HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP £19,125
FUEL 16 litres @ 45mpg = 158mile range POWER 189bhp @13,000rpm TORQUE 85ftlb @ 11,000rpm (both claimed) WEIGHT 195kg (kerb) SEAT 820mm THE RIDER Tim Thompson. Rode the first Blade in 1992 and had his mullet blown off. HEIGHT 5ft 7in WEIGHT 74kg email@example.com While Honda Racing’s new Fireblades were making calamitous headlines on the Isle of Man, weeks three and four on my new bike were relatively incidentfree – no surprise given that the essence of the electronically managed SP is turning out to be its refinement rather than raw, eye-popping excitement. It goes forward without wheelies and all that but with ruthless efficiency. New Michelin Power RS tyres replaced the OE Pirelli Supercorsa SPS and proved precise and unflappable during the wettest week of the year. They have a more road-focused profile than the Supercorsa, and feel especially good at mild lean angles.
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