Intermot 2016 has seen unveiling of many new bikes this year which also includes many new one Litre class bikes. This list also includes the 2016 Fireblade from Honda which was long due for update. The bike gets updated at the right time when all of its competitors are also ready in their new versions.
The new Fireblade will be available in 3 variants namely stock, SP2 and SP3. The company has not revealed many specifications about the stock variant while there are many new things in the SP2 and SP3 variants which make Fireblade a much better motorcycle than before. The bike now looks very aggressive and sharper than before which also adds to the aerodynamic design of it making it much faster than before. The bike has been narrower by 24mm due to compact size of its new radiator.
In addition, the bike gets full LED headlamp and tail lamp with a clear visor integrated in its front cowl. The rear view mirrors are also integrated with LED side indicators while the side fairing is moved forward to increase the aerodynamics. The side profile includes the addition of new Titanium made fuel tank and silencer which makes the bike lighter than before. The fuel tank has nice creases on it and comes with a fuel tank capacity of 16L.
Engine-wise the bike now gets Euro-IV compliant 999cc, 4-inline cylinder DOHC engine which is more powerful than before and churns out a peak power of 189bhp which is achieved at 12500rpm while it has an utmost torque output of 111Nm@10500rpm. There is a power bump of 11bhp in the new model compared to the previous model while the engine comes equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 11bhp power bump and weight reduction of around 15kg which results in very high power to weight ratio which is set to be very enjoyable. The engine will deliver power in three different modes which also change its suspension setting as well.
The bike gets many new set of advanced features which includes a fully digital and touchscreen TFT display for its speedometer, tachometer and other information. This display can be seen in 3 different modes; street, circuit and mechanic mode which differently displays information such as average speed, fuel consumption etc in street mode, best lap time, lap timer etc in circuit mode and digital tachometer, gear shift, battery voltage etc in mechanic mode.
Also the Fireblade becomes the first Honda bike to be equipped with Ride by Wire technology and gets other riding aides as well which includes quick-shift assist, Honda selectable Torque control, with slide control, wheelie control, gyro based ABS and an advanced five-axis IMU managing the system.
The Fireblade also becomes the first Honda bike to be equipped with programmable Ohlins Electronic Controlled Suspension System which includes USD forks at front and mono-shock at the back. The suspension system gets three active and three manual modes which can be set by rider and accordingly the performance will be delivered by the suspension system.
The ABS unit controls the twin disc brakes at both ends while the bike will ride on 120/70-17 tyre at front and 190/50-17 tyre at the back. This is by far the fastest and most advanced version of Fireblade and it is expected to be launched in international markets by end of this year while launch plans for India are under wrap since Honda is not majorly involved in the business of big bikes in our market.