2017 BIKE: ALL- NEW, SAME- OLD

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THE NEW FIRE­BLADE SP2s Honda Rac­ing will be con­vert­ing into BSB bikes ar­rive this month. The evo­lu­tion­ary na­ture of the new bike should help with de­vel­op­ment. “We’re hop­ing that a lot of the work we’ve al­ready done will carry over,” says Paul. “None of the chas­sis mount­ing points have changed and the ge­om­e­try is the same, so we should be able to use yokes, swingarms, the fuel tank and sub­frame, sav­ing us some work. We’ll have to get new body­work made, but that is prob­a­bly the only ma­jor work we need to do with the chas­sis.

“Even the SP2’s unique pis­tons and cylin­der head shouldn’t be too dif­fer­ent in terms of what we need to do – we’re ex­pect­ing the work we’ve done with camshafts to trans­fer to the new en­gine. The ride-by-wire in­jec­tion will be the ma­jor ben­e­fit for us in terms of ride­abil­ity.”

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