‘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
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