Re: 2008 Fireblade
This from the latest Australian Motorcycle News;
"A new Fireblade is expected from Honda this year and its extremely likely that it will be a V4 as it seeks to get the upper hand in the battle against 1200cc twins in Superbike Racing.
With looks akin to the offspring of the current Fireblade and a RC212V MotoGP machine, the new 'Blade will be the first mass production V4 superbike since the Honda RC45.
AMCN sources have said that the new "Blade will receive a completely new exhaust system, which will see it hidden in the belly pan. Similar to the Hornet 600, the new exhaust is likely to snake back and forth under the engine with the outlet just in front of the rear wheel.
It is also tipped that Honda will release an up spec version that will serve as a more competitive template for Superstock racing as well as a homologation model for world superbike.
The up spec machine will have top of the line chassis components and exotic materials and components-like carbon fibre bodywork, magnesium engine covers, lightweight internals and a close ration gearbox".
Interesting stuff and I'm sure there will be lots of speculation until something firm is announced! I for one, am up for an upgrade this year and will be watching the release very closely as to whether I stay on a Honda or not. So far, 50/50.