BSB Fire­blade

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

The beauty is in the de­tail. The huge swingarm and shock link­age al­low more room above the swingarm pivot for the tank, the fac­tory Nissin brakes are stun­ning and I even get ex­cited about the shrink-wrapped lock­wiring. It was tip­ping down so the team di­alled in a wet map, mak­ing it very gen­tle be­low 7000rpm – but af­ter 9000 it has real bite. The Motec quick­shifter is one of the fastest I’ve used – you strug­gle to hear the revs fluc­tu­ate be­tween changes. But I could hear and feel the air-bleed sys­tem work­ing, as it chucked fuel in on a closed throt­tle to re­duce en­gine brak­ing. The chas­sis doesn’t feel as rigid as you’d ex­pect, in fact the sus­pen­sion is re­mark­ably plush. The Nissin brakes are equally friendly, and boast good feel, but I didn’t like the two-fin­ger short lev­ers that Lin­foot favours.

It’s be­ing re­placed next year but the squad have ex­tracted ev­ery last ounce of per­for­mance.

Tech spec 225bhp, 165kg Race record and four One win, 13 podi­ums pole po­si­tions. Why it mat­ters It’s the ul­ti­mate Honda Fire­blade.

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