This Honda CBR1000FP was once my everyday ride. Bought for just £500 back in 2008, complete with almost 12 months MOT and an almost-new exhaust system, the big old CBR has done me proud.
The true mileage is a mystery, as the MOT paperwork trail stopped at 97,000 miles, and the car-inspired dash admitting to 99,657 when I bought it, but obviously the speedo never worked. But for two years I rode the bike every single day, and other than a hydraulic clutch failure (which made for an interesting ride), I had no other problems. I fed it on part-worn tyres, secondhand chains, and even topped up with recycled oil.
With two MOTs under it’s belt, not even I was going to push my luck with another one. Having lived outside and used in all weather, including snow on more than one occasion, the one lush Honda finish was finished. The swing arm had gone rusty, the shock had stopped working, and the linked brakes Honda blighted this model with now refused to work. This was handy for the last proper trip out it made – to Santa Pod in 2010.
On the drag strip, the lack of linked brakes was handy for burnouts. Which was useful as with zero prep and a borrowed entry sticker from another bike, the Honda was lined up on the Pod’s quarter mile – with interesting results.
Lining up against a newer and more cared-for Yamaha R1, our volunteer drag jockey lit the back tyre up and edged forward to the start. 11.33 seconds later he had not only reached 124mph, but also beaten the R1 home – which caused a few laughs.
To go out with a bang, the bike was then handed to some cheeky chaps from the preskoolsuzuki site, but their attempts at Honda euthanasia failed miserably. Even five minutes spent with the cruise control (sticky throttle) jammed wide open couldn’t kill the beast. So since then it’s been parked up in my way. And it still starts up on 3-year-old fuel and no sympathy. I’ve really run out of ideas for what to do with it, as there’s nothing worth selling unless you want 100,000+ mileage parts?
The bike cover has blown away, the neighbours are probably cheesed off with the CBR1000FP garden feature, and after spending a day looking for the key, I discovered it had been in it all this time, and still nobody wanted to nick it.
So what to do with the Mothership? Beach racer at Pendine 2014? Sand racing at Mablethorpe? If we do something by the sea at least we could pop it on some pallets and give it a Viking funeral…