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Hi Everyone, I came back to riding about 4 years ago after a very long (30+ year) layoff.

I bought an '09 Fireblade April 2009, replacing a Triumph Daytona 955 (loved it and the sound it made, but it burned lotsa oil), and had a Honda CBF1000 before that, and a Kwak er-5 before that.

Despite being a 64 year old guy with a dodgy lower back from too many years flying fighter jets, I love my Blade and find it surprisingly comfortable and it's everything I need.

Last summer I did a couple of 600+ mile days here in England and Wales and was not THAT sore upon return.:cool:

Howdy to all.
 

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Welcome om board young fella :thumb:
Ta verra mooch! [/Hull accent]:eyebrows:

I have been up your way a few times - had a great ride last summer with some mates vicinity Helmsley, and then across to Hawes and down to Harrogate. Some sheep tried to attack me on the open range portions but the Blade was more than a match for them in terms of maneuvering capability.:rotfl:
 

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Ta verra mooch! [/Hull accent]:eyebrows:

I have been up your way a few times - had a great ride last summer with some mates vicinity Helmsley, and then across to Hawes and down to Harrogate. Some sheep tried to attack me on the open range portions but the Blade was more than a match for them in terms of maneuvering capability.:rotfl:
Some nice roads once you hit the moors but you do have to keep an eye out for them sheep, nice accent by the way you could be local :rotfl:
 

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:welcome: SG, I see you're already looking through the posts - seems you have an interest in the crash stories eh!

I hope the Blade is somewhere as exciting as flying fighter planes :D
 

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:welcome: SG, I see you're already looking through the posts - seems you have an interest in the crash stories eh!

I hope the Blade is somewhere as exciting as flying fighter planes :D
I'm a firm believer that I can learn from not only my own mistakes (there are plenty) but from those of others.:smilebig:

It takes a big person to talk about a mistake they have made (or a mistake another person made which dinged them as well) and I am pleased to see there is quite a collection on this forum.

I am amazed over and over again by my Blade. It seems impossible that one bike could give you so much fun and suit so many conditions! I had it out 10 days ago and it started to snow while I was out - !!:eek: But I found that using judicious throttle control and the rev range from idle to 6k or so, my snarling beast was transformed into quite a nice little winter hack cum all-rounder. Soichiro - we salute you!!:clap:
 

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I agree, there's always something to learn and it's cheaper and less painful to learn from someone elses mistakes too :)

Good to see someone getting good use out of their bike as well, hopefully we're near the end of the snow now....
 

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:welcome: SuffolkGeezer... Glad to have you aboard :D
 

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:welcome: Hi SuffolkGeezer.. spen a lot of my time riding in your neck of the woods, a lot of good roads to play on.:eyebrows:
 

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G'day & :welcome: old mate. I feel like the new kid again.:thumb:
 

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:welcome: Hi SuffolkGeezer.. spen a lot of my time riding in your neck of the woods, a lot of good roads to play on.:eyebrows:
I get up your way a lot as well, when I wish to let the Blade "breathe" a bit - Watton-ish and a bit west from there there are some great little A-roads that are mostly empty.:cool:
 

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Welcome for a slightly younger old git,what were you flying in those days ?:thumb:
Hi, I started on F-4 Phantom IIs, flew those in 'Nam, then switched to the F-111 for most of my career, and ended with a delightful little dollop of the F-15E just before I retired in 1993. Beats workin' for a livin':rotfl:
 

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Hi, I started on F-4 Phantom IIs, flew those in 'Nam, then switched to the F-111 for most of my career, and ended with a delightful little dollop of the F-15E just before I retired in 1993. Beats workin' for a livin':rotfl:
The Blade must seem like a bit of a come down after flying them or is it ?
 
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