Thursday, September 25, 2008

HANNspree Ten Kate replica Honda Fireblade


Repsol-replica Fireblade, not for you? How about this HANNspree Ten Kate replica then...
HTK-replica pic: Fireblades.org

If you have to get a racer-rep CBR1000RR, and the 2009 Repsol-replica Fireblade doesn’t quite do it for you, there’s another option now – the HANNspree Ten Kate replica ’Blade. No, Honda aren’t doing an official HTK replica just yet, but you could take your bike to the UK-based Dream Machine and they’ll do up your bike just like the one you see here…

And while we’re on the subject of an HTK replica Fireblade, we thought it might be interesting to take a quick look at the real thing. How does a stock Fireblade stack up against the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda World Superbikes CBR1000RR? Hmmm… let’s start with the engine. The World Superbikes racer has the same 999.8cc Honda inline-four, but the compression ratio is bumped up a bit. Power goes up from the stock ’Blade’s 175bhp to more than 215bhp on the HTK racer. Torque also goes up, but HTK are not saying by how much.


The one on the left packs 40-50bhp more than the one on the right. And that's just for starters...

The stock Fireblade uses Honda’s PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection, while the HANNspree Ten Kate racebike uses the PiResearch Pectel fuel injection system, but with the same 46mm injectors as the stock bike. Other changes include the use of an HRC kit air-filter, a bigger fuel tank (22 litres, up from 17.7 litres), ignition system from PiResearch (with different ignition timing), wet multiplate STM slipper clutch and HRC kit six-speed transmission.

The HTK Fireblade doesn’t use any stock suspension components at all. Instead, the WSBK machine gets WP suspension – RCMA 4800 front fork with a closed cartridge damping system, and 4618 rear shock with hydraulic preload adjuster. Of course, both ends offer a vast range of adjustments. And finally, the HTK racer uses Nissin brakes, and runs 16.5-inch wheels rather than the stock bike’s 17-inchers.


Unless you're Dani Pedrosa himself, the stock 'Blade should be quite all right...

So, yes, even with a full HANNspree Ten Kate Honda replica paintjob, a stock Fireblade isn’t likely to keep up with the real WSBK racebike. Then again, unless your name is Dani Pedrosa or Nicky Hayden, the stock ’Blade offers more performance than you could ever use on the street or on the track, so that’s probably all right…!

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Elsewhere today:
Cagiva Mito, with turbocharged 500cc Honda twin-cylinder engine...


Honda (UK) has unveiled this limited edition CBR1000RR Fireblade in celebration of Steve Brogan’s British Superstock Championship title win with the HM Plant Honda team. Only 100 units of this LE 'Blade will be built...

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