Hello, this is a quick overview of the new Fireblade according to a 'non-superhuman'
I have put 2000 miles on a new red/black Fireblade in Derbyshire and this is my opinion of the bike. I use the 2007 Fireblade as my bench-mark.
Ride & Handling: quick and light, and easy to put the bike into corners quickly. Although, I am most confident with weight shifted forwards and bum hanging off seat. Brakes are excellent, and bike behaves under harsh braking. BT015 tyres are great but wear fast, and crumble quickly.
Equipment: everything you need, simple with no distractions, but I would love a gear selection indicator. Mirrors vibrate at most speeds - shoulder checks essential (as expected). Cable clutch is light, but you get used to it!.
Quality & Reliability: very good quality. Expect reliability. Although I have noticed that my tank surafces are getting scuffed quickly, and the plates (near the footpegs particularly left) are getting very scuffed.
Engine: would like the lower down (sub-6000 rpm) push of the 2007 Fireblade, however the engine is very powerful - I have not found it lacking in any situation. The bike will power wheelie in first - I discovered this recently near Fox House when the bike came up quickly and 'hit me' in the face. There is a slight question mark about oil consumption at the moment. I have gone through approximately 1.5 litres of 10W 30 oil in 1000 miles. My dealership is checking with Honda manufacturing now.
Overall a great bike - serious performance, excellent handling, and smooth on most road surfaces.