Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Auckland, New Zealand.
There was a shoot-out test in Australian Motorcycle News a few months back. Comparsion was done on the new Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek). ALL the testers were current or ex-racers. No road test, or non-racer testers. All the testers rounded on the 'Blade. No t/c, no rbw, no anti-wheelie, no enough ground clearance, HRC should earn their keep, blah-blah-blah.
Clearance issue was from hero-knobs dragging, but surely if you're going to track your bike, you'd at the very least remove the knobs? 'Cause if you dragging the hero-knobs on the street, that's Honda way of saying "Easy, tiger!" One idiot was whining because he had to lift off the throttle when upshifting, and, lordy-lordy, he had to use the clutch to downshift! Wanker.
That said, my next bike won't be a Fireblade, but not because I think it's bland, or not a great bike. My last four bikes have been inline fours, and I've got a hankering for something with an uneven firing order (Aprilia, I'm looking in your direction!)