      You are more likely to get EX5 wawasan 2020 colour scheme than a proper new model.
      If the 250RR ever comes in, likely above rm30k…

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    • Ibrahim Hassan on Dec 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Abang abang still prefer their Modenas to race in Kesas and rempit. This cannot do the job

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      • Brian on Dec 16, 2019 at 1:20 am

        Unlike Honda, Yamaha is supporting our abang abang to be the next Hafizh Syahrin. Go go go our abang abang! Make us proud!

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  • svherman on Dec 14, 2019 at 1:11 am

    … and that’s the sound of HLYM being left behind while the other Japanese firms pull away with their vastly superior CBU offerings…

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  • Budiman Sariman on Dec 14, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I wish we had our MV Augusta to put this bike to shame. Pity we bought it for RM500 million Euro and sold it for 1 Euro.

    Otherwise we will be on world map for best bikes in the world

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Dec 14, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    where is the cbr250rr you make and everybody wants?

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