‘I thought it would scare the pants off me - and it did’

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Lives Bourne Cur­rent Blade 2001 929 model

CV Rid­ing all sorts of bikes for 32 years.

It’s amaz­ing. I thought it would scare the pants off me and it did in a way, but in a way that felt to­tally com­fort­able. Ev­ery­thing felt re­spon­sive, tight and crisp com­pared to my Blade. But my god it’s a quan­tum leap: brakes, ac­cel­er­a­tion, mid-range, han­dling, ev­ery­thing.

The en­gine is un­be­liev­ably smooth, es­pe­cially the gear changes. I couldn’t get it to clunk de­spite try­ing. The throt­tle re­sponse is smooth and I kept it down in sec­ond and third a lot of the time to see what the grunt was like from 4000rpm to 10,000rpm. It takes off like a scalded cat.

It’s the first time I’ve rid­den with elec­tron­ics, but you don’t no­tice them. What hits you in the face is that when you twist the throt­tle it’s in­stan­ta­neous. Brak­ing is su­perb and I was go­ing a lot faster in the cor­ners than I would’ve been go­ing on mine. It just in­spires con­fi­dence.

It’s a lot more com­fort­able than I thought it would be. It’s so light and flick­able – a few times I needed to change my line in the cor­ners and I just leant it over fur­ther and it was fine. I’m still grin­ning from ear to ear. It’s stun­ning. If I won the lot­tery to­mor­row I’d buy one im­me­di­ately. I need one – now!

Nick is smit­ten and tried to make a run for it on our test bike!

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