cbr1000rr: from bland to bitchin’

don’t get me wrong, honda’s cbr1000rr aka fireblade is some serious kit. it has been given a major update this year and journo’s have given it stellar reviews despite the stiff competition. great engine, great suspension, great controls, great styl… fuck no!!! the styling is atrocious!!! it makes cream-of-wheat seem interesting. the bike lost all the aggressiveness and sportiness of the previous generation. gone is the underseat exaust and cat-like mug. now we have a bike with a bulbous erect prick for an exhaust, featureless side fairings, and droopy-eyed headlights. totally disappointed.
 
that is until i peeped the race-prepped version…
 
 
the short motogp-inspired exhaust looks great and clearing off the license plate assembly cleans up the tail.
 
below is a video from mcn that show a little more detail of the ten kate bikes. looks like they’re sporting an arrow exhaust that will hopefully trickle down to the consumer. sexy. sexy.

 

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