Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorcycle Live -

HIGH­LIGHTS O In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit (IMU) O …hlins Step mo­tor-type Elec­tronic Con­trol (S-EC) sus­pen­sion O Cor­ner­ing ABS

2017 is the 25th an­niver­sary of the Fire­blade, and while we all hoped Honda would do some­thing spe­cial to mark the mod­elõs quar­ter-cen­tury, we could­nõt have dreamed that theyõd go this far. The re­sult is a stun­ning spec­i­fi­ca­tion that hints at the Fire­blade be­ing back in with a shot at the su­per­bike crown in 2017.

Lead­ing the dec­i­ma­tion of the rule­book is the in­tro­duc­tion of a wild ar­ray of elec­tronic con­trol sys­tems Ð all knit­ted to­gether by the new five-axis In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit. The SP is also the first Honda mo­tor­cy­cle to be equipped with …hlins S-EC sus­pen­sion front and rear, us­ing an NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock.

Thereõs a full-colour TFT liq­uid crys­tal dash that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs to am­bi­ent light and fea­tures three dis­play modes, and a phe­nom­e­nal range of elec­tron­ics ad­just­ment and rider per­son­al­i­sa­tion.

The SP is 14kg lighter than the old Blade, weigh­ing in at a kerb mass of 197kg, has a quick­shifter and au­to­blip­per and cor­ner­ing ABS, while peak power is now a claimed 189bhp @ 12,500rpm, with peak torque of 81.79ftlb @ 10,500rpm.

And itõs all wrapped up in a classy pack­age that bound to han­dle with trade­mark Honda neu­tral­ity.

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