Had my first ride out this Sunday afternoon on the FireBlade, the last time I rode a bike was a Honda CBR600R 20 years ago and it showed for a while, and probably will for a while yet!
Started off a bit tentative, not helped by forgetting to peel off the protective visor film from my new helmet - knob!! But soon felt comfortable on it and for some reason I felt more confident taking left hand bends than right, particularly on roundabouts - bizarre? The front end felt overly sensitive and a bit twitchy at slow speeds, probably due to the 16" front rim so will have to get used to that. Although I may consider fitting a 17" from a CBR600, but ideally would like to keep it original.
Out on the road the bike felt superb and whilst I didn't want to get too carried away I did open it up a little bit when it was safe to do so - the power is awesome and is no comparison whatsoever to the bikes I used to ride. The old feeling of freedom came flooding back and took me straight back to the days (mid-70s) when I was living in Brentford, West London and our regular Thursday night blasts along the Embankment to the 59 Club in Hackney!
Why did I leave it so long to swing my leg back over the saddle? - Children, but they have now left the nest!
I've got some work to do to get the damaged fairing repaired over the winter, but that's all that needs doing to an otherwise original unmolested early FireBlade. But until I start stripping the fairing off I'll be out on it whenever I can.
My wife will no doubt become a 'FireBlade widow', not literally I hope!!