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It’s not exactly a looker
Agree. I said on another Honda forum: 'Not sure what I think at the moment. It does look a bit chunky and bitzy as in no smooth lines.'

Didn't stop me going to my local dealer this morning to make further enquiries. But alas, they claim to not know price or release date.
 

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Isn't anyone here interested in progress?:devil :wink
I am (most of the time) until progress - like the 2021 (!) Fireblade - means that I seem to have misplaced an entire year?!? :crying


And, on progress, where is the Active Aero that I was promised?!? :nerd

Out in the U.S. June 2020, apparently.
 

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. . . - like the 2021 (!) Fireblade - means that I seem to have misplaced an entire year?!? :crying

Out in the U.S. June 2020, apparently.
This is Honda USA only.

They have taken a leaf (woops, sorry:smile) from the Magazine Publishers' Guild in that a latest issue magazine will always hit the shelves nearly 3 months ahead.

Similarly with Honda. You can trot along to your dealer and order your 2021 model in June 2020 and then impress everyone that you're 6 months ahead of the bunch!:eek:

We get ours in April. Pretty sure I'll get one. Waiting for prices to be announced before I go and crunch a couple of dealers:grin.
 

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This weeks Motorcycle News
I'm a subscriber.:smile

Not sure about the pretentious headline though. On top of what?

No race results
No sales results
No audited public opinion

Only a handful of enthusiasts like myself masturbating over when we can get one:eek:.

Does that count?:grin
 

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Is it just me (?) or does the 2021 Blade have a huge amount of front suspension travel?

On the current bike, the stanchion stops within the wheel diameter.

On the new one it seems to be most of the way up the tyre sidewall .......:nerd
 

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I'm a subscriber.:smile

Not sure about the pretentious headline though. On top of what?

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On top of the Big Specifications i.e. 215hp. :wink What do you think, Nigel?



It's a real shame that we need numberplates and Forth Bridge bracketry. :frown
 

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Is it just me (?) or does the 2021 Blade have a huge amount of front suspension travel?

On the current bike, the stanchion stops within the wheel diameter.

On the new one it seems to be most of the way up the tyre sidewall .......:nerd
The 2020 Ohlins have 125 mm travel on the SP and 120 mm on the base Showas.

The 2017 - 19 SP has Ohlins with 120 mm travel, but strangely 125 mm in the base model's Showas.
 

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The 2020 Ohlins have 125 mm travel on the SP and 120 mm on the base Showas.

The 2017 - 19 SP has Ohlins with 120 mm travel, but strangely 125 mm in the base model's Showas.

Very strange, it looks like another 25mm+ of stanchion. I'll take a measurement at the NEC.
 

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Very strange, it looks like another 25mm+ of stanchion. . .
True, I'd noted that also.

I then wondered if because of the new chassis, the forks might be sitting different in the triple clamps, but we're talking about the relationship within the wheel so that wouldn't be a factor.

I'll just buy it regardless:grin
 

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I like the styling! :grin Some of the design elements look very familiar .......?........
No good posting the USA version for my attention. I am not inclined to go all out for the biggest of everything.:devil
 
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