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Interesting comment in September Performance Bikes in an article about Dave Hancock, who Honda seem to hold in high regard, who says:

"Even spacers make a difference. We never finished the SP-1 properly because we had to get it into production. If you ride If you ride an SP normally it's fine, but ride it a bit harder and it starts to understeer and run wide. The biggest change was very small. We changed the spacers in the front wheel. On the SP-1 they were flat, on the SP-2 they had a taper, and that gave the bike much more flex and cured the understeer".

Annoyingly I've just bought (but not so annoyingly, I haven't yet fitted) a set of f+r Aluminum captive spacers to reduce weight but I bet they aren't tapered...

But I wonder if fitting SP-2 spacers in an SP-1 will be useful?
(I also wonder if Honda list the two parts as separate numbers? Hmmmmm....)

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that seems pretty far fetched to me.

how are tapered spacers going to offer flex? the whole front axle assembly is rigidly mounted between the fork bottoms.

and i haven't seen this "taper" on the wheel spacers
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