Honda's 2012 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS is the essential superbike-the perfect balance of power and handling designed to work together as one complete package. The CBR900RR set the bar for liter-bike performance when it was introduced 20 years ago, and the new 2012 CBR1000RR C-ABS sets that bar even higher. For 2012, the CBR1000RR C-ABS boasts even better handling via a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Fork and new wheels. There’s big news when it comes to the new 2012 Honda CBR1000RR C-ABS. The CBR1000RR C-ABS is already the essential Superbike, offering a perfectly integrated combination of power, handling, and overall balance for both the street and the track. Thanks to its magnum-level performance along with a near-perfect blend of streetability, versatility, rider feel and balanced character, the CBR1000RR C-ABS has for years held high the class standard for well-rounded capabilities. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the CBR-RR and in keeping with the original concept, the 2012 CBR1000RR C-ABS continues to supply exemplary liter-class sportbike performance, pumping out huge midrange horsepower and torque for class-leading real-world muscle in a great-handling high-performance package unmatched by the competition in its overall balance.
Changes to the CBR1000RR C-ABS for 2012 focus on sharpening what is arguably the most critical component in a motorcycle designed for sporting use: chassis performance. In doing so, they were able to markedly expand the CBR1000RR C-ABS's handling prowess and enhance its braking and traction characteristics. The main objectives in the further development of the CBR1000RR C-ABS's suspension setup included: smoother suspension action, improved rider feel, and increased grip and traction. In place of the conventional single-tube shock configuration, the Balance-Free Rear Shock design incorporates a double-tube design featuring a damper case plus an internal cylinder. In conventional rear shocks the damping force is generated in two places, the main and sub damping valves. To complement the Balance-Free Rear Shock, the front suspension system now features an inverted 43mm telescopic fork incorporating Showa's Big Piston Fork technology. As before, CBR1000RR C-ABS owners can also opt for Honda's advanced electronically controlled Combined ABS braking system, which offers the confidence of antilock braking while remaining so unobtrusive that it satisfies even the most committed sport riders. The CBR1000RR C-ABS rewards riders who appreciate this machine's unparalleled feeling of transparent connectedness, and who prefer to rely on their own skills as a method of traction control. In the end, the CBR1000RR C-ABS imparts an uncanny connection between rider and motorcycle thanks to its extraordinary balance, all-around performance and remarkably integrated feel.