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FUEL 16 litres @ 45mpg = 158mile range POWER 189bhp @13,000rpm TORQUE 85ftlb @ 11,000rpm (both claimed) WEIGHT 195kg (kerb) SEAT 820mm THE RIDER Tim Thomp­son. Rode the first Blade in 1992 and had his mul­let blown off. HEIGHT 5ft 7in WEIGHT 74kg tim.thomp­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­ While Honda Rac­ing’s new Fire­blades were mak­ing calami­tous head­lines on the Isle of Man, weeks three and four on my new bike were rel­a­tively in­ci­dent­free – no sur­prise given that the essence of the elec­tron­i­cally man­aged SP is turn­ing out to be its re­fine­ment rather than raw, eye-pop­ping ex­cite­ment. It goes for­ward with­out wheel­ies and all that but with ruth­less ef­fi­ciency. New Miche­lin Power RS tyres re­placed the OE Pirelli Su­per­corsa SPS and proved pre­cise and un­flap­pable dur­ing the wettest week of the year. They have a more road-fo­cused pro­file than the Su­per­corsa, and feel es­pe­cially good at mild lean an­gles.

im­prove­men­newnewmiche­lin­sare­abigMiche­lins are a big im­prove­ment

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