Honda SP-1 (and SP-2)

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

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)

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