.....is the one i own, I have had it for the last 4 years, great bike, fast, Handles and good for touring (Spain, France) but to mention a few places. Big enough to get some luggage on and the riding position is good and i'm 5'10''.
The main problem with the 08 and onwards version is that there has not been much change, the bike is smaller, revs harder and is lighter but and it's a big but, the 08 version is not any faster nor does touring on it lend itself to some sort of comfort being smaller and with a very small rear end.
The bike has not changed much since 08, the 2012 blade is exactly the same bike as the 08 less a few very small (insignificant) changes. The SP Blade i cannot comment on as i have not ridden one but i am pleased to see that they have some upgrades on the suspension and brakes.
Question is for some of us: Do we really want all the electronic gizmos that are present on the BMW HP4 or the Ducati 1199 Panigale, for me, it's a big no, just more tech to go wrong and more expense.
Hope to try the SP Blade next year, but if it's on the small side i will stick to what i have.
Last Question, A few years back MCN reported that all new bikes would have to be fitted with electronics that could be used to record your riding style and speed and location, has this happened to the new bikes?