Pictures of the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR have leaked from a distributor in Hong Kong, revealing some updates including a Showa Big Piston Fork, updated display and styling facelifts.

The photos show the new Honda Fireblade (as it’s known in other markets) in HRC tri-color trim which, judging from color options offered on other recent Honda models, won’t be available in the U.S. 2012 also marks the 20th year of the RR so an special anniversary paint scheme might be offered.

Official specs won’t be available until Honda is good and ready to reveal them, so it’s unknown what updates have been made to the engine.

The most significant update looks to be with the suspension, with the Showa BPF replacing the HMAS cartridge fork while the rear shock also appears to be new. The headlights are a noticeably sleeker shape than the lights on the 2011 model. The wheels are also new, while the tail and bellypan also receive minor updates. Also new is the all-digital display with a bar-style tachometer and gear indicator.

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[Source:, iBike]


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  • R Dolan

    I like it. Looks like a fighter jet. But, I think I’ll keep my 2008 because it’s basically the same bike. Although those Showa BPF’s are amazing from what I’ve read.

  • Shriker

    Nice update…the 08 – ’11 were nice but slightly odd. This is much better and there are obvious improvements to the fork , wheels, gauges and who knows what else. The CBR, despite being one of the older liter bikes is still one of the best , with the most midrange power and lightest weight (without ABS) and superb handling/braking . BMW and Kawi have upped the power ante and everyone is getting on the electronic control bandwagon….this updated CBR1000RR should be quite nice, good job Honda.