We have seen a number of gold-plated vehicles in the Middle East but most of them were four-wheelers. There would be such motorcycles as well, we are not denying that. But this ‘gold’ Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade is really very tempting.
This Fireblade isn’t exactly gold-plated. It is wrapped in a gold color vinyl. Honda Australia has done this treatment to a few of its products to celebrate 50 years of business in the continent.
Honda products in Australia were imported and distributed by private companies before the company was established here. Mr. Hidehiko Shiomi was sent to Melbourne from Japan to get the company set up in Australia. On February 4, 1969, Honda was finally locally established.
“Honda Australia was a Honda subsidiary set up primarily to sell cars, but it has since grown with the global Honda brand to deliver a wide range of products and services that help make people’s lives more enjoyable,” said Honda Australia Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Hiroyuki Shimizu.
Honda Australia joined hands with Melbourne-based specialists Vinyl Wraps and Graphics to design and produce the striking gold bodywork for NSX, Civic Type R, CBR 1000RR Fireblade, CRF450L, CRF50F, HRU19Buffalo, and even a EU22i Generator.
Speaking about the work, Matt Czerny, Managing Director of Vinyl Wraps and Graphics, said, “Given the thickness of the vinyl wrap and the intricate profiles of the bodywork, this was a complex project across a diverse range of products, but we are thrilled with the results.”
A gold chrome film was laminated with a clear satin film to help disperse reflections, resulting in a unique and refined finish that changes tone with the prevailing light source.
“We worked closely with the Honda Australia team on the design, with the gold theme highlighted with some satin black accents, such as on the badging and wheels of the NSX. And it’s not every day you get to work on a golden generator, everyone who’s seen it wants one.”