The Fireblade was the first motorbike back in ’92 that rewrote the rulebook on sports bikes, especially in the engine and chassis department and not forgetting the 185 Kg dry weight.
This bike with a claimed 122 bhp, extinguished all the other title leaders such as the Gsxr 1100, and the Exup. Not being happy with that, for the last 8 years they have been trying to make the best even better, making it more user friendly so any rider can ride it, whether it be touring or carrying a pillion.
The Blade can do it all and still be able to mix it up with the Big Boys. With its superb front and rear suspension the Blade makes you and normal riders into full-blown WSBikers, but out of all these bikes this bike feels at home on B roads. On the twisties the confidence you get back allows you to push more and more. The stability you feel is amazing and because the power is smooth you can be quite heavy handed with the throttle, unlike the R1.
The only downside to the Blade, as in most Honda’s, is the gearbox. Although excellent when its going, 1st gear is very clonky resulting in a good leap forward when you drop it into first, unlike the Suzuki and Yamaha.
Although there was never a problem with the brakes, Honda made them more powerful and are now more than enough for the road.
Now we’re in the year 2000 the Blade is starting to look a bit dated, so that is why Honda have just brought out an all new model. Doing this may help them back to the No1 spot again. As for the build quality, you cannot fault Honda, the Blade can be used in all weather’s and after a good clean can look as good as new.
|Engine||Liquid cooled 4 stroke 16 valve DOHC inline 4|
|Bore & Stroke||74 x 54mm|
|Horse Power PS/RPM||152/11000|
|Dims. L x W x H||2040 x 685 x 1135|
|Tyre Size Front/Rear||120/70 ZR17/190/50 ZR17|
|Fuel Capacity||18 litres|
|Dry Weight||170 KG|
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