Honda has revealed its full 2022 European motorcycle line-up at the EICMA show in Milan, but out of the lot, the bike that stole the limelight was the very special, limited edition super sports flag ship – the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary Edition.
Designed to celebrate the original, ground-breaking Fireblade and 30 years of continuous challenges since the introduction of that 1992 game-changer, the stunning Limited Edition 30th Anniversary version of the Fireblade SP will be available in 2022.
Its tricolour paint scheme pays faithful homage to the original, with the ultra-modern feel of the 20YM stripe layout merged with ‘brushstroke’ style elements of the 1992 machine.
The Design Project leader of that first model’s unforgettable paint work, Hiroaki Tsukui, is also responsible for what you see for 2022.
In a real behind-the-scenes look at his work, with rare access to a designer’s process, he takes us through the inspiration for the unmistakeable design of the first ‘Blade, and how it translates to the latest, the Fireblade SP 30th Anniversary.
The Fireblade SP will also be available in two standard paint options, Grand Prix Red and Matte Pearl Morion Black, both now with gold wheels, while the Fireblade itself wears an updated Grand Prix Red paint scheme with prominent white number boards on the front fairing.
The changes are more than skin deep, with technical changes to the 214 hp inline four-cylinder engine that focus on improving mid-corner acceleration and drive. The final drive sprocket also goes up 3 teeth, to 43, further boosting acceleration through each ratio.
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been optimised for refined rear tyre traction management with input from HRC’s riders, and throttle feel even further refined.
A new material and surface finish for the Fireblade’s front Nissin brake calipers’ pistons improves braking performance and consistency in race conditions.
The Fireblade SP’s Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (SE-C) and Brembo equipment continue to offer top-draw suspension and braking, alongside a newly optimised quick shifter.