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Honda Fireblade SP steals the show at MCN 2014

The 2014 Honda Fireblade SP in all its glory
The 2014 Honda Fireblade SP in all its glory
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by Thomas Waddingham

Those of you at last weekend's London Motorcycle News show would have noticed a particular continuous swarm of visitors around the Honda stand.

A celebrity perhaps? James May picking what bike to buy next? No.

The Spearmint Rhino girls straddling whatever metalwork took their fancy? Don't be silly.

Perhaps even Marc Márquez or Dani Pedrosa making a surprise guest appearance? Well actually you're not far off.

I'm talking of course about the unveiling of Honda's Fireblade SP. Yes, Honda's most successful supersports model has finally become available as an SP type to UK riders after it was first announced back in Milan in early November of last year.

With new suspension, brakes, a blueprinted engine and stunning new paint job, Honda has set out to please with the Fireblade SP, and we're pleased to report that the finished article doesn't disappoint.

Specifically for the SP, the Ohlins NIX30 forks and TTX rear shocks make the already near perfect handling of the bike that little bit better.

Riders will experience better control through the corners and a wider range of adjustment available so they can be set perfectly for the rider.

The new Brembo monoblocs emphasise the quality of braking that the new bike brings to the table with a controlled and delicate set of Brembo calipers that were exclusively designed for this model.

The SP's calipers feature a 30mm piston and 32mm piston, as this was the combination the SP test team felt worked the best.

That's not to say the everyday rider would immediately notice the difference, but it is this level of attention to detail that sets this years' Fireblade SP apart from all the rest.

At 177grams, these Blueprinted pistons are tuned to within +/-1g tolerance, compared to +/- 3g on the standard 'Blade.

The net result is a smoother acceleration in power and slightly more of it. It still may not be the most powerful of superbikes on the track but that does not mean to say that there isn't more than enough power to go around.

Buyers will also notice that the model also doesn't come with any traction control or interchangeable driving modes, nor for the price of £15,000 do you get a quickshifter.

What you do get though is a touch of class and a feeling of utter entitlement as you blitz around the track and glide through the corners.

The attention to detail and lustrous paint finish should be more than enough to convince any potential buyer.

If not, the Ohlins and Brembo packages are then thrown in to the mix to remind the rider that this is a bike that pushes the limits even further.

To see more of the new Honda Fireblade SP, click on the slideshow below:


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