The kind of previous owner you want, this Repsol superbike owner rode so sparingly the owner’s manual and tires weren’t really a requirement. With new fluids and tires, the first tank of fuel for the new owner will be a quick read.
Though indeed an inline four, the 1000RR had little in common with the previous 954RR. The very oversquare cylinders used nutless connecting rods, dual-stage fuel injection, and developed 173 hp. Design engineers wanted to shorten the engine bay and put the crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft in a triangular arrangement. That and tilting the cylinder head up a bit left room for a longer, more stable swingarm. Honda’s Electronic Steering Damper took speed into account, and radially mounted front brakes provided the least disturbance under braking. The Repsol colors are sponsored by a multinational peteroleum company and the race team, based in Belgium, has had a lot of champions over its 30-odd years, but Nicky Hayden was on the team from 2003-08 and took the MotoGP honors in 2006.
Pictured at the original owner’s toy shop, this CBR might not have strayed very far from home. OEM tires are still on there, but nary a scratch to be seen. Comments from the owner’s crowded garage ( and eBay auction ) –
One of the nicest if not the nicest original 2005 CBR Repsol out there. 1 owner completely original even the tires. It’s number 51 of 1500 made. Just serviced and always kept on a battery tender. There isn’t a scratch on the motorcycle! It has 2,144 miles. It comes with original bill of sale, 2 keys and manuals never opened.
Though the CBR1000RR’s engine was its own animal, the chassis borrowed a lot from the HRC race machines. ECU programs and suspension adjustability accommodated a wide variety of riding styles, and of course the build quality just honed the legend. Reviews said the RR was the easiest of its contemporaries to ride quickly, rock solid mid-corner, and the forward engine reduced wheelie concerns at the exit. This example looks quite collectible and great for an occasional sunny day !