‘The Blade has a superior feel’
The Suzuki has slightly more torque power and mid-range grunt, which are a real benefit on the road. The screen and bodywork on the Suzuki are also larger, and it’s comfier on long high-speed journeys, while it retains an engaging hooligan side, too – but I’d still choose the Honda.
The new Blade has a superior feel to it, is more attractive, has more comprehensive rider aids, and out-handles the Suzuki. It’s also lighter, easier to ride and has better fuelling and brakes. On the road, most riders will feel more at home on the Honda.
The only real downside to the Honda is its wind protection. The gap between the standard Blade and GSX-R is considerably smaller than the one between the respective SP and R versions, but the result is the same, the Honda is the stronger option.