Honda’s stunning Suzuka 8 Hours Fireblade SP Custom Concept
After 10 years away from factory-supported domestic Superbike racing, Honda have returned to the competition with the new Fireblade. However, outside of Japanese Super Bikes (JSB), Honda’s top priority is winning the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race. To achieve this, they have produced a very special CBR1000RR Fireblade SP that will be piloted by Honda test rider and multiple Suzuka winner, Takumi Takahashi. And running alongside there is a road-going replica!
To celebrate their renewed vigour, Honda have produced the Fireblade SP Custom Concept, which is available for Japanese buyers and which we hope will eventually head to Europe.
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The base bike is a 2018 Fireblade SP, so it has the same 189bhp, 999cc engine, as well as the full electronics package and electronically-adjustable Öhlins suspension. It also has a glorious Suzuka replica paint scheme that really makes it stand out from the crowd.
As well as a fancy paintjob, the Custom Concept has a host of trick parts including lightweight OZ Piega wheels, just like the ones used on the factory race bike. Then there’s a Brembo RCS master cylinder now paired to Brembo monoblocks, Agras rearsets, GB Racing case covers, Active carbon fender kit, Gilles Tooling lever guards and a Euro4-compliant Akrapovic carbon end can.
The approximate cost of all these parts separately is £5000, so it’s expected that the finished bike will be roughly the same price as an SP2.
Sadly, for now, the SP Custom is only planned for the Japanese market, although if it proves to be popular enough it may become available internationally. What do you think? Do you want to see this beautiful Custom Concept for sale in the UK? Leave a comment on MCN’s Facebook page and we will forward them to Honda!