2017 FIREBLADE OWNERS’ TEST THE PEOPLE’S VERDICT
Five seasoned Fireblade owners take a ride on Honda’s long-awaited new superbike – and tell us what they think
Honda’s new Fireblade has finally landed in the UK after years in the making. It’s lighter, more powerful and for the first time packed-full of electronic rider aids.
We tested the £19,125 SP against the old SP in MCN a few weeks ago and although at 179bhp it only made 5bhp more than the old bike, we were impressed with the new motor’s 13bhp increase in the middle and its willingness to rev. We also loved its magiccarpet ride, sumptuous build quality and while its rivals have all become bloated by Euro4 regs, the Blade SP weighs a true 195kg, full of fuel. That’s a massive 16kg less than the outgoing machine. No surprise, then, that it won last week’s seven-bike group test.
The base-model Blade you see here is £3900 cheaper than the SP. It comes with Showa suspension, rather than Öhlins semi-active, has Tokico calipers, not Brembos, and basic Dunlop D214 tyres, instead of Pirelli Super Corsa SPS. It also does without a quickshifter/ autoblipper and is a single kilo heavier.
Fancy bits aside, the Blade’s new breathed-on inline four-cylinder 999cc motor and chassis are the same, as are the riding modes, traction and wheelie control. This is the Blade most people will buy, so who better to put it through its paces than current Blade owners? Five members of the Honda Fireblade Owners Group joined us for a test on a variety of roads in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.