Honda SP2

Old flame keeps em­bers lit

BIKE (UK) - - CONTENTS - Adam Small­man Con­trib­u­tor Been rid­ing for: 33 years An­nual mileage: 6000 Favourite B-road bike (and why): KTM 990 Ad­ven­ture R - I never had chicken strips on this one Owns: Honda SP2, BMW S1000RR, Suzuki GSXŒR1000 K1 track bike

IREGRET SELL­ING TWO BIKES IN MY LIFE. The Yamaha XT500 thumper I rode to Aus­tralia went to a born-again Chris­tian in Guild­ford. This SP2 – the orig­i­nal V-twin, not your John­ny­come-re­cently top-spec Fire­blade – went to a lava­tory en­gi­neer three years ago. I sold it for £5100 with 33,000 miles on the clock and bought it back for £5500 with a mere thou­sand miles added. That 8% rise in value is half that of the FTSE 100 over the same pe­riod. ‘Ap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sics’ my arse. The pre­vi­ous owner un­der­took some top-qual­ity fid­dling, in­clud­ing LED tail lights and un­der­tray and switched the thin braided brake hoses I’d fit­ted back to the orig­i­nal rub­ber ones. The first job in our re-ac­quain­tance was a like-for-like re­place­ment of the aged Met­zeler M7 RR tyres. The M7s on my S1000RR made the four-year-old rub­ber feel like teak. A 140-mile hoon from Lon­don to Chich­ester and back was about the best it can get. Sta­bil­ity-to-die-for, un­flus­tered pace and a gearbox to shame the Beemer. She’s good. But weight and brakes got me think­ing and back on went the braided hoses and a re­place­ment mas­ter cylin­der kit. I’ve yet to get an af­ter­mar­ket hose kit where the an­gle of the unions is right. Dis­ap­point­ing. I’ll get them tai­lor-made next time. Big bikes of the noughties tended to be fit­ted with beefy 530 chains and sprock­ets but if 520 is good enough for the 190bhp S1000RR then it’s good enough for the SP2 with 60bhp less. And, wow, what a sav­ing in weight. The 530 chain and steel sprock­ets front and rear to­talled 3.475kg. The 520 set (the alu­minium rear sprocket is un­sprung weight and is 42-teeth vs the steel one’s 44 teeth) was 1.433kg. Now all I need is the XT500 back. If its owner is out there, well, it’s what God wants you know.

Honda SP2: back where it be­longs

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