Buy­ing used

Nearly-new 2016-spec SP is yours for a frac­tion of the price of the lat­est bike

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

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. 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’

The out­go­ing SP is pretty spe­cial and yours for £8000 less than the 2017 bike

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