Ever wondered what it takes to make a road production motorcycle into one capable of winning a British Superbike race? Well, the team over at Honda has produced a six-part video series throughout the 2020 season called ‘Building The Blade’. Follow the journey from when the bikes arrived in December to the end of the 2020 British Superbike season…

Each video is between five and seven minutes long, so grab yourself a cuppa or a coffee and get comfortable and enjoy!

Episode one 

Watch as the team start working on the bikes, fresh from the assembly line, back in December 2019 to prepare them for the 2020 season. See the inner workings of the engineering team, the collaboration with Honda racers, the thought process behind bike adjustments, as well as the printing of a fuel tank with the help of their brand partners, Evotech.

Episode 2

See how the Honda BSB team work with Talos Designs and the craftsmanship that goes into developing a larger capacity fuel tank, as well as working with their partner, Nova Racing on a new specialised race gearbox.

Episode 3

This instalment looks into the electronics and what is required to set-up a brand-new machine using the championship-standard MoTeC ECU, along with fuel delivery and torque mapping of the engine. With limited development time, the Honda team focussed their efforts on maximising stock components for the Fireblade, including the frame and swingarm as they arrived at the opening round of the championship at Donington Park.

Episode 4

In this latest instalment, see how the Honda team develop its race radiators with Brad at Bora Specialised Fabrications, as well as the team’s diary from last time out at Oulton Park.

Episode 5

Check out how the team got on at Donington Park and watch how the team prepared the all-new Fireblade for its first time in wet conditions.

Episode 6

The final video from the Honda team rounds off the 2020 British Superbike season with final thoughts and hopes for the 2021 season from the riders, team and Honda.