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Launched in 1987 the Honda CBR1000F, also known as the Hurricane, is a sport touring motorcycle manufactured by Honda from 1987 to 1999. It is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 998 cc, 16-valve four-cylinder, it crossed the 130 bhp (97 kW) barrier and is capable of 260 km/h (160 mph).
Manufactured from 1987 to late 1999, the Hurricane went through only three major revisions. In 1989, the bike received a cosmetic makeover with a complete redesign of the front fairing, improvements to the bike's front suspension, larger tyres were added to help cope with the bike's heavy weight and to accommodate radial tyres, improvements were also added to the bike's cam chain tensioner in an attempt to remove the annoying cam chain rattle some riders had reported. The 1989 model also had its power slightly increased to around 135 bhp (101 kW) and the model gained weight. In 1992, the bike's looks were overhauled with a more streamlined and modern looking bodywork added. The biggest change was the introduction of DCBS, Honda's Dual Combined Brake System. The DCBS system was introduced to assist rider braking where the front brake lever operates the front calipers but also proportionally applies the rear brake, while using the rear brake will engage one front caliper. Since then DCBS has evolved into a very popular addition to many Honda touring motorcycles. No major changes were made after 1992. A touring model was briefly launched that offered a larger screen and hard panniers.
The CBR weighs 235 kg (518 lb) (1992 model and onwards). The seat is 780 mm (31 in) high and the wheelbase is 1,505 mm (59.3 in). The engine is housed in a steel box section perimeter frame, air-assisted 41 mm telescopic front forks and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The front brakes are twin 296 mm discs using three piston Nissin calipers, the rear is a single 256 mm disc, and DCBS are used on all models after 1992.
The CBR's engine went largely unchanged throughout its history. It uses the standard Honda inline four-cylinder 998 cc, four-stroke, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled power plant. Running 4x 38 mm CV carburetors and a bore and stroke of 77 mm × 53.6 mm (3.03 in × 2.11 in). It produced 130 bhp (97 kW) at 8,600 rpm and 8.36 kg-m of torque at 6,500 rpm.
The fuel tank is 21 litres (4.6 imp gal; 5.5 US gal).
The 'Hurricane' name was officially dropped from the line in 1989; however, the bike was never given a replacement name so it was often still referred to by its original title.
The model was hence discontinued in the USA from 1996 as the CBR1100XX was released, but continued to sell in Asia and Europe until Honda finally ended its run in late 1999.
- Kevin Ash (2000-09-12). "On the cutting edge - Kevin Ash meets Tadao Baba, the man who revolutionised sports bike design with the Honda FireBlade". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-10-28.