Honda has this morning unveiled a Fireblade special edition to commemmorate John McGuinness’ 100th Isle of Man TT startin 2022.
In the Fireblade’s 30th anniversary year, Honda UK is joining the two forever by creating just 30 John McGuinness 100th Start replica CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SPs.
“The stars aligned for me to be back on a Honda Fireblade for my 100th TT start. It’s an awesome bike and has meant so much to me over my career. And, if I think about it, to so many other riders over the last 30 years too,” aaid the Morecambe Missile.
“I’m proud of my connection with its place in TT history and of this, my replica. There is no event like the Isle of Man TT in the world and this motorcycle celebrates Honda’s, and my own part, racing in it. That feels good. Really good.”
The 2022 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is armed with MotoGP tech throughout its four-cylinder engine, RCV213V-inspired aerodynamics, Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C) 43mm NPX forks and TT-36 rear shock, and full Brembo braking. In celebration of the Fireblade’s 30th year Honda have produced, in limited numbers, a 30th Anniversary model. And it’s this already special bike which forms the base of the new John McGuinness 100th Start replica.
As standard, the details set it apart; on start-up, there’s a ‘Ring of Fire’ screen animation as the display loads. The serial number is laser-engraved on the top yoke and 30th Anniversary logos are found on the Smart Key and laser-engraved on the Akrapovic muffler, marking the machine’s special place in Honda history.
But then, the special factor goes up several notches. And here’s why:
The John McGuinness 100th Start Fireblade wears a full replica respray, incorporating gold detailing and film strip (showing all of John’s TT starts on a Honda and 100th start sponsor logos) and gold wheel stripes
John’s signature will crown the airbox cover
Each will display an individually numbered plaque on the headstock
And equipped with a Genuine Honda Accessories carbon fibre front mudguard (weighing just 255g, 38% lighter than stock) and 10% lighter carbon rear hugger, plus rear seat cowl and tall screen
Metzeler Racetec RR tyres will be fitted - the original set of tyres will also be provided
No more than 30 units to be built; £30,000 OTR retail price