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

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“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

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