Boy do you lot throw ya dummies out the pram lol!
"it is NEVER out of control"
Exactly, I never for one second said it was a rubbish bike, far from it, they are great bikes, I just can't explain how I feel about blades. They could certainly out ride my ZZR1400.
As for never riding one in anger, give me an original one, go back 19 years, and I'd probably ride round the outside of your present day Suzukis and Yams, smoking a cigarette, whilst reading a playboy mag! :):)
And just for the record, I live just down the road from willingham woods, and nine out of ten blades that pull up at the chippie, are ridden by older men, with greying hair, just an observation like! lol!
As for the nurburgring, when exactly am I going to be riding round there? On the commute, on a tour just riding round hoping to find a campsite? What exactly is the point of a race rep if you aren't on a race track? You spend the money on a bike that is meant for a track, I'll spend mine on something comfy and designed for roads thanks. So if I want to ride round the nurburgring, I'll buy a blade (or not), or an R1, or a GSXR1000, or a ZX10R
Real riders? What? the ones who only ride at the weekend to show off how much money they can waste on the latest race rep with rediculous matching leathers, gloves, boots and helmet? No sir, real riders buy bikes that are comfy, and built for distances. I didn't see Ewan Mcgregor or Charlie Boorman riding a blade on thier epic trips, enough said, buy a bike for what you need it for, not just for posing, unless you own a Harley.
And anyway, I don't like blades, you won't like my ZZR1400, if we all liked the same thing, the world would be one heck of a boring place to be, no need to get your thongs in a twist just because I have a different opinion and likes.
Ride well and safe guys and girls, what ever you ride.