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February 28, 2002

Sports Bike 'CBR954RR' Re-released

Tokyo, February 28, 2002—Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the release of the new CBR954RR large-displacement super sportbike. This new model incorporates advanced Honda technology and a 1000cc-class engine in a frame as compact and lightweight as a 600cc motorcycle, for the ultimate in riding pleasure. The CBR954RR goes on sale Friday, March 1st.

First released in 1992 as the Fire Blade in Europe and as the CBR900RR in North America, the CBR954RR revolutionized the large-displacement super sportbike category and earned enthusiastic praise. Now, with the release of the sixth-generation model change, this bike is available for the first time in Japan.

The engine is a water-cooled, DOHC in-line 4-cylinder with displacement increased to 954cc. It incorporates such technologies as a high-precision PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) system and an H-VIX (Honda Variable Intake and Exhaust) system to regulate intake and exhaust flow for optimum control. The exhaust system is made of an ultra-light, super-strong titanium alloy.

The frame employs racing technology inherited from the NSR500 works racer, taking the sportbike to a new and exhilarating performance level.

Featuring a silent cross-chain for reduced running noise, this domestic model also boasts a wealth of other features, including Honda’s original HISS (Honda Ignition Security System) anti-theft device (also available on European models).

The bold color design incorporates a wing motif and an RR emblem, while the sleek styling signals the bike's speed potential. This domestic model features the same design as the North American and European models, giving the bike a consistent image worldwide. Two body colors are available: Winning Red and Accurate Silver Metallic.



●Planned vehicle sales (domestic, annual): 1,500 units
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price : ¥1,050,000

(Regionally adjusted retail prices: Okinawa +¥10,000; suggested retail price does not apply in some regions.)
(Prices shown for reference only. Consumption tax not included.)

=Main Features of the CBR954RR=

A powerful, compact, lightweight engine with increased displacement
The CBR954RR comes equipped with a 954cc water-cooled DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine. Its compact design incorporates a wealth of efficiency-enhancing technologies, including forged aluminum pistons, a hollow camshaft, and a crankshaft and crankcase designed to reduce friction losses. The result is a high-power feel and nimble responsiveness at all engine speeds.
The engine has been designed for reduced weight and increased compactness throughout, featuring, among other things, a lightweight, high-efficiency water-cooled oil cooler, a starter motor using a high-efficiency magnet, and a compact ACG.
PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) employed for keen response
The PGM-FI fuel injection system incorporates an ECU (electronic control unit) and a digital ignition system in a single, compact unit. The system precisely regulates the amount of fuel injected, delivering keen response and smooth power output characteristics.
Combined with a secondary air injection system, PGM-FI’s superior regulation to maintain ideal fuel-air ratio results in outstanding clean-emissions performance.
A frame with racing technology designed into every detail
The CBR954RR employs a lightweight, high-rigidity aluminum twin-tube frame, for a winning combination of high-speed stability and light, nimble low-to-mid-speed handling.
The characteristics of this original frame design are used to maximum effect, delivering riding comfort and sophisticated handling that are equally welcome on short journeys around town and long-distance trips, plus performance levels that would do justice to a racing circuit.
Inheriting its racing technology from the NSR500 works racer, the lightweight, highrigidity aluminum swing arm takes full advantage of the pro-link suspension, delivering superior road-hugging and a high level of driving performance.
The suspension employs a 43mm-diameter cartridge-type inverted fork in the front and a pro-link configuration in the rear. Both incorporate HMAS (Honda Multi-Action System) to ensure supple operation and road holding, and both are fully and continuously adjustable for pre-loading, as well as extension- and compression-side damping.
Lightweight wheels and springs help reduce unsprung weight, resulting in quick, stable handling and superb control.
The 4-piston caliper front disc brake and single-piston caliper rear disc brake are fitted with sintered-metal pads for outstanding braking performance.
With a dry weight of 170kg, the CBR954RR ranks among the lightest bikes in its class.
Designed for comfort and styled for speed
The body of the bike is designed to facilitate total control, featuring an intrepidly formed front cowl and sleek side cowls in a lightweight, one-piece design. The slim, lightweight rear cowl features a full-cover design extending to the bottom of the seat rail.
The compact fuel tank, with its low center of gravity, is shaped to facilitate the optimum riding position while securing an 18L capacity.
Effective anti-theft protection
The CBR954RR comes equipped with HISS (Honda Ignition Security System), which makes it impossible to start the engine without the proper key. Anti-theft protection is further enhanced by indicator lamps that can be set to flash for 24 hours at the touch of a button.
Specially designed for compatibility with the "CoCo-SECOM" vehicle locator system, which Honda developed in partnership with SECOM Co., Ltd., the bike features a space for installation of the CoCo-SECOM unit and its vehicle-mounted battery charger.
Other features
A 3-lamp multi-reflector headlight with outstanding light diffusion characteristics, designed to give the front cowl a sleeker, sharper look.
LED tail lamps with a top/bottom split design for excellent visibility and a racy feel.
A lightweight, compact instrument panel with a large analog tachometer on the right and multi-function digital panel on the left, complete with displays for speed, odometer, coolant temperature, clock, and a new fuel consumption indicator.
A pop-up pillion seat, with under-seat storage space for a U-lock or other gear.


Model Name CBR954RR
Model Type Honda BC-SC50
L x W x H (m) 2.025×0.680×1.135
Wheelbase (m) 1.405
Ground Clearance (m) 0.130
Seat Height (m) 0.820
Vehicle Weight (kg) 195
Dry Weight (kg) 170
No. of Riders 2
Fuel Consumption (km/L) 23.0(60km/h, low-elevation driving)
Turning Radius (m) 3.3
Engine Model and Type SC50E water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-cylinder
Displacement(cm3) 954
Bore x Stroke (mm) 75.0×54.0
Compression Ratio 11.5
Max. Power output (kW[PS]/rpm) 67[91]/10,500
Max. Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm) 87[8.9]/5,500
Fuel Supply PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection)
Starting Self-starting type
Ignition Fully-transistorized battery ignition
Lubrication System Force feed and splash
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 18
Clutch Wet-type, multi-plate coil spring
Gearbox Constant-mesh, 6-speed return
Gear Ratios 1 2.692
2 1.933
3 1.600
4 1.400
5 1.285
6 1.190
Reduction (Primary/Final) 1.520/2.562
Caster Angle (degrees) /Trail (mm) 23°45´/97
Tire Size Front 120/70ZR17 M/C(58W)
Rear 190/50ZR17 M/C(73W)
Brake Front Hydraulic disc (double)
Rear Hydraulic disc
Suspension Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm
Frame Diamond