A bike with no bells or whis­tles needed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

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.

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