A good number of our readers, ourselves included, grew up enjoying one of the most iconic racing games to hit the market: GranTurismo. If you grew up playing this game (or still do), or any mainstream racing simulator for that matter, then chances are you’re familiar with the famous Belgian circuit, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. As it would turn out, this circuit has an esteemed history, not just in car racing, but in motorcycle racing, too.
Now, 2022 marks the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps’ 100th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than with a special-edition motorcycle from none other than Honda. Now, 2022 also marks the 30th anniversary of Honda’s most iconic sportbike, the Fireblade. For 2022, Honda is releasing an extremely limited edition CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to commemorate the Spa’s centennial anniversary. Now, we know what you’re thinking, the bike looks just like the stock Fireblade. You’d be right, however, so much more lies beneath the surface.
Underneath this bike’s unassuming exterior lies tons of race-oriented upgrades that transform the Fireblade from a road-going sportbike to a full-fledged, race-prepped machine. The bike is being built by Belgian track-day and events organization DG Sports, and it features some truly mouth-watering gadgets and gizmos. For starters, the bike gets enhanced mid-range power thanks to a new HRC engine management system. To provide exhilarating sound, the bike gets a full Arrow exhaust system, too.
As for suspension, the special-edition machine is equipped with 43mm Showa BPF forks equipped with Öhlins cartridges for even sharper handling. Out back, a new Öhlins TTX monoshock keeps the massive rear tire planted under heavy acceleration. The bike gets revised ergonomics thanks to higher foot pegs and lower clip-ons, too. Finally, as a cherry atop this 215 horsepower cake, Honda has removed all the Fireblade’s street-legal componentry such as mirrors, indicators, and even its ABS system, making this bike a bonafide track-only weapon.