THE MASS-CEN­TRALISED ONE

2004/05

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

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

CBR1000RR Fire­blade

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