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HONDA FIREBLADE

CORE TEST

Big old 6ft Boothy struggled to get tucked in behind the Blade’s diddy screen.

The ‘new’ Blade had a bit of a hard time when it hit the market in 2017, struggling like buggery on race tracks and not really living up to its hype. At SBOTY, the SP1 Blade couldn’t match the other litre bikes on speed or lap time, but we were optimistic about how the standard Blade would perform on the road.

Honda tell us that they have designed a bike for the road, which works on the tack, rather than the other way round. That doesn’t ring true when you sit on the Blade though; it has a fairly head-down, arse-up riding position that would definitely be more at home on a track than a road. Like the R1, however, over about 50mph the wind lifts the weight off your wrists. Also like the R1, the frontal area of the Blade seems really quite sparse. The fairing is narrow and the screen is low which might be alright for the likes of Frodo, but for us man-sized motorcyclists it doesn’t offer a whole lot of wind protection.

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