Gold-colored, forged magnesium alloy Marchesini wheels.
998cc, four-cylinder engine. 189 bhp, 116Nm torque. Top speed, 186 mph. Estimated zero-sixty-two mph, 2.9 seconds. Weight, 195kgs. Five hundred built at £22,225 apiece (sold-out in the UK). And oh, those beautiful wheels.
Honda says the SP2 is “A road legal homologation special, (using) the Fireblade SP as a base, ready for race use. . . The engine has a revised cylinder head: valves, combustion chambers and pistons.
“If you want a motorbike to behave and to do as it’s told, light wheels are a great place to start,” writes the Daily Star Sunday (UK). “The Fireblade is already a very lightweight motorbike but the Marchesini wheels on the SP2 make a noticeable difference to the steering, particularly in high-speed direction changes,” writes reviewer Mark Forsyth, who spent real track time on the Honda’s flagship superbike. “The heavier the wheel, the harder it is to turn at high speed. Wheel weight also has a huge effect on suspension. A lighter wheel allows a lighter spring to be used and offers finer damping control,” noted Mr. Forsyth.
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