‘A car pulled out on me, so I know the brakes work re­ally well!’ Lives Farn­ham Cur­rent Blade 2010 in HRC colours CV Rid­ing bikes for 14 years

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Amaz­ing. I didn’t want to get off it. I want to take it home with me!

The first thing that hit me was how light it is and how nar­row it feels when you’re sat on it. It’s re­ally comfy, but still feels like a Fire­blade.

The en­gine feels so much smoother and more re­spon­sive to what I’m used to and there’s no vi­bra­tion at all. I felt so con­fi­dent go­ing through the cor­ners, even over the odd bump. It’s re­ally nim­ble, too. A car pulled out on me dur­ing our test ride and I can tell you the brakes work re­ally well.

It’s my first time with elec­tron­ics. I didn’t feel the trac­tion con­trol but it helps with cor­ner­ing con­fi­dence. I felt the front try­ing to lift and the anti-wheelie brought it straight back down and car­ried on, not in a jolty way – ev­ery­thing about it felt so smooth. I can’t wait to get it out on track now, it’s go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble.

The dash is gor­geous, but the horn and in­di­ca­tor but­tons are up­side down, which will take time get­ting used to. The screen has a sharp point on it, which lifts the air straight over you, so I had any buf­fet­ing.

I’ve had my Blade from new and every time a new model comes out I’ve thought it might be nice to have, but I love my bike so much and am so com­fort­able on it. But I’m def­i­nitely con­sid­er­ing buy­ing the new one now.

When they an­nounced the stan­dard, SP and SP2 Blades I was think­ing you’d have to go for the SP to re­ally no­tice the dif­fer­ence, but now I’ve rid­den the stan­dard one, I’m se­ri­ously im­pressed. Honda have done a bril­liant job.

When the 2008 model came out I thought it was an ugly bike but it grew on me and this has done the same. When the pic­tures first came out I liked bits of it, but I was un­sure. The more I see it now, the more I love it and it’s much bet­ter in the flesh. Lovely in the flesh

Laura was blown away by the light­ness and smooth­ness of the new Blade

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