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Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

Published: 15 April 2001

Japanese tuner Moriwaki is launching a 150bhp version of the Honda SP-1.

Called the MP101, they are hand built to order, with a range of specifications for use either on the road or track. The firm intends to produce around five bikes a month, with a total production of 30 machines this year and another 30 or 40 in 2002.

GP legend Wayne Gardner has been involved in its developed

Modifications include reworked engine internals and new camshafts to increase power from 135bhp to nearer 150bhp at the crankshaft – adding up to around 140bhp at the rear wheel. A range of chassis and styling changes complete the package.

The level of suspension is up to you. Moriwaki intends to offer four different versions with set ups ranging from near-standard to full-race depending on your wallet.

The bodywork is replaced with Moriwaki’s lightweight fibre-glass fairing and single seat unit, and while the base version keeps the stock Honda wheels, higher-spec models will feature lightweight Marchesini alloys.

All the bikes come with Moriwaki’s own high-level " Teardrop " exhaust system along with different clip-ons, rear-sets and an extra-big 24-litre aluminium fuel tank. The result is the look of a racetrack refugee.

The bike’s handling and performance should live up to the looks, as the MP101 has been developed with the help of GP legend Wayne Gardner.

The bikes will be sold exclusively through Passage, a Japanese bike shop that also intends to export the machines into Europe and America.

Prices will vary depending on the bike’s specification, starting at around £15,000 in Japan – although shipping to Europe will add a significant premium.

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