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Older, more desirable and increasing in value just like Dangerous Bruce (he claims), Honda’s SP-1 is a classic sportsbike in the making.


The joys of pre-ABS motorcycling…


It’s not particularly rare, powerful or even all that pretty, but there’s something about the Honda VTR1000SP-1 that makes it alluring. It’s an icon; a stand out motorcycle that was built with a purpose and delivered on that pledge to take Ducati down to China Town, by beating them at their own game in the V-twin ruled World Superbike paddock. But that meant nothing to me when this bike first came into my life, way back when I was a spotty 14-year-old working at a bike dealership, with the simple task of riding one from the car park to the service bay.

It was a journey that lasted only slightly longer than my first ever snog with Becky Big Boobs, but I cherished every moment of that 37-metre joyride, unlike the bike’s owner who was having kittens as I thumbed his new sportsbike into life, and threw unnecessary revs down the V-twin’s booming end-cans.

Damn, it felt so good, but that experience had also left me in a confused and wanting state. Like an addict without a fix, there were questions I needed answering. How did it handle? What was it like at wheelies? Could owning one get me a ménage et trois with Becky Big Boobs and her friend? I never did find the answer to that last one, but the other two questions got dealt with late last year when my mate Peter Boswell just happened to mention he had a couple of these HRC-inspired lovelies tucked away in his garage. Better still, he invited me to try one out for size, to which I (metaphorically) bit his hand off, and headed down south on my modern day Blade SP for a bit of a ride swap.

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In this month's issue of Fast Bikes... - Johann Zarco exclusive Marquez didn't dare stay in front of me - Battling Bimotas Classic YB4 takes on the BB3 - WSB Slayer Honda SP-1 for £3.5K - Ducati 959 vs MV F3 800 etc