Weeks after creating hysterics upon releasing the SP/SP2, Honda has just unveiled its stock version of the 2017 Fireblade in Milan, and it looks damn similar to those spy shots snapped in Croatia. Oh, in fact, it’s the same…
The SP’s mantra filters down to the stock bike: more power, less weight and the addition of an electronics suite to modernise the ‘Blade. While the more basic model is bereft of Öhlins, Brembo, snazzy rims and the HRC tricolour paint, much of the SP’s core remains.
The good news is all three models share the same 189bhp Euro4-compliant motor (same bore x stroke figures as before), administered by Bosch’s new MM5.10 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. Overall weight is 15kg lighter than previously at 195kg. While rake and trail numbers are identical to its predecessor, the rigidity balance of the frame has been tweaked and wheelbase has been shortened. The primary chassis alteration is suspension – Showa BPF forks and a BFR shock replace the gold.
Electronics wise, the base model shares Honda’s traction control, wheelie control, engine braking control and rider modes with the SP and SP2, although you’ll have to pay extra for a quickshifter and blipper – available as an optional extra.
Rather than rewriting tech guff and having hurty fingers, you can view finer details on 2017’s changes here. We’ll bring you prices in the next few days.