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When the first few pictures were becoming available, I also thought the 08' was a horrid looking bike. However, now that I have seen them in person, I have to admit it to be very easy on the eyes. I parked my red/black 07' next to a red/black 08' for comparison and could not pick one over the other. The minimalistic theme works for me.
 

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again well said!!! why does it have to scream look at me? who wants tickets??? attention is no good... the bike performs amazing! I get looks constantly from everyone saying how clean and simple the bike looks... just last night I was complimented on the bike by some guy while in the bathroom at a local restaurant, just after I saw a crowd of 6 or 7 people stand around admiring it...

mine is silver and black low key as it gets... and with the quiet exhaust (quieter than most 600's stock) I can cruise in stealth mode clutch in at any speed past cops while sounding like a scooter... and then I can crack the throttle to the tune of 9.80's at almost 150 mph (and I have a Ca. spec bike)

why does someone want LOUD look at me bike??? tryin to get a girlfriend by the looks of your sport bike? tryin to make up for an inadequacy elsewhere?:stirpot:
Nah...I go to the gym for that :eyebrows:
 

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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.
 

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It's great to hear such a variety of comment's about the appearance of one bike. Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and whats beautiful for one ain't for another, but essentially, who actually worries about what they're bike looks like when riding it. I dont....:D
 

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Let me see. What could they change about my bike that would make it better? A- More top end power for the US models, or a rebate for the Dynojet Power Commander & Ignition module I had to buy to compensate for Honda's response to the lame EPA noise testing regs. B- Better paint for the tank cover & "black" portion of the exhaust.
C- Factory Ohlins suspension at no charge to the customer (just a suggestion, just kiddin').

On oil useage. If it had anything to do with it my bike was broken in by the Honda book (not the "hard way") with Mobil 1 oil changes at 600 miles & 5200 miles. At the 5200 mile change I measured what came out (3.2 US quarts) vs. what went in (3.2 US quarts). This is OK by me. Maybe I'm just lucky.
 

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Maybe Honda reads this stuff, just in case here is what I would like to see: •Left side of the swing arm modified to looks more like the right side.
•Gear indicator light.
•Adjustable Traction Control.
•Switchable ABS (as long as it doesn't add too much weight; 5 or 6 lbs..ok.)
•HRC Euro Hugger (at least make it available in the US).
•(And of course, Euro HP)
 

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Anyone have rough ETA on 2009 Fireblade???

USA buyer wondering when we might see our first '09's or even news of '09 changes/colors, etc...
 

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Actually Sept. 5th is for atv's and dirt bikes. I don't think Honda is announcing 09 street product till October.:cool:
 

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I can't understand the logic in releasing the 08 model Blade in April of 08 and releasing the 09 Blade in Sept or Oct of 08???
I dont think anyone is suggest a "release" date in Sept/October - rather we are anxious to hear what will be new for 2009. Actual date bikes arive at the dealer will be the next date to brood over.

I too have heard Dirt/ATV Friday - no word on street yet.
 

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I now have almost 1300 miles on my bike and I have to say that there are some minor things that have cropped up over the time ive spent with the bike...

First is the damn cowls are impossible to conveniently remove for any reason (I like to detail my bike, including the engine, but since the fairings are a terrible puzzle I have been pretty lax on the engine cleaning). I am sick and tired of dealing with the insert tab A into slot B bullsh!t. Whatever happened to quarter turn fasteners and easy to remove panels. I seriously plan on buying an aftermarket plastic kit one of these days so I dont have to pull my hair out everytime I need to take it off. So I suggest that Honda needs to stop investing in origami pros and make this simple.

Second thing that has been bothering me is the crappy 4-5.5k rpm response its nice for people who dont know how to ride but its kind of annoying during roll ons to have that dip. There has to be a way to smooth that out.

Third thing I have issue with is the front brake "dragging", I took it in for its first service and the drag hasnt stopped. Its not debilitating but its annoying to hear it, also the front brake has a slight shudder when applying light braking.

Like I said most of these are just minor gripes, because I love riding my Blade and I really want to see the 09 be even more kickass than this bike. I will probably trade up to the 09 if they fix some of the problems with this bike and because I like new stuff. :)
 

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I now have almost 1300 miles on my bike and I have to say that there are some minor things that have cropped up over the time ive spent with the bike...

First is the damn cowls are impossible to conveniently remove for any reason (I like to detail my bike, including the engine, but since the fairings are a terrible puzzle I have been pretty lax on the engine cleaning). I am sick and tired of dealing with the insert tab A into slot B bullsh!t. Whatever happened to quarter turn fasteners and easy to remove panels. I seriously plan on buying an aftermarket plastic kit one of these days so I dont have to pull my hair out everytime I need to take it off. So I suggest that Honda needs to stop investing in origami pros and make this simple.

Second thing that has been bothering me is the crappy 4-5.5k rpm response its nice for people who dont know how to ride but its kind of annoying during roll ons to have that dip. There has to be a way to smooth that out.

Third thing I have issue with is the front brake "dragging", I took it in for its first service and the drag hasnt stopped. Its not debilitating but its annoying to hear it, also the front brake has a slight shudder when applying light braking.

Like I said most of these are just minor gripes, because I love riding my Blade and I really want to see the 09 be even more kickass than this bike. I will probably trade up to the 09 if they fix some of the problems with this bike and because I like new stuff. :)
Tells you how to sort out front brake drag in your hand book under front wheel removal:thumb:
 

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If anybody can translate the information for us, moto-station has pics of a E-ABS CBR1000RR and a E-ABS CBR600RR. The ABS 600 is the current bike other than the paint schemes. They also show what appears to be the 09 CBR600RR that's virtually identical to the 1000 with the exception of the exhaust. A Repsol edition 1000 is also shown. I think it's in french but I could be wrong.:idunno:
 
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