I have often wondered which type of motorcycle enthusiast tends to buy “special edition” or “limited edition” models. These can range from bikes with unique paint jobs (and a few other cosmetic touches) to something like the 2016 Honda Fireblade SP ABS model shown above, which gets not only a “tri-color” paint job reminiscent of the bike raced by John McGuinness at the Isle of Man, but other pricey mods. These include an Akrapovičic exhaust, aftermarket levers, chain adjusters and brake discs. It carries a very hefty (several thousand British Pounds) price premium, as well.
Often these unique editions pop up during the final production year for a model (the Fireblade, as well as its U.S. equivalent, the CBR1000RR will be replaced next year). Do you pay a premium to buy bikes like these? Are you a collector? Do you ride them to the pub to show off … or do you just like the way they make you feel?
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