Brian Darlington 25 ‘I’d like to be able to turn off the anti-wheelie’
Lives Biggin Hill. Current Blade 2008 model CV Riding for five years, previous bikes: Buell, SRAD 600 and CBR400RR
It’s very quick and when you get past 9000rpm it really screams. Where mine lacks in the midrange, the new Blade has so much power. It feels planted, solid and soaks up the bumps really well. It feels small and slim and the brakes are really sharp.
You can feel the anti-wheelie working, especially over bumps and I think on the road that’s a good thing, but I’d like to be able to turn it off sometimes.
The dash looks really smart. I was trying to work out some of the electronic settings but on the move it’s quite hard to do. You’d have to sit down for a while and look through the book to see what’s what. For trackdays I’d want to be able to play with all the settings.
Looks-wise, I like it. It looks odd in pictures and I wasn’t too keen at first, but it’s better in the flesh.
I’ve thought about getting one, but now I’ve ridden it I’m going to have a good think. I wouldn’t go for the SP, just the standard one. It’s more than enough for me. Small, slim, sharp
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Moments after this picture was taken, Brian rang his bank manager