The CBR 1000SP Fireblade has been an icon of sports bikes for decades. The latest model keeps the same DNA to give our reporter Jeremy Webb the ride of the season around the New Forest.

    Launched in 1992, the Fireblade was a hit right from the start. 27 years later, the bike remains as popular as it ever was, with the 2019 model selling extremely well in the 1000cc market. As soon as you see it, you understand why it remains the choice of so many bikers.

    This is a bike built for the track that fortunately is legal on the road, allowing the rider to experience the stunning performance with total control. Advancements in safety technology help the rider without them even being aware of it, correcting the bike to make sure the wheels remain in contact with the road and adjusting braking as required. 

    For example, the Selectable Torque Control (HTSC) thought for circuit riding, helps the Fireblade exit corners, giving the rider much more confidence on the behaviour of the bike.

    Honda CBR 1000SP Fireblade

    On the other hand, for high-speed circuit use, the level of ABS intervention has been reduced, and deceleration performance improved substantially.

    A very clever innovation is the Fireblade’s new Wheelie Control system. However strongly the front wheel lifts, its “landing” is smoothly controlled, and the rider can fully concentrate on acceleration performance for the best possible lap time. The TFT display now has a ‘W’ for ‘Wheelie Control’ (with 3 levels available) alongside the Power, Engine Braking and HSTC settings. 

    Other technology improvements in the Fireblade include its semi-active motor-type Electronic Control suspension, its selectable Engine Brake, Quickshifter, Riding Mode Select System and Power Selector.

    On the road, you never really get the chance to fully experience the performance of the CBR 1000SP with its 189 bhp and potential top speed of 182mph, but it still gives you a great ride, as I personally experienced when I took it to a favourite of motorcyclists: the New Forest. However, the beautiful look of the bike makes for great photos in the stunning setting with its wonderful wildlife.  

    The New Forest lies within Hampshire and Dorset, covering an area of 219 square miles. It is a National Park shrouded in history. Used as a hunting area by monarchs since 1079, when William The Conqueror named the area his “new hunting forest”, it also became a source of wood to supply the Royal Navy in the construction of iconic ships like the HMS Victory.

    Many picturesque towns and villages lie within the New Forest. Particular favourites of mine are Brockenhurst, Lymington and Lyndhurst. In Lymington, you’ll discover a long history of smuggling, while tales of witchcraft, ghouls and folklore abound in Burley. Monastic and Victorian influences are obvious in Beaulieu; and if you want to see a bit of maritime history, look no further than at Buckler’s Hard.


    There are few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged. In fact, the system established by William the Conqueror to protect and manage the woodlands and wilderness heaths is still very much in place today through the efforts of our Verderers, Agisters and Commoners.


    Wildlife and nature are fundamental to the area and the ancient woodland brings with it not only some unique flora and fauna but the opportunity to see ponies, pigs, donkeys and cattle roaming free. Anyone with an eye for nature will enjoy wandering the footpaths, photographing the landscape or simply stepping away from the bustle of modern-day living. The iconic New Forest ponies roam the open heathland and can even be spotted strolling down high streets. 


    The New Forest National Park is also home to five species of deer: fallow, roe, red, sika and muntjac. The flora and fauna can be enjoyed in the heathland, woodlands and along our coastline. There are also several nature reserves that provided havens for wetland birds and other species of animal. If the weather is right, relax on one of the area’s beaches at Lepe, Milford on Sea or Barton-on-Sea or take a coastal walk along the Solent Way at Lymington or Hythe. 

    Although you can’t go faster than 40mph in the New Forest –to prevent accidents between vehicles and the roaming wildlife, this is still a great please to bring your Fireblade. The speed limit allows you to take in the beauty of the scenery and when riding to and from the forest you can enjoy some faster roads such as the A31and A35. On these A roads, you experience the awesome acceleration available in each gear and the impressive handling of the Fireblade. This is a super responsive bike to every inputwhether on the throttle or changing direction. 

    Hondas are known for being strong and reliable and the CBR 1000 SP is no exception, but is also very good looking, with its sharp lines and paint scheme. For the money, it is a superb road bike and great track one. The 2019 Fireblade is leaner, meaner, and keener. It is also slimmer, more powerful and lighter which makes for happy riding. 

    From £19,999
    https://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/super-sport/cbr-1000rr-fireblade-sp/specifications.html
    • Show Comments

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    ads

    You May Also Like

    The Range Rover Evoque

    A luxury SUV that invokes by Jeremy Webb The new Evoque launched in November ...

    A luxury SUV that invokes by Jeremy Webb The new Evoque launched in November 2018, to much expectation as the …

    Carrera: Race timing thoroughbred

    It all started with a road race. The “Carrera Panamericana” was inaugurated in 1950 ...

    It all started with a road race. The “Carrera Panamericana” was inaugurated in 1950 by the Mexican government and was …

    Go Green with a GoCycle

    GoCycle is a company going places and so are the people buying their, quick ...

    GoCycle is a company going places and so are the people buying their, quick folding electric bikes. The latest model …

    Aston Martin DBS

    Superleggera Tag Heuer Edition In celebration of its partnership with Swiss watch brand TAG ...

    Superleggera Tag Heuer Edition In celebration of its partnership with Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer, Aston Martin has launched the …

    Bugatti Baby

    Like your first kiss just behind the schoolyard bicycle sheds, you always remember your ...

    Like your first kiss just behind the schoolyard bicycle sheds, you always remember your first car. At the risk of …

    The new Bamford GMT

    A watch for the adventurer George Bamford’s name is synonymous with personalised luxury products, ...

    A watch for the adventurer George Bamford’s name is synonymous with personalised luxury products, having made a very successful career …

    Who’s Zooming Who

    Watches & Wonders is the sort of name only the watch industry could come ...

    Watches & Wonders is the sort of name only the watch industry could come up with but, whilst there were …

    Omega sets sail!

    A watch firm and an America’s Cup yachting team from the same country sound ...

    A watch firm and an America’s Cup yachting team from the same country sound like quite a winning combination and …

    Precious Moments of the Day

    Designed to share the lives of modern active women, the Twenty~4 collection by Patek ...

    Designed to share the lives of modern active women, the Twenty~4 collection by Patek Philippe was launched in 1999 as …