The SP1 helped Honda achieve an important World super bike Championship victory in 2000 after three years of disappointment dominated by the powerful v-twin Ducati’s. However in 2000 The Honda VTR-SP1 also featured a 90-degree V-twin contributing to its championship success. The Honda VTR-SP1 Dunlop race replica, manufactured in 2002 was built to commemorate the mighty career of Joey Dunlop. One of the most famous motorcycle champions to have lived, Dunlop secured a record twenty-six race wins at the isle of man TT championship including three hat-tricks in 1985, 1988 and 2000.
Commissioned by Honda dealer, Tippets Motors of Surbiton, Surrey, and prepared by RS Performance the limited edition Joey Dunlop race replica was based on Joey’s own TT winning Y2K SP-1. Boasting 132hp the SP-1 is capable of achieving well over 165mph making it one of the fastest road going motorcycles of its time and comes with OZ Racing Wheels, an Arrow titanium exhaust, carbon-fibre rear hugger and a Power Commander. Along with the sponsor decals of Joeys own Y2K SP-1 it forms a desirable upgrade to the standard SP1 spec. Just 26 examples of the Dunlop edition were ever built in honour of his 26 TT race wins.
This particular race replica No.20 as shown on the bikes plaque was purchased new and has never been run, it has been kept in a glass case ever since with zero miles to show. It is described by the vendor as being in pristine ‘showroom’ condition. Offered with the original bill of sale it resembles the ultimate collectable example of Honda’s awesome V twin sports bike.