Honda Fire­blade,

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In­spired by your mag­a­zine, I’ve been itch­ing to do a win­ter project for a while now and last year this old Fire­blade sort of fell into my lap. It had suf­fered an ac­ci­dent on a track­day, and the plas­tics had been smashed and bodged with filler.

How­ever as it had been laid up for al­most 10 years it was fine un­der­neath, and was a great ba­sis for a restora­tion. So over the last few months I’ve lightly re­stored it whilst try­ing to keep the spec as fac­tory as pos­si­ble.

To keep the costs down I used Chi­nese replica fair­ings – I was pleas­antly sur­prised about the qual­ity. I had the wheels, tank and ex­haust pro­fes­sion­ally painted; the trick­i­est job was re­build­ing the clocks as the rear case had been smashed in the ac­ci­dent. I’ve done it all-in for about £2000.

I’ve now rid­den 2000 trou­ble­free miles since the re­build. I can’t be­lieve how good these bikes are con­sid­er­ing they’re com­ing up for 25 years old.

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