Weaknesses: It got through an awful lot of front wheel bearings in the 50,000 mile I did on it. The front hardly touched the floor - I remember firing it off the start line and the front was off the ground until I was halfway down Bray Hill. It really is very easy to ride, and as long as you respect it you cant go wrong. You will keep up with 'em but that's about it. It's to tell you how good the Blade is and how I'm looking forward to riding the new one. Not one part of my body was sore, aside from a slight headache, and the bike had no problems what so ever. The Tech Jacket is perfect for touring, made from Cordura and Ballistic nylon it can withstand even the heaviest weather and is fully breathable with a removable thermal liner.
Fitted aftermarket exhaust Remus which improves the sound and response welcome improvement with no jet changes required. Two up, touring, around town, open roads. Brakes seem no better than any of the previous bikes, despite the larger discs up from 296mm to 310, which just highlights how impressive those early efforts really were. Garaged and only used in the dry. Front disc size increased to 330 mm.
I'm running it on Bridgestone S20's which are excellent but don't last very long. There are also smaller, lighter, worldwide turn signals. I really cant fault my bike. At this rate Eurostar won't be in the red too much longer! It makes you look good, as it does all the cornering work for you. For more information on the Fireblade contact Honda at: www. Start with factory settings and increase rebound damping and front preload slightly and the same for the rear one notch increase in pre-load is all thats needed. What we're left with here is a bike that's fast, pleasant and that can boogie hard when asked.
Certainly beats setting up cameras that record your every move 1 one mile an hour over the limit. Comfort poor for my 6ft height Pillion comfort surprisingly good so I am told! I'm still not exactly sure what it was, but if the thing was fast before, now it was a missile. Those much-ballyhooed holes are gone from the fairing sides -- though the front of the fairing still resembles swiss cheese, as does the rider's footpeg guard. At 453 lb 205 kg wet weight, it was by just 4 lb 2 kg heavier than the , while the next-lightest over-750cc machine, the , was heavier by 76 lb 34 kg. Asthmatic below 5000rpm Motor happy at 7000rpm - trouble is that is 95mph! It's no wonder that Honda have sold so many and have only recently become threatened by Yamaha's R1. If you found my listing and been looking for a bike like this, your search ends here.
Honda claims that the new, aerodynamic front fender with built-in air scoops does more to promote turning ability than the holes did. If only all countries could take a similar view. For now mine seems to be working but soon to be replaced with an ohlins unit. Honda keeped first position among supersport bikes. Admittedly, it was also the most powerful and lightest to date, but it had ballooned physically, and against the ever shrinking competition - especially the super-squat and aggressive R1 - it suddenly looked very old and very sensible. So if you're getting any of these symptoms, don't blame the bike, check you have good tyres and pressures and get the suspension set up! Pity about the clunky gearbox as usual with Honda, not a problem just not as good as Suzuki or Kawasaki. Fully waterproof, as comfortable as slippers and well reinforced with Carbon and Kevlar, it's no wonder they are the choice of so many racers worldwide.
Two up, touring, around town, open roads. If so, then the carburetors need to be disassembled and cleaned. More than happy with this bike even after all the miles on it. It really is very easy to ride, and as long as you respect it you cant go wrong. For a great bike, that's well made and reliable you can't beat the Honda Firebalde. So what are you waiting for? For more information on the Fireblade contact Honda at: www.
Now all I need to do is ride it back to London. I was ridding on average at 120mph; impressed by the good rear view observation of the drivers, when suddenly I'm overtaken by a Mercedes travelling so fast I hardly get a chance to read the numberplate. I really cant fault my bike. Looking forward to a long, hot summer. Power is up depending on who you believe, the figure ranges from 123hp to 128 at the crank due to a minimal 0. Why doesn't Honda build another just like it but with uprated everything. It was one of the most beautiful moments I've experienced, the rainbow started on my right side between two mountains and sailed 180 degrees into a lake on my left.
If you are looking at one of these and not sure, i would go for it as you won't be disappointed. Pity about the clunky gearbox as usual with Honda, not a problem just not as good as Suzuki or Kawasaki. Dont like the way the previous owner had wound all the suspension adjustments up to full to make it a hard ride, thus leaving the springs and damping well abused. I am biased I know but genuinely think you won't find a better handling equivalent model blade. Like mirrors you can see things in! I agree that the R1 looks better, but take a look at the redesigned Fireblade! Big and bulky Blade beaten by Yamaha's R1.
It is light weight and for the type of bike very easy to ride. Plenty of easily accessible pockets complete the jacket and pants. Excellent storage area under the rear seat. Speed wise there's little in it, the R1 is a little faster but I doubt you would be able to ride it straight to Austria and back. I use my blade every day and in all weathers and I love it! The bike is comfortable for long rides, fast as hell and handles sublimely. The Fireblade had been at the top so long that everyone had ample chance to take it apart, scrutinise it and attack it from whichever angle they could. Cylinders bore got an aluminum composites treatment and new pistons.
Some months later when one of the forks started leaking I took the bike to have a full fork rebuild and front and back setup, result. The paint shines like new and there is no corrosion or oxidation anywhere. Worry about condition, not bits of paper! Many people on this site rave about its handling, for me though, it was too harsh. I had noticed, on the ride to Folkestone, that the Firebalde was very stable in the wet and even in my tired state, very comfortable. To optimize rigidity Honda revised the suspension and chassis. My Ducati buddies may be faster, but I'm more comfortable and just behind them.