A bike with no bells or whistles needed
This weekend, the 2016 MCE British superbike Championship kicked off, with the opening round at silverstone.
To celebrate, Honda (UK) unveiled two new Fireblade Specials in front of the race-day crowd.
Honda Racing’s BSB riders Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran took a break from the hectic race-day schedule, surprising the Silverstone crowd by riding a parade lap aboard the new TT Special and Black Edition Fireblades.
Nick Campolucci, head of motorcycles at Honda, introduced the bikes to the crowd.
“What a fitting setting in which to celebrate these bikes – Silverstone at the start of race season. The current generation Fireblade has been with us for the best part of a decade and keeps on surprising,” he said.
“The Black special is a no-nonsense Fireblade, reflecting the Honda mantra behind the bike – that you don’t always need all the bells and whistles to enjoy the ride and to obtain peak performance on-track.
“The TT Special is an acknowledgement of the incredible success that continues to be achieved with the Fireblade. John McGuinness smashed the TT lap record last year and it’s doubly apt that we launch this bike today, in the same time that John was awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club. If you look at the past winners of that award, it reads like a who’s who of motorsport.”
The TT Fireblade, with its TT tri-color paint job comes packed with race-inspired extras including a MotoGP-style Akrapovic exhaust, limited edition black Gilles FX Levers, with Honda Racing etching and Gilles MotoGP lever guard.
It also features Gilles TCA chain adjusters – including paddock stand lifters – and crash pads, as well as Galfer stainless, laser-cut wave discs. The TT Fireblade is priced at £16,999 OTR.
Meanwhile the Black Edition adds a host of dark refinement to Honda’s popular CBR1000RR Fireblade machine. It features a special edition smoked screen (27mm higher than standard), Gilles brake leavers with Honda etching and Galfer front wavy discs.
Also fitted, as standard, to the Black Edition is a Honda colour-matched seat cowl and carbon fibre hugger. The Black Edition is priced at £12,199 OTR.
Race-goers will see Black Edition Fireblades used by BSB’s title sponsor, MCE Insurance, as pillion bikes at each BSB round this year.
For more information visit honda.co.uk.