2017’S SPE­CIAL ONES

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BMW HP4 RACE £68,000 212bhp 171kg

You wait all your life for a car­bon­framed pro­duc­tion bike and two come along at once. The new HP4 RACE has a 7.8kg car­bon fi­bre twin spar frame, self-sup­port­ing seat unit and wheels, but un­like the Du­cati has an alu­minium swingarm. Power is up to 212bhp and the in­line four- cylin­der mo­tor is fit­ted with a closer­a­tio gear­box. It has BMW’S lat­est- evo­lu­tion elec­tronic rider aids and it’s drip­ping with race parts, in­clud­ing rac­ing Öh­lins, Brem­bos, and a 2D dash.

Honda Fire­blade SP2 £22,000 n/abhp n/akg

Honda have gone quiet about their ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial SP2 and we’re still un­sure of its ex­act power, weight, price or even when it will ar­rive in the UK. Only 500 will be pro­duced and it’s been built as a base for their WSB racer. It has light­weight forged alu­minium March­esini wheels, car­bon fi­bre fair­ing in­serts and a host of Rc213v-s-de­rived en­gine mods in­clud­ing new pis­tons, lighter gud­geon pins, larger valves, dif­fer­ent valve an­gles, a new com­bus­tion cham­ber shape, elon­gated spark plugs and a re­vised wa­ter jacket de­sign.

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