EXPERT OPINION LAURA MALIPHANT
HEAD OF EVENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, HONDA FIREBLADE OWNERS CLUB
The Fireblade Owners Club started as a forum called the CBR Firebladers and about four or five years ago commuted across to Facebook, because that’s the way the world was going.
When I joined, there were around 800 members and now we’ve almost 7300 worldwide, but we’re 75% Uk-based. We do lots of events and lots of people love the group because there’s so much good advice going around. We have between four and 10 new joiners every day.
The Blade is so versatile, which is what draws people to it, whether you want to tour comfortably around Europe, hack it around the track, or take a pillion. Convert it to a single seat and it looks great, too.
Honda gave it an extra sharp look in 2012 with the styling, headlights and the move to the 12-spoked wheels, which I love.
Owners Club events boss Laura says key appeal is versatility