THE MASS-CENTRALISED ONE
O What changed? Everything… O Tell us about it: Honda threw HRC’S kitchen sink at the Blade. A new 998cc motor was housed in a die-cast chassis with Unit ProLink swingarm taken from the RC211V Motogp bike. It featured an underseat exhaust for the first time and an electronic steering damper. O Should I buy one? Oddly, it was a bit dull, downgearing transforms it.
Blade rating: 998cc + 179kg + 178.5mph | 169bhp @ 11,250rpm | 85ftlb @ 10,000rpm