‘The Blade has a su­pe­rior feel’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test - ADAM CHILD SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

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.

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