2008 Honda CBR®1000RR

There's nothing like a literbike when it comes to awesome performance. But for 2008, Honda's taking that level of performance and handling to a whole new level. New engine. New chassis. MotoGP-style exhaust. The all-new CBR®1000RR is a Superbike that handles like a 600, but is built to dominate the Superbike class.

Available Accessories

  • •Color-matched passenger seat cowl•U-Lock•CBR® racing cycle cover•Carbon-fiber accents

Additional Features

  • Folding aerodynamic mirrors.
  • Line-beam headlight features two-piece reflector design utilizing two H7 bulbs for optimum light distribution and unique compact design.
  • LED taillights for lighter weight and improved appearance.
  • High-capacity 400-watt AC generator.
  • Convenient ignition switch/fork lock for added security.
  • New ergonomic triangle lets rider sit 10 mm farther forward and 10 mm lower than previous-generation CBR1000RR. Handlebars are 6.5 mm higher and 2 mm forward.
  • Convenient push-to-cancel turn-signal switch.
  • High-tech instrument display features tachometer, plus LCD readouts for speedometer, coolant temperature, odometer, two tripmeters and a clock, mpg and average fuel consumption. A low-fuel LED light and shift-indicator light are located above the LCD.
  • New maintenance-free battery is 2.2 pounds lighter.
  • Plastic tank shell cover protects tank and airbox.


  • Lightweight Hollow Fine Die-Cast twin-spar aluminum frame utilizes MotoGP technology (see Technology Section).
  • Front brake system features radial-mounted four-piston calipers and 320 mm floating discs, and rear brake system uses a 220 mm disc with a single-piston caliper for exceptional stopping power.
  • Super-light aluminum-alloy hollow-spoke wheels feature race-spec 3.5 x 17-inch front and 6.0 x 17-inch rear dimensions.
  • MotoGP-derived Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) (see Technology Section).
  • Exclusive, MotoGP-derived Unit Pro-Link Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
  • 43 mm inverted aluminum-slider Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) cartridge front fork features spring preload and rebound and compression damping adjustability, and offers precise action and unparalleled rigidity (see Technology Section).
  • Centrally mounted 4.7-gallon fuel tank is positioned low in the frame, increasing mass centralization and allowing a more compact design. This design positions the rider farther forward for optimum handling.
  • Front discs with 72 holes of four different diameters for lighter weight and improved feel.
  • New aluminum subframe is lightweight and easily removed for ease of maintenance.


  • Lightweight nutless connecting rods.
  • 46 mm throttle bodies feature Denso injectors with lightweight valving for faster reaction time and 12 holes per injector to optimize mixture atomization, combustion efficiency and power.
  • High-capacity radiator incorporates twin cooling fans and allows a more compact cowl for reduced drag coefficient.
  • Smaller and lighter ECU provides two 3-D fuel-injection maps for each cylinder and two 3-D ignition maps for cylinder pairs, creating ideal fuel-mixture and spark-advance settings for superb rideability.
  • MotoGP-derived twin ram-air system allows high volume of cooler air to the 9.7-liter airbox for linear power delivery and incredible engine performance.
  • Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) (see Technology Section).
  • Larger titanium intake valves create a lighter valve train for higher rpm.
  • Intake ports use new shot-peening technology that improves power and torque characteristics.
  • Sixteen-valve cylinder head features 30.5 mm intake and 24 mm exhaust valves with a 12.3:1 compression ratio for efficient combustion and high horsepower.
  • Cam-pulser location between the middle cylinders allows a narrower cylinder head and frame.
  • Liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 999 cc four-stroke inline four-cylinder engine features bore and stroke dimensions of 76 x 55.1 mm.
  • Intake valves feature double-spring design for optimum performance at high rpm.
  • Auto-enriching system is integrated into programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) module, eliminating the need for a manual choke.
  • Forged-aluminum pistons with molybdenum coating for reduced friction.
  • New idle-air control valve (IACV) minimizes torque reaction and smoothes response to small throttle changes through gradual reductions of air and fuel intake when the throttle is opened and closed.
  • Iridium-tip spark plugs improve fuel combustion and performance.
  • New extremely compact exhaust system incorporates a catalyzer and control valve in mid-muffler design that reduces rear bodywork size and significantly improves mass centralization, reducing roll and yaw inertia.
  • New Ignition Interrupt Control system works with IACV and FI mapping to enhance driveability.
  • Butterfly valves inside the ram-air ducts open and close depending on throttle opening and engine rpm for optimum performance.
  • Unique slipper-clutch design uses a center-cam-assist mechanism for easier actuation. Unlike an ordinary slipper clutch where the pressure plate moves side to side, the Honda clutch moves both the center cam assist and the pressure plate to provide additional slipper effect.
  • Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioner.
  • Starter gears located on the right side to produce narrow engine and increased lean angle.
  • Durable #530 O-ring - sealed drive chain.
  • Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation system ensures high-rpm durability and allows 16,000-mile valve maintenance intervals.
  • Nine-plate clutch is compact and tough, featuring durable friction- plate material.

New for 2008

  • New lighter-weight wheels.
  • New lighter-weight front brake hoses with lighter front brake rotors.
  • New lightweight compact battery.
  • Lightweight titanium intake valves.
  • New four-piece Hollow Fine Die-Cast Frame (see Technology Section).
  • New line-beam headlights.
  • Black/Metallic Grey (2008 special color, limited edition).
  • Exciting new colors include Red/Black, Black/Metallic Silver, Pearl Yellow/Black, Candy Dark Red/Metallic Silver.
  • New compact instrumentation.
  • Idle-air control valve (IACV) and Ignition Interrupt Control for idle stability and smoother on/off throttle response.
  • Front turn signals integrated into mirrors.
  • Unique slipper clutch features cam mechanism to reduce clutch lever pull.
  • All-new 999 cc inline four-cylinder engine.
  • New thinner high-strength pistons featuring molybdenum coating.
  • New removable cylinder block with Nikasil-coated cylinders.
  • Iconic new Honda Wing tank badge.
  • New aluminum swingarm design.
  • New mid-muffler exhaust system design incorporates exhaust valve and catalyst.
  • New-generation Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) (see Technology Section).
  • Lightweight aluminum sidestand.
  • New twin-tunnel ram-air induction.
  • New monoblock front brake calipers with chromium-plated aluminum pistons.
  • New improved ergonomics.

Unique Features

  • Centrally located fuel tank increases mass centralization and allows more compact frame design.
  • Exclusive, MotoGP-derived Unit Pro-Link® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
  • Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) system features two injectors per cylinder (see Technology Section).
  • Specially designed slipper clutch.
  • Line-beam headlights feature two-piece reflector design.
  • Mid-muffler exhaust system design.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2008
Model CBR®1000RR
Model Code CBR10RR8
Stock Number 003363
Color Black / Metallic Silver


Brakes Front: Dual radial-mounted 4-piston calipers with full-floating 320 mm discs
Rear: Single 220 mm disc
Tires Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial


Weight 388 lbs.
Wheelbase 55.4 in.
Seat Height 32.3 in.


Transmission Close-ratio 6-speed
Final Drive #530 O-ring chain


Engine Liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder, DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement 999 cc
Bore x Stroke 76 x 55.1 mm
Compression Ratio 12.3:1
Carburetion Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-dimensional mapping


Suspension Front: 43 mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound & compression-damping adjustability; 4.7 in. travel

Rear: Unit HMAS Pro-Link single shock with spring-preload, rebound & compression-damping adjustability; 5.4 in. travel
Rake Caster angle: 23.3°
Trail 3.8 in. (96.2 mm)