Re: 2009 Fireblade - CBR1000RR
I seriously think the big debate in the looks department stems from the fact that the 08 Blade is a huge departure from traditional Honda design. People get comfortable with a certain style and when they expect one thing but get an entirely different outcome, people freak. Honda Blades have always been more angular with lots of plastic covering the majority of the bike. They have also generally speaking, been more pointy, with excessive use of hard edges and acute angles. The new blade has a minimum of body plastic, just enough to divert air where its needed.
But to bring the thread back on topic, after riding all day yesterday (about 350 miles) I really, really, really want someone to make adjustable clipons for this bike, and the stock bar ends do little to stop vibrations in the bars. I can live with it for now but, Im thinking that as soon as a decent set of clipons comes out I will be first in line. Anyways, bike should be going in for first service this week.
Oh yeah...I've been monitoring my oil and I haven't dropped a bit on the dipstick since brand new. I did have a little oil spotting and soot in the exhaust but after 200 miles it went away and it clean as the day I bought it still. Took her to redline yesterday as well...needless to say, I dropped my shift light to 10.5K, at least until I get my IM.