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Posted On: 22 December 2008 08:10 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

New Honda bikes launched at Losail

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HONDA Motor Europe has launched the new Honda CBR 600 RR and Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade with ABS braking system at the Losail International Circuit. Though this system has already been implemented in touring bikes, it is for the first time that a Supersport bike has been equipped with an ABS braking system, making it a revolutionary and unique model in the market. Six groups tested the new bikes on the Qatari track. Honda invited around 80 journalists from Hungary, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The 2008 Endurance Superstock world champion, Mishal al-Naimi of Qatar also tested the bikes. Each group carried out tests on two days. On the first day, the groups had an introductory riding session followed by testing of the Honda CBR 600 RR and the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in a closed area to check the working of the ABS braking system. The braking tests were conducted in the VIP car park of the circuit in dry, wet and sandy conditions. Journalists were guided by Austrian Martin Bauer, the two-time German Superbike champion, on the first day of tests. The electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system of the new models gives maximum braking power without losing stability. On the second day, the participants moved on to the track, to test the Honda CBR 600 RR and the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. The participants were guided by three riders, Jonny Rea, a representative for Ten Kate Honda in the Superbike World Championship, Leon Haslam and Andrew Pitt, who is a double world Supersport champion. This is the third time in four years that Honda Motor Europe has come to Losail to launch a new motorbike.