World's Fastest Production Bike?


Are you looking for the world's most powerful and expensive production road bike? Well look no further, because according to the newly formed, Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer Icon Motorcycles, it's the 250+bhp, £107,000 Icon Sheene.

First revealed at the recent Goodwood pre-season media day, this arresting machine is British businessman Andrew Morris' vision, now a running reality, of the ultimate road-going motorbike and a tribute to his boyhood hero; the late, great Barry Sheene. Endorsed by Sheene's widow Stephanie and by ex-team mate and best mate Steve Parrish, just 52 Icon Sheenes are planned to be built-one for each year of Barry's life.

When it was put to chief Icon test rider Parrish that £107,000 (US$160,000) was ‘quite a lot', even for a 200 mph motorcycle, he replied, "If you look closely then you can see the value". So, let's look closely. The engine is a hand-built, Garrett turbocharged Suzuki GSX1400 air-cooled lump (because it looks like an engine) with Carrillo rods, Wiseco pistons and other competition-spec internals. 250bhp with 133lb/ft is claimed at the rear wheel, even in lowest (0.4bar) boost mode. This is wrapped in an all-aluminum, purpose-built Spondon tubular frame complemented by an aluminum Fabrication Techniques swing-arm with Bitubo rear suspension and usd forks.
With carbon-fiber race wheels, ISR calipers, discs and levers, hand-laid carbon-fiber bodywork, a handmade aluminum tank, twin hand-crafted aluminum oil coolers, a handmade stainless exhaust, Bosch Motronic engine management (with custom mapping and datalogging), digital instrumentation, keyless starting and F1-spec wiring throughout, this is obviously no bargain basement machine.

The Icon also flaunts detailing to further woo wealthy buyers such as etched and engraved plaques and yokes, a hand-painted 1940s style pin-up girl and Sheene's lucky no.7 embroidered into the heart-shaped alcantara bum-stop.

So: powerful, fast and expensive it undeniably is. But could this Icon also be a gauche, mildly exploitative, over-priced white elephant, much of which-frame, engine and styling-wouldn't have been cutting-edge twenty years ago? You decide.

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