The Fireblade has celebrated many upgrades to this iconic motorcycle during its 25th anniversary during 2018.
Although this has resulted in many major design changes. There are many brands that offer real competition in the Super Bike market.
Engineers from Honda decided to improve the bike, specifically in electronics, weight and power.
As an enthusiastic rider the Full Colour our TFT instrument panel is easy to understand and switch between the Riding Modes offered.
Hidden beneath this electronic interface is a real advanced cutting edge package. The IMU (Initial Measurement Unit) measures the five -axis planes every 10 milliseconds.
Both the IMU and the ECU plus the Ride by Wire system are the first step into the Inline Four engine. Included in this package of rider aids is the Rear Lift control, which assists in keeping the rear wheel from leaving the road surface under heavy braking.
The weight reduction has resulted in a wet weight of only 196 kilograms with resultant benefits for both Track and Road use.
Remarkably easy to ride in traffic as well as your monthly track day event. The weight reduction has resulted in less handle bar effort to change direction .
Most of the current super bike riders only ride on road. When ridden more aggressively the improvements made are evident during all enthusiastic rides.
Although the Fireblade is lacking a little in the power stakes it will run with the best of them ridden by an experienced person.
142kW is very welcome to the Blade enthusiast and it is remarkably good at what it delivers. Peak torque only shows itself at 11000rpm, which comes in from lower down the rev range. Allowing less gear shifting when moving
More slowly through traffic. A real surge of power develops rather quickly from around 7500 rpm.
The fitted Showa-BTF inverted front forks and the BFRC (Balanced Free Rear Cushion) Rear Shock enable the Fireblade to handle anything you throw at it with ease.
There was still adequate safety margins within the ability of the bike and many riders will never reach the abilities of what can be achieved on this motorcycle.
The Suspension is adjustable to suit all types of riders. A word of caution, Rather get a dealership technician to make changes From the factory the bike would be set for a Rider of around 85kgs. No changes were need during my test period.
It was apparent that the upgrades and changes made from the previous generation Fireblades there are huge and in my opinion this motorcycle is the most comfortable and easy to ride in the current South African superbike market.
Really good ABS Assisted Brakes.
The iconic Fireblade look
Aggressive Looks and design Features
16 litre fuel capacity
Handle Bar Width.
Easy to read Instrumentation
Words: James McClelland