Ultimate FireBlade sports tourer unveiled
It could be the ultimate sports tourer. Renowned tuner Russell Savory has taken a 2002 FireBlade and tweaked into a luxury 180bhp transcontinental express, that’s equally at home on far-flung trackdays.
For the full story on Savory’s stunning sports-tourer, don’t miss the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday June 5, but here’s our first impressions:
*Called the Gran Turismo, it’s based on Savory’s FireHawk – the road-going version of the FireBlades he runs in his Motopower British Superbike squad.
*The Gran Turismo makes around 40bhp more than the stock FireBlade
* The power boost comes from BSB-spec cams, valves and cylinder head modifications, ram-air and a Laser race exhaust system.
*A new top fairing gives you more weather protection. The riding position is adjustable for both touring and more committed riding.
*The front suspension has been modified by Savory to improve feedback.
*OZ wheels reduce unsprung weight and help the bike turn more quickly.
*The rear shock has been replaced with a WP unit.
* There’s a host of bespoke touring equipment for the Gran Turismo, including: GPS, an intercom, and Givi panniers – but you’ll have to leave passengers at home once they’re fitted.
Savory says: " We are aiming at the kind of rider who likes to tour with a group of other riders and enjoy the handling of the bike without a pillion, " he said.
Savory will build the bikes to individual taste, but the one pictured will set you back around £15,000. However, if you already own a 2002 Blade, Savory will sell a complete kit consisting of the new fairing upper, top yoke and peg lowerers for £1050. The GPS system adds an extra £1000.