In a nut­shell...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

We started the day with five scep­ti­cal Blade own­ers. They weren’t sure about the new bike’s looks or dinky di­men­sions, or con­vinced by its lack of Sp-ness, but af­ter this test ride they were all smit­ten and left won­der­ing which of their in­ter­nal or­gans they could sell.

Hav­ing never rid­den with elec­tron­ics, they didn’t no­tice the trac­tion con­trol, but were glad it was there and some en­joyed the anti-wheelie and ABS. The new Blade is sharper, lighter and faster than the old model and feels like a firm race bike with just the right amount of re­fine­ment and safety. Fit sticky tyres and it will be very spe­cial in­deed. The SP is bril­liant, but the stock Blade might just be the bet­ter buy.

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