RideFast October 2019


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2020 Honda


Expected In October

We won’t teach you anything by

stating that Honda is working on

a new CBR1000RR. Among the

many rumors that are gravitating

around the Soichiro brand, that

of a new flagship supersport

has been making the rounds for

a while now. From the patents

(pictured below) suggesting

the addition of winglets to the

mirrors to the more recent one

about active aeros integrated

to the fairing, aerodynamics

seems to be Honda’s focus with

the model’s new generation.

Had enough of the rumours yet?

Here’s another one! At least this

time, it doesn’t require you to

remember what model is getting

what new fancy feature—all

you need to remember is that

the new CBR1000RR could be

coming in October.

The actual rumour started

back last year when Honda

Racing Corporation apparently

suggested it will do a complete

overhaul of its WSBK factory

team for 2020, including an

all-new motorcycle. According

to the folks at Speedweek, this

“new bike” should make its

debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

in October, introducing a new

generation of the

CBR1000RR in the


The main changes expected

on the model are on its fairing,

improving its aerodynamics and

performance in the process. For

now, there is no talk of any major

changes expected on the 998cc,

inline-four, though there is

mention of an output increase.

In fact, HRC managers have

apparently gloated that the

new Honda will boast the

most powerful inline-four of

the 2020 WSBK roster. After a

catastrophic 2019 season, the

team is pulling all the tricks out

of its hat to ensure the next

season is a more fruitful one.

Which means the manufacturer

will take to wring more power

out of the litre mill remains to be


Should it in fact show up at the

Tokyo Motor Show, this means

the new 2020 Honda CBR1000R

will show it news face on October

23 so keep your eyes peeled.


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