Why we love the Blade

We in­vited mem­bers of the Honda Fire­blade Own­ers Club to the won­der­ful Loomies Moto Café near Winch­ester to find out what it is that makes the cur­rent Fire­blade so spe­cial

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1 Lor­raine Woodthorpe

Your Blade: “It’s a 2012 model. I’ve changed the levers, ex­haust, hang­ers and fit­ted heated grips. I’ve had it four years, from new.”

Why it’s so spe­cial: “I love it – what’s not to like? The Fire­blade was my dream bike, I al­ways wanted one and it’s been a great bike to own. I’ve been very happy with it and rid­den it to Italy and Ger­many. You can do any­thing on it – it’s a great all-rounder.”

2 Hazell Mur­ray

Your Blade: “It’s a 2015 bike and orig­i­nally in HRC colours, but I wanted a white one, so I’ve had it com­pletely made over with white grips, levers, fair­ing, brake lines, pow­der-coated wheels and ex­tra bits and pieces. I’ve had it low­ered by a Lust Rac­ing low­er­ing kit.” Why it’s so spe­cial: “It was my dream bike since I passed my test nine years ago. Be­ing 5ft 2in it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, but a few years ago it be­came a pos­si­bil­ity and thanks to my lo­cal deal­ers, 21st Moto, my dream be­came a re­al­ity.”

3 Ray Gidli­auskis

My Blade: “I bought it as an ex-demo 2015 bike with 1500 miles on the clock. I’ve fit­ted a tail tidy, ex­haust and levers.” Why it’s so spe­cial: “I had a GSX-R1000 be­fore this and it was too cramped, then I tried the Honda and I loved it – the han­dling, rid­ing po­si­tion and the ex­tra leg room. I gen­er­ally get on much bet­ter. It’s bet­ter than the Gixer on track, too. It’s bril­liant.”

4 Peter Park

My Blade: “NON-ABS 2014, ex-demo. It usu­ally runs a Rac­e­fit ex­haust but I took that off for this trip be­cause it’s so loud. It’s got an SP seat cowl, tail tidy, HEL braided hoses and a K&N fil­ter.” Why it’s so spe­cial: “I’ve come back to a Blade from a BMW S1000RR and had an RSV4 be­fore that. You get on the Blade and it’s very for­giv­ing. There isn’t mas­sive power, but there’s plenty of poke. The han­dling is re­ally sharp and the brakes are bril­liant. My dad’s had them since I was a kid so I’ve grown up with them. I’ve just or­dered the new SP2.”

5 Phil Hen­nebry

My Blade: ” It’s a 2015 SP ABS with quick­shifter, ex­haust, tail tidy and levers. I do track­days be­cause that’s what it’s for, but I’ve just taken the track tyres off for the win­ter and fit­ted Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso IIIS.”

Why it’s so spe­cial: “I’ve had it two months, but I’ve had seven pre­vi­ously! Gix­ers are too in­tim­i­dat­ing for me and Yamaha gear­boxes are too weak. Hon­das are more neu­tral, us­able and not so in­tim­i­dat­ing. Any­one can just get on and ride them.”

6 Ben Car­son

My Blade: “I’ve had it for 11 months – it’s a 2012 model, but I had a 2015 Blade be­fore. It’s got a quick­shifter, Power Com­man­der, ASV levers, rearsets, Yoshimura slip-on and screen.” Why it’s so spe­cial: “It’s easy to ride for a litre bike. I went from a 47bhp re­stricted CBR650, got straight on to the Fire­blade and was in­stantly a bit shocked. But it’s still quite tame for a superbike and easy to get on with.”

7 Sam Hutchin­son

My Blade: ” I’ve had it since new in 2015 and it’s com­pletely stan­dard. I’ve just bought a Blade SP as well, but I wish I hadn’t. I should’ve waited for the new one!”

Why it’s so spe­cial: “I love Blades. The build qual­ity is so good, they’re so easy to ride and they’re just beau­ti­ful. I’ve also got the pre­vi­ous model bike in Rep­sol colours, an ’04 model with the un­der­seat pipe, and the ’98 RRW.

TOP 10 BEST FIRE­BLADE BITS AS VOTED FOR BY THE HONDA FIRE­BLADE OWN­ERS CLUB

1994 Ur­ban tiger colours

2012-’16 12-spoke wheels

1992 Drilled fair­ing

2002-’03 954 head­lights

2004-’07 Un­der­seat pipe

Four years’ worth of Blades and seven very happy own­ers

1992 The ‘boot’ on RRN mod­els

slim-line dash 2012-cur­rent

1992-’93 Fox­eye head­lights

built-in LED in­di­ca­tors 2008-cur­rent

Baba’s sig­na­ture in fair­ing 1998-’99

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