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Engine Type: 954cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder

Bore and Stroke: 75.0mm x 54.0mm Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Carburetion: PGM-FI with automatic enricher circuit

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping

Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain

Front Suspension: 43mm inverted HMAS™ cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel

Rear Suspension: HMAS Pro-Link® single shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.3-inch travel

Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 330mm discs with four-piston calipers

Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper

Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17 radial

Wheelbase: 55.1 inches Rake (Caster Angle): 23.45 degrees Trail: 97.0mm (3.8 inches)

Seat Height: 32.1 inches Dry Weight: 370.0 pounds

Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve

Colors: Red/Black, Silver/Black, Yellow/Blue

The most significant modification is to the motor. In 2000 Honda tried to combat the threat of Yamaha’s R1 by upping the capacity by 11cc to 929cc. The 2002 Blade not only has a new R1 to take on, but the class-leading GSX-R1000, so Honda has responded by boring out the motor again. The 2002 bike is the biggest Blade yet, with a capacity of 954cc.

According to sources at Honda, this is as far as the current motor will go without compromising reliability – a Honda strong point. To reach this capacity the bore has been increased by 1mm to 75mm while the stroke remains at 54mm. New lighter and shorter pistons run in the cylinders.

These changes should make the motor faster revving as the pistons have less inertia, which road riders should notice with faster throttle response and crisper acceleration. Racers will find the motor more reliable as the new pistons will put less stress on the con-rod when the bike is on over-run.









Honda isn’t so optimistic. It claims a 3bhp increase to 149bhp, with torque up to 77ftlb at 9500rpm, up around 3ftlb. That will be enhanced by the firm’s H-VIX system, carried over from the previous model. Similar to Yamaha’s Exup valve, it opens and shuts to control the flow of pressure waves out of the pipe, giving the engine a kick in the mid-range. A lightweight titanium end can also contributes to the power boost.

The shock has been modified slightly to work with this set-up, but it’s the same piggyback unit used in the 2001 bike, with a yellow spring instead of the white one. A rear hugger helps keep it that colour. The 43mm inverted forks are unchanged.

The chassis changes have shaved 2kg (4.4lb) off the weight – taking it to just 168kg (370lb).

As well as the performance-enhancing changes, a glance at the pictures on this page will reveal plenty of visual tweaks, too – the new Blade has an even more aggressive look, thanks to a totally new fairing and seat unit.

The new lights are narrower than the previous bike’s, making the front pointier and sportier. The new fairing should boost comfort as well as looks, as the screen is an inch taller than the 2001 Blade’s, and more steeply angled to deflect more wind over the rider’s head. Touring on a Blade, anyone.

The main fairing is now a single piece, which adds to the streamlined look. It also extends farther back to hide more of the clutch cover.
 

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ProjectCivic said:
Man I want one :( I was going to buy a GSXR 750 in March, but decided to start a Civic Project instead, too much snow here in winter.:mad:
yeah man, too much work to put it away for the winter and take it back out... just for a few months of riding each year. Very expensive toy to maintain in our climate...
 

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Man I could get into so much trouble with that much bike! I've been thingking about the F4i since Jan., maybe this summer. The F4i is still plenty of trouble.
 
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