‘ The ride-by-wire throttle is overly light for me’
Lives Biggin Hill Current Blade 1998 model CV Commutes 500 miles a week on his Blade
Coming from my ’98 Blade I could only have high hopes for it, couldn’t I? And it is a brilliant bit of kit. It’s so light and you only have to look into a corner and it wants to go round it. It’s planted and it gave me so much confidence. I took some of the corners faster than I ever thought possible. The brakes are brilliant and I even tried out the ABS... just for fun.
I’ve not ridden with anti-wheelie before and it caught me out a couple of times. I was surprised with the way it drops the front wheel down for you. That was amazing and as soon as I realised it wasn’t going to throw me off it gave me more confidence.
The ride-by-wire throttle is overly light for me after my ’98 Blade. I’m not quite sure about it. It’s so instant out of corners it surprised me a couple of times.
It’s not uncomfortable. I’m six foot and 17 stone, but it’s roomier than the 08-16 Blade. That bike kept throwing me into the tank.
My next bike will be a CB1000R to commute on but the one after that will be track- only. I think the new Blade is perfect for that and my ability. I’m not sure the missus would allow me to spend 15 grand on a toy. It’s crazy how expensive they are now, but with all the electronics and technology they’ve got, you can see why the prices have had to go up.