John McGuiness back with Honda for 2022
He’s won 23 TTs. He was the first man ever to lap the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course at over 130mph. In 2022 he’ll start his 100th TT race. His name’s John McGuiness, and next season he’ll be back where he belongs, racing a Honda Fireblade at the... Read more
2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
2022 was always going to be a special year for Honda and the Fireblade brand. That’s because it’s 30 years since the first ones started appearing in showrooms. Since 1992 the Fireblade has seen umpteen iterations; some world-beating, others not quite, but they’ve all enjoyed their fair share of... Read more
Top 5 most iconic sportsbikes ever
After a recent survey conducted by 44teeth.com, the top five most iconic sportsbikes have been revealed. The bikes in the short-list have all been voted for by you, the 44teeth.com community. There are some real golden oldies that didn’t quite make the cut, like the ZXR750, the GSX-R750 and... Read more
Honda announce 2021 BSB rider line-up
The Honda Superbike Challenge Program is Honda Motor Company’s latest venture, which aims to give national level racers the leg up they need to take the next steps in their careers. It’s just been announced that, as part of this program, 22 year old Japanese rider, Ryo Mizuno, has... Read more
Video: Shocking Workshop Skills
In another episode of 44T Blog Sessions, Jason Statham and Robert Webb attack the Vonda with an ill-fated attempt at removing the poorly shock. With the front-end sorted, it was turn of the Öhlins TTX unit to receive some much-needed affection and recall attention. We wouldn’t go as far... Read more
Oulton Park + Post-service Spankings
Bad news I’m afraid: Baron von Grumble was arrested by the carbon fibre police yesterday. The special force – who has strong links to government officials and MI6 – cited several horrendous clashes of carbon weave (particularly the conflicting directions) and a complete disregard for trackday fashion. Carbon wheels,... Read more
Video: Fireblade Fettling
After a lax servicing period and several track dates looming, we decided to treat BvG’s Fireblade to some much-needed refurbishment at JHS Racing. Brake pads needed changing (as you can see from the video), the oil needed dropping (it resembled Hulk’s jizz) and, in general, the whole bike required... Read more
Riding John McGuinness’s Superstock ‘Blade
There are numerous specs of rain on my visor. It’s still spitting – lightly spitting but headfucky nonetheless. Stone-cold prototype Dunlop NTECs with chunks ripped out still fresh from a four-lap TT race aren’t on warmers, and all I can think of is John McGuinness talking of “retiring the... Read more
Bouncy, Bouncy, Up and Downy
Hidden among the feast of factory superbikery at last week’s annual Honda/Dunlop pre-TT test at Castle Combe was this beauty: John McGuinness’ privately-run superstock Fireblade. On closer inspection of his steed, I noticed she wasn’t wearing the almost de rigueur golden suspension, instead dressed in purple kit – Maxton.... Read more
Öhlins FGRT Fork: The Fitting…
My passion for working on bikes stems from being forced (in a good way) to rebuild two-stroke motocross engines as a teenager, locked in a garage by my father with only battery acid to drink. You either love it or hate it, and patience is a vital prerequisite –... Read more
Top 5: Honda Fireblade Mods
Bereft of 200bhp and all the latest gizmos, Honda’s trusty old Fireblade is still the most popular big-bore sportsbike in the UK. Since the remould in 2008, it’s been at the top of the sales charts despite the lack of race wins on a Sunday, and constant updates of rivals.... Read more