Nearly-new 2016-spec SP is yours for a fraction of the price of the latest bike
Why a 2016 Blade SP is the UK’S best sportsbike bargain
Our recent superbike shootout proved that the 2017 Fireblade SP is one of the best sportsbikes ever produced, but there is also actually very little wrong with the bike it superseded – and thanks to the advent of the new machine, the previous SP can now be picked up at great prices.
The 2017 bike retails at £19,125, but ultra-low-mileage, nearly-new 2016 SPS can be picked up for £11k. In fact, Grantham Honda have a 700-mile 65-plate SP in Repsol colours up for grabs at £10,999 – a saving of nearly £3500 from last year’s new price and £8000 less than a 2017 SP. And they’re not alone – as we went to press, there were a number of bikes on www. mcnbikesforsale.com at similar prices.
“I could have sold the last SP we had in many times over,” says Balderston BMW’S TJ Skrobot. “We just took one in as a part-exchange on a S1000RR – we had lots of enquiries the first week and it sold the second. It was lovely – a 16-plate bike with 788 miles on the clock and it went for £11,300. They’re very popular, partly because of the price of the new bike and partly because dealers have been selling left-over new versions of the 2016 bike cheap, which has pushed down used prices.”
MCN’S Matt Wildee tested the 2016 and 2017 SPS back-to-back earlier in the year and while he says the new bike is very, very good, the old bike remained an impressive piece of kit. He said: “There is no doubting that the new bike is an improvement, but there is still a huge amount to recommend the older machine. This 2016 bike is a homologation special, designed to improve Honda’s fortunes in production bike racing. It has Öhlins front and rear, Brembo monoblock calipers and a lighter subframe.
“Best of all is the motor, which is a blueprinted, hand-built powerhouse – full of creamy midrange drive and with 171bhp at the back wheel. It’s formidable and backs it all up with being one of the final superbikes with no mode switches, traction control or wheelie control. It’s as pure as it gets. John Mcguinness actually bought one as his own road bike, which says a lot.”
‘I could have sold the last Fireblade SP we had in many times over’