Honda SP-1 (and SP-2)
After a few valiant failures, Honda needed a radical approach to WSB in the early 2000s, abandoning 750cc fours for an all-new 1000cc V-twin – the SP-1.
Like previous RCS, the 999cc V-twin featured clever tech including a geared cam drive, fuel injection and sidemounted rads. The Motogp-inspired, twin-spar alloy chassis had top-notch Showa suspension and huge Nissin brakes. It was enough for Colin Edwards to win the WSB title first time out, a feat the Texan repeated with the lighter, more refined SP-2 in 2002.
Today, the SP-2 is significantly more valued – although prices are still way behind the RC30 and 45 – while the SP-1 remains an almost inexplicable bargain.
2000-2002 WSB pedigree at a bargain price: bag an SP-1
Edwards and SPS: 2000 (1st), 2001 (2nd), 2002 (1st)