When 128kW is not enough

Track fans get a roadle­gal su­per­bike, writes CRAIG DUFF

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

THE su­per­bike of the year just got quicker. Mo­to­logic Racing Prod­ucts, the com­pany that pre­pares Honda’s CBR1000RR Fire­blade for Aus­tralian Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship du­ties, has turned its ex­per­tise to a road-le­gal ver­sion.

The re­sult is the MRP CBR1000RR Ul­ti­mate. It’s as close to the race bike as you want to get and still ride it on the road, ac­cord­ing to Mo­to­logic di­rec­tor Brad Free.

It’s also $34,990, al­most dou­ble the price of a reg­u­lar Fire­blade.

That’ll be hard for most rid­ers to jus­tify — and that suits Mo­to­logic fine.

Its prod­ucts are aimed at track­day en­thu­si­asts who want a per­for­mance bike they can ride dur­ing the week.

Mo­to­logic also recog­nises the bike has to main­tain the qual­ity that steers peo­ple to­wards Hon­das, so com­po­nents were in­stalled only af­ter rig­or­ous test­ing.

High­lights of the Ul­ti­mate up­grade in­cludes HRC camshafts, an Akrapovic ex­haust, Showa fork up­grades and a Showa kit rear shock ab­sorber.

There’s also a Pre­mium ver­sion for a rel­a­tively mod­est $28,490. It’s still sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded on the stan­dard Fire­blade, but misses out on the HRC camshafts and uses a slip-on Akrapovic ex­haust rather than the full sys­tem on the Ul­ti­mate.

The MRP mod­els will be built in Mo­to­logic’s Mel­bourne work­shop and Free es­ti­mates it will take a month to com­plete each or­der.

The bikes will have their build num­bers on the steer­ing head, af­firm­ing their ex­clu­siv­ity and — hope­fully — re­sale value.

The Ul­ti­mate pro­duces ‘‘at least’’ 9kW more than the 128kW in the stan­dard CBR1000RR, says Paul Free, the other half of the Mo­to­logic team. It also weighs 6kg less. That trans­lates into a ma­chine that han­dles bet­ter and goes harder than just about any­thing with a li­cence plate.

The only thing that comes close on pa­per is Du­cati’s 1098R— and that’s an­other $20,000.

Spot the dif­fer­ence: racer Glenn Aller­ton tries the MRP for size.

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