Having read the report on the Fireblade this week I hope Ped Baker enjoys his time with it as much as I do with mine. I bought my yellow 954cc 2002 Blade three years ago as a 65th birthday treat and it is awesome, a real quality bike. I ride it mainly on the road, and have done two or three trackdays a year since I bought it.
It now has 38,000 miles on the clock and the only problem I find is that it attracts flies when parked in the summer. I have just fitted Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres after reading your testers raving about them and so far I would agree, they warm up quickly and seem to give confidence straight away. I am looking forward to this year’s first trackday at Donington to see how they perform on the track. Roger Holden, email