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This from www.motorcycledaily.com

"The CBR1000RR gets a new, easy-to-remove license-plate bracket, new muffler cover and larger flywheel (presumably to smooth out power delivery a bit), plus some new paint schemes."

Guess given the economy, it makes sense. Also, there may be a backlog of parts avail for current model bikes due to underperforming sales due to the global recession. Not only that, but carrying over an existing model is the only way to ease the blow to us american consumers in the wake of the Yen's rapid rise in strength compared to the U.S. dollar.
 

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Sounds like what Kawasaki did in 06 which was basically a heavier crankshaft and got crucified for. It was a mistake.

I wonder if the fixed the oil burning which has carried over into the 09 model.
Now they did say heavier flywheel, not crankshaft. It would take some engineering to add heavier crankshaft counterbalance weights. However, adding mass to the flywheel is a simple task. Good thing is, removing it is as well with a simple trip to a local machinist who can machine weight off the outside for a relatively small fee. Result in removing mass from the flywheel would be quicker acceleration, yet more abrupt on off throttle transitions, but quicker revving. You'd also have to crank the revs up a bit more for clutch up wheelies since when you blip the throttle and drop the clutch, you'd have less inertia available from the smaller flywheel to help lift things up, although the difference would be minor.

Heavier flywheel would also contribute to slightly better fuel economy due to inertia also.
 

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hmmm another carry-over...good info to know.
 

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hmmm, in a car it's the surface mated to the clutch friction disc in a manual trans. In a motorcycle, from my MMI experience and working as a mechanic, it has always been the magneto, located on the dry side of the engine(left side), which rotates around the stator. For example, you can buy flywheel weights to attach to you're OEM flywheel on a dirtbike to get things how you like. The multiple weights on the crankshaft of an inline 4cyl are known as the counterbalance weights. You can remove weight from those which many racers do to remove mass, improve efficiency by "knife-edging". That helps the counter-balance weights "cut" through the oil bath easier resulting in more power...but is a painstaking process which requires a complete engine teardown, and grinding off of mass, then reassembly, and finally having the unit balanced. Fortunately, I don't believe Honda went that route. So, those who prefer a lighter flywheel, can just have it machined off, or presumably, order one from a '08/'09 model. But prob cheaper to just have the newer one ground down.
 

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That means that in 2011 things are going to get real interesting with the new models being introduced!
 

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bring on 2011!i'm thinking there's going to be big changes.also give's the japs time to see if the new bmw s1000rr shifts well!!!!
 

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It would seem the need trend in bike models is every two years there's a revamp, with a major revision at the 4 year mark.
 
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