Rocket Ron’s top tips on new Blade set-up
GP legend Haslam explains how the new Blade has changed his approach to bike set-up
“It took me a little while to get my head around the electronics and the way they work on the Honda – especially the torque control, which is a different way of working compared to traction control.
“The Blade’s power and torque control settings are more tailored for the road, so on the track you have to plan them slightly differently. Once you figure that out, it’s really good. The power delivery and throttle control all become predictable and effective.
“Tyre grip dictates suspension set-up. We’ve gone softer to suit the road-based tyres we use, which is more comfortable and forgiving than the harder standard settings. But for superbike level of tyres, like slicks, you can go stiffer.
“For the new SP2 the wheels are the big one. They make the bike feel a lot lighter changing direction and actually make a bigger step than I thought they would.”
Nobody knows more about Blade set-up than Haslam