When 128kW is not enough
Track fans get a roadlegal superbike, writes CRAIG DUFF
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.