I just read a rumour published on Cycle World that the 2021 Honda CBR600RR-R will have cornering ABS.
While many of the mechanical parts are believed to be getting carried over, the next CBR600RR should still be a very different machine thanks to a massive upgrade to its electronics. A new inertial measurement unit is the key to those changes, including lean-sensitive traction control and cornering ABS, bringing the CBR600RR’s tech into line with current expectations from sportbikes.
I'm kind of obsessed with cornering ABS (or an IMU that controls brakes). It's the next big thing in motorcycle safety. In a nutshell, cornering ABS means motorbikes that stay upright even if you jam on the breaks while leaned over.
Since the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R has an IMU fitted already, it makes sense that it'd trickle down to other motorbikes.
But no other motorbikes in the 600-cc class have cornering ABS so far. Even Kawasaki — who have always been pretty advanced with electronics on the ZX-6R 636 (they've had ABS 2013) — and who have an advanced IMU on multiple other motorcycles, don't have it.
I don't expect the motorcycle to change physically. The Honda CBR600RR looks basically the same since it was first introduced. Because it has always been a stunner.
Hopefully this is a sign of more changes to come. Can't wait!