Still one of the finest track­day bikes around

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment -

If we’re re­ally hon­est with our­selves, the Fire­blade has more than enough power for the cir­cuit. When did we all start need­ing 200bhp for track­days?

BMW started the big bhp race in 2010, but be­fore that we were all happy and maybe even a lit­tle bit fear­ful of Ja­panese su­per­bikes like the Blade, which made 160-170bhp

at the rear wheel.

The Honda is as su­perbly bal­anced on track as it is on the road – the steer­ing is light, pre­cise and there’s feel aplenty through the chas­sis, so you know ex­actly how much grip you have. You never miss not hav­ing trac­tion con­trol, even in slip­pery con­di­tions. The Öh­lins, Brem­bos and free-revving SP en­gine add an ex­tra layer of con­trol and a dash more fun to pro­ceed­ings, too.

But since the launch of the S1000RR, the superbike land­scape has changed. We’ve got used to ac­cel­er­a­tion that pins you re­lent­lessly in the seat and en­joyed a new dawn of al­most crash-proof elec­tronic rider aids. So while the Blade doesn’t ac­tu­ally need more power, trac­tion con­trol, an­ti­wheelie or fancy rider aids, they will un­doubt­edly en­hance the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The new Blade has all the in­gre­di­ents to be 2017’s top superbike dog, but that doesn’t make the cur­rent Blade an old hound – it still has plenty of bite.

You don’t ac­tu­ally need 200bhp on a track­day – even at Snet­ter­ton

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.