Have a blast

With fi­nance deals on the new Fire­blades an­nounced, it’s time to try one out

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Honda deal­ers have Blades ready for you to test ride

They’re the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, pro­duc­tion Hon­das ever made – the new 2017 Fire­blade and Fire­blade SP have put the Ja­panese su­per­bike back at the cut­ting edge of the su­per­bike knife fight. With more power, less weight and – for the first time in the model’s his­tory – classlead­ing Bosch rider aids, the new Blade is a for­mi­da­ble pack­age.

At the launch in late Jan­uary, MCN’S Adam Child was blown away by the Blade’s new-found per­for­mance prow­ess: “The Blade is bet­ter than ever. It’s still a Blade, but a much smaller, lighter and thin­ner one. While it’s fast, the power is use­able and the torque lin­ear, and the rider aids are some of the best on the mar­ket,” he en­thused.

But all this tech­nol­ogy and per­for­mance comes at a price, and with the high-spec SP model (which comes com­plete with a quick­shifter and Öh­lins semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion) cost­ing a cool £19,125 (that’s £4600 more than the out­go­ing SP model) you may feel like this hot new Blade is out of reach.

For­tu­nately, Honda UK have worked out a way for you to put a brand new Blade in the garage this spring for as lit­tle as £119 per month. Thanks to a £750 de­posit con­tri­bu­tion from Honda UK, rid­ers only need to out­lay an ini­tial de­posit of £3443.66 in or­der to bag the keys to the £15,225 base-model Fire­blade. Mean­while £169 per month af­ter a £5507.91 de­posit will get you the keys to the ul­tra-ex­otic £19k SP.

Deal­ers are tak­ing pre-or­ders now and ex­pect the new Blades to start ar­riv­ing to­wards the be­gin­ning of March. But for those of you who’d like to try be­fore you buy, here’s a list of deal­ers who hope to run a Blade or SP on their fleet this sea­son.

For more de­tails, go to:

www.honda.co.uk/mo­tor­cy­cles

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