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.