Melling takes a spin on the 2007 HM Plant Honda CBR1000R that Ian Hutchinson piloted to a Superstock TT podium. See photos in the Memorable Motorcycles: HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR photo gallery and read more in the MMC: HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR review.
- The CBR1000RR dash is a lightly modified - duct tape mainly - road item.
- Simply open the throttle and it’s like having a huge bike-attracting magnet hovering 50 yards in front of you. No drama, no fuss, no effort – just infinite, creamy power which builds speed very fast and very deceptively.
- I have rarely ridden a more biddable, easygoing race bike in a lifetime of testing.
- The HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR took third in the 2007 Centennial TT at the hands of Ian Hutchinson and finished second in the same year's British Superstock championship under Steve Brogan.
- The rotary-type steering damper is a factory kit part.
- Phil Morris and the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR.
- Yes, that's a Centenary TT sticker - worth its weight in gold.
- HPR footrests are fully adjustable and super trick.
- The CBR1000RR swingarm is stock but lightweight and heavily GP influenced.
- The tall bubble fairing was superb.
- The CBR1000RR 43mm Honda forks have K-Tech internals.
- 320mm discs with radial calipers were outstanding.
- Melling was the first to ride the HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR after it was acquired by the Phil Morris Motorcycle Museum and given a light restoration.
- Despite Julian’s reassurance that the bike was as docile as a pet Labrador puppy, my lips were bone dry as I pulled into the pitlane.