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Fireblade still superhot hot after 25 years

  • Fireblade even sharper after 25 years
  • More weight shed from Honda sport bike
  • Two versions ready for 2017 sale
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HONDA FIREBLADE: Honda’s showpiece sport bike, the Fireblade, has been around for a quarter-century. This is the 2017 model. Image: Honda Motorcycles

LONDON, England – Honda is celebrating a quarter-century of the iconic Honda Fireblade – and its latest incarnation has just been released.

The original machine, launched in 1992, was a creation of designer Honda’s Tadao Baba whose obsession with cutting weight made it a game-changer in the sport-bike class.

While competitor bikes were all tipping the scales at 200kg or more the CBR900RR Fireblade was 15kg lighter – a benefit that, Honda says, “gave it exceptional performance, handling and braking”.

FOCUS STILL ON WEIGHT

The machine’s claimed build quality and reliability eventually made the Fireblade a classic. The name was super-evocative, too…

Fireblade fans visiting a motorcycle show in London from November 19 will be able to view the 2017 Fireblade – SP and SP2 models – for the first time and experience the next stage of Honda’s “Total Control” concept.

As did the original, the 2017 Fireblade has focused on power-to-weight ratio with a further 15kg shed to take the bike, Honda says, to a new level.

Power has been increased by eight 8kW.

‘SHARPER GEOMETRY, WIDER TYRES’

Honda will also use Motorcycle Live to show the CB1100 EX and CB1100 RS, also due to launch in 2017. The EX, the bikemaker says, “exudes classic style, with its stainless spoked wheels and short silencer”.

“The RS,” the company adds, “has sharper geometry, wide sport tyres and lower handlebars to deliver the hand-crafted style of its stablemate but with a sporting edge.”

Honda will also have a new riding feature at the show – “Experience Adventure” – for visitors to try the Africa Twin, one of six Honda adventure machines, on terrain for which they were designed. – Newspress

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