Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Freddie: Retro SBK’s Freddie Spencer tribute

That's Retro SBK's tribute to Freddie Spencer - The Freddie
Remember Freddie Spencer? Back in 1985, the American racer became the only man ever to win both the 250cc and the 500cc motorcycle GP racing world championships in the same year. Today, California-based outfit, Retro SBK are offering a custom-built bike in tribute to the great man.

Their bike, The Freddie, is based on a heavily modified Honda CBR1000RR. Mods include strengthened chassis and swingarm, re-valved Ohlins front forks, Ohlins rear shock with special titanium spring, forged Magnesium PVM wheels, six-piston monoblock calipers, radial pump master cylinders, and even a thumb-operated rear brake!

That's Spencer himself, in action on his Honda GP racer
The Freddie also gets a custom calibrated Motech data acquisition system, STM slipper clutch, Arrow GP-replica exhaust system, carbonfibre bodywork and a paint scheme that mimics Freddie Spencer’s 1983 Daytona-winning Honda CB750. The Freddie’s specially-tuned engine makes about 180 horsepower, and the bike itself costs an eye watering US$114,000.

Retro SBK say they’ll only make twenty of these Fast Freddie replicas, and each one will signed and numbered by Freddie Spencer himself. Want one? Visit the Retro SBK website for more information.

Video of Freddie Spencer in action at Daytona in the early-1980s
Also see:
Motorcycle racing: Then, and now...
Sportsbike development: No looking back!
1993 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ, Kevin Schwantz speaks
1987 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ, Wayne Gardner speaks
Twenty years of the Suzuki GSX-R750

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