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Chris Dabbs  says:

Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

"I have been saving up to buy a new superbike but after being made redundant recently I have been forced to scale back my plans. I don’t want to give up on my dream of owning a litre sportsbike but I need to think a bit more economically. I reckon I can stretch to around £4,000. Any ideas?" James Dewhurst, Bristol The...

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Feb 13

Posts: 1278

AlexDAbomB69 says:

No Fireblade!

I own a 2001 929cc FireBlade and its a allot cheaper to buy and run than an SP1. I found that it is a better road bike as well. It all depends on what you want for your money but I paid £2500 for mine and it is all the bike I need.

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Jul 04

Posts: 20

yamahayzr500 says:

Honda SP-1 - 100 miles then stop for juice No thanks

Honda SP-1 - I am sure it's a great bike but, 100 miles then stop for juice I seen a guy with a 5 litre petrol can strapped to his SP-1 seat seat !!! No thanks Fazer 1000 brilliant bike !!!!

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Jan 13

Posts: 26

js70062 says:

+1 for the SP-1

Rare, fast, cheap, reliable, pretty. It's called having your cake and eating it.

Ignore the tank size, 100 miles is plenty. If it's too little, then you're not riding twisty enough roads.


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Feb 09

Posts: 48



I've always wanted a Honda SP1 in red, and an SP2 in white! Being greedy I know!!! Blades and R1's all look great but you see them everywhere, when you see and hear an SP1/2 go past you at full chat sounds awesome!

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Feb 04

Posts: 36

itrackday says:


Definitely my favourite bike of all that I have owned, and I have had a few. I'm not sure it was the best, the Power Commander definitely helped with the jerky throttle response, but for me it had even more soul than a Ducati.

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Jul 09

Posts: 133

chriswren says:

Simples SP1............  get a good one, and keep it good and it will start to go up in value.

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Aug 02

Posts: 102

hondagixer says:

the sp1

loved it from the day i first sat on one. you just felt special on it. the noise with race cans on was really something else and it really held well into the corners faster than you should be going.

the best bit.? the dash. way ahead of anything else at the time and when i ever stopped on the road it got my eyes. pity i only got 50-60 miles out of it but for a weekend toy just a wonderful bike which now is much much better value than buying a new machine. and its a honda.


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Nov 02

Posts: 1340

norris says:


Had my RSV for over 6 years and 63,000 miles. Bullet proof engine, and it doesn't dissapear up the crack of your ar*e when you ride it.

SP2 a great bike, but for me they're too small.  The biggest disadvantage with the big twins has to be fuel. 90 miles to a tank is average on the RSV.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8491

snev says:

RSV1000R 2006

£4000, 5762 miles, no corrosion, fantastic components. Amazing ride..... bargain.

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Feb 10

Posts: 69

yzf07 says:

get the R1

if i had the choice i go for the R1 but stick a steering damper on it and a powercommander and loose the exup valve. my m8 owns one and loves it.I've got the 1999 version. 

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