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Honda's got an all-new literbike challenger in the form of its 2008 CBR1000RR, and though it's not yet in dealers, it's already been on the racetrack.

The American Honda factory squad recently had a shakedown test of this aggressive new Superbike at the Daytona tire tests.

"We feel this new bike has got the genes to do what we need," said Honda’s crew chief David McGrath during the test. "Our old bike was a very fast bike, but the guys tended to really struggle with the agility to be competitive."

Agility shouldn’t be a problem on the 2008 CBR, as it now sports the most radical chassis geometry in its class. A rake angle of just 23.3 degrees is the steepest among literbikes, and its 96mm of trail is also on the short side of its rivals.


More: New CBR1000RR Hits Racetrack on Motorcycle.com
 

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While I don't see myself on a liter anytime soon, that is one wicked looking machine.
 

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Then I must be wrong in my assumption that my '00 Honda 929 was 374 lbs dry weight though same showed on the brochure of the bike along with some of the write-ups in latter part of '99.

Mind you only claimed factory 150hp at the crank though more the the RC-51 of the same yr & also lighter in weight.

Now my '03 Honda 954 again lacks in CC size yet dry weight was claimed to be 370 lbs & claimed hp at the crank was 155.

So you have to wonder. Actually I rejected the '04 CBR1000RR because it was looking more fat & heavier plus not sold on electronically controlled steering head damper & prefered my Scotts.

Though admit that I would like to ride something like the above bike with the slipper clutch to see what it is really like for it is quite different. Sort of like the big step from singles & twins to fours that I felt was a bad move by Honda.
 
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