Top 10 stunning homologation specials - page two

Track-ready production bikes to make you drool

8: Aprilia RSV Mille SP

Aprilia’s era of WSB success may have come with the RSV4, taking four titles in the five years spanning 2010 to 2014 but the firm’s first foray into the championship was arguably more impressive still. The RSV Mille V-twin, launched in 1998, was Aprilia’s first big bike, and its homologation version – the SP – had all the usual bolt-ons to make it faster. After an exploratory year with Peter Goddard aboard a single entry in 1999, its full WSB onslaught started in 2000. The first win came in the second round – at Phillip Island – with Troy Corser. He’d win four more times during the year, taking 3rd in the championship. Not bad for a firm that had never made a multi-cylinder four-stroke before.

7: Honda VTR1000 SP1/SP2 ‘RC51’

You need to be a Honda nerd to spot the differences between the VTR1000 SP1 and SP2, so we’re including both here. Both are ‘RC51’ machines, named to tie in with the earlier RC30 and RC45. It’s a misnomer, though; ‘RC’ in Honda-ese means four strokes with a capacity between 601cc and 900cc. Bigger bikes like the 999cc V-twin VTR1000 SP1 and SP2 are given the code ‘SC’. So, confusingly, the ‘RC51’ is actually the SC45…  Clear? Good.

Designed as a direct response to Ducati’s stream of V-twin WSBK titles, the VTR1000 SP use a tuned version of the FireStorm’s engine, bolted to a completely new aluminium frame. Unlike the usual homologation special – production bikes with bolted-on tweaks – the SP1 and SP2 were dedicated designs intended to win the WSBK title. They did; Colin Edwards dominated the bike’s debut year, 2000, and won it again in 2002. As investments go, a decent SP1 or SP2 has got to be a good bet these days, given the way RC30 and RC45 prices have risen…


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