September 04th, 2014
Its funny that after only a few months of commuting on the FireBlade, I realised just how hard it was to commute on the 1098s today. Bloody hell was it hard work. Admittedly on the longish straight stuff it was its normal brilliant self, but having to pull away from the junctions, slipping the clutch, was a massive pain in the rear end. Thankfully I was just for one day only as this afternoon I picked up the 'Blade from my local Honda dealer, with a freshly fitted chain and sprocket kit attached. I went for OEM as it was the cheapest on offer. I like DID chains and Renthal sprockets as much as the next man, but if the original kit is cheaper, then that's fine by me.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.