Hugo Wil­son



The ir­re­sistible force of tech­no­log­i­cal change leads in­ex­orably to the new Honda Fireblade and Suzuki GSX R1000, each loaded with enough elec­tronic bril­liance and en­gi­neer­ing in­ge­nu­ity to alter the laws of physics. I’m look­ing for­ward to rid­ing them with a mix­ture of sweaty palmed ex­cite­ment and ut­ter dread. The ex­cite­ment is a given – jeez, they’ve got nearly 200bhp. The dread is not be­cause the mind­warp­ing per­for­mance will ex­pose my lim­i­ta­tions as a hu­man be­ing (though it will) but be­cause this will be­come, for a while, the new nor­mal. In the same way that the sweet Tri­umph 675 Day­tona, the sen­sa­tional Suzuki GSX R750 and the scin­til­lat­ing (old) Honda Fireblade were once the lat­est, great­est and most ex­cit­ing things, as sure as eggs is eggs they are now last year’s mod­els, about to be made ob­so­lete. Yet by any ra­tio­nal judge­ment they are still more mo­tor­cy­cle than I can ex­ploit, and glo­ri­ous things to have in your garage. The new bikes make the world a bet­ter place and we love the re­lent­less techno fest that makes them more pow­er­ful, bet­ter han­dling and safer, but we also love the fact that as the man­u­fac­tur­ers in­tro­duce new bikes they’re forced to of­fer amaz­ing deals on the old ones. En­joy the tech­ni­cal in­sights about the new ‘Blade and GSX R1000 from page 38, but revel too in the as­ton­ish­ing 2016 Tri­umph 675 Day­tona, Suzuki GSX R750 and Honda Fireblade on page 52. They may be ob­so­lete, but they’re still amaz­ing, and now they’re bar­gains too. En­joy the is­sue.

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