Brian Dar­ling­ton 25 ‘I’d like to be able to turn off the anti-wheelie’

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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

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