Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Honda Fireblade

Honda Fireblade

The buzz surrounding the Fireblade - on its 1992 release - was electric!  In the unlikely event that you saw one stationary, it was sure to be be engulfed in a sea of onlookers!  Months of hype had induced a feeding frenzy of interest in the new bike.

The 'Blade' screamed "street-fightin' bike"!  Squat, and barrel-chested, it looked like it would be up for some at the drop of a hat!  Cliff-face steep steering geometry - and, thus, a super-short wheelbase - meant the Blade cut corners to ribbons!  Suspension was suitably 'firm'.  407lb dry was featherweight for a bike of its size.  Especially when 124bhp was factored into the brain-curdling equation!  The net result was a top speed of 165mph.  No doubt, the holes in the fairing helped with that, too!

Visually, the Blade was blessed with eye-catching graphics.  The beefy frame, and braced swing-arm signalled the strength of the cycle parts.  And the sunken seat - and bulbous tailpiece - lent rock-solid support.  The CBR900RR - forever to be known as the Fireblade - was, in essence, a superbike all-rounder. Hats off to Honda - that was a hard trick to pull off!

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