Monday, April 09, 2007

Kenny Roberts to build Fireblade-based superbike

Would you buy a Fireblade from this man?

Three-time 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ, Kenny Roberts doesn’t believe in slowing down. In January this year, Kenny had announced his new venture, KR Tuned, which is all about high-end, high-performance exhaust systems and chassis components for sportsbikes.

Now, from components, Kenny’s moving to building complete motorcycles. He plans to build 50 units of his own ‘trackday special’ superbike, using Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade engines. The engines will be supplied by Honda, but the chassis, bodywork and exhausts will come from Kenny’s own outfit.

Expect a 180 horsepower machine that goes very hard and handles extremely well. Also expect to pay a lot – you’ll need about US$50,000 to get your hands on one of King Kenny’s finest. Could be worth it though…

Update (6th Sep., 2007): 2008 Honda Fireblade revealed!

Also see:
NRV588: Norton Rotary racer lives again!
Down memory lane: Yamaha RD500LC
Faster and Faster: The pros tell you how!
Two-stroke glory: Suzuki RGV250

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