Want to quiz the 'father' of the Fireblade?
170mph? Impossible officer, I've only been out ten minutes.
After so long at the top spot, what were your initial reactions when Yamaha brought out the original R1? Was it mass panic to re-invent the blade again?
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What element of the original Fireblade design gave you the most satisfaction, and why?
Might be interesting to ask him which bike he sees as the one to beat.
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They must have properly started dumping when the GSX-R1000 came out as well! Having said that, imagine being in the Kawasaki R&D trying to polish the ZX-9R!
Seen as the fox eye blade was such a popular looking bike are there any plans to reintroduce this look on the new bike? Bit like the way the Ducati's have gone!
Are you Mr Urry?
I would be interested to know which of all the fireblade designs are his favourite....but I guess you would expect him to say the original. But I would be wondering from a styling point of view - which does he think is the best looking.
Also, you could ask him when there will be a v4 / v5 fireblade
I had an FZR Thou when the Blade came out, Aky, my mate had the second one sold from Kens at Westgate Road Newcastle.
Now my question would be, what does he see as the next big improvement in bike design, be it styling or performance.
The Blade made my FZR feel long, low, heavy, and incredibly slow to turn, which it was next to the Blade.
Manufacturers can't keep on making them lighter and faster, year in year out, or we'll end up with a 2 Kilo, 300mph motorcycle.
He had a brilliant idea of basically making a 600, with 1000cc performance, wrapped up with amazing practicality, for a super-bike.
I would guess that "usability" through electronics will be where the major gains will come from, hopefully with a more practical riding position, which would be a bonus, as people in general, seem to be getting physically bigger in every respect.
Ask him if he can develop a hydraulic, Two wheel drive system that looks and works good enough to be put into production, Yamaha had a go with a 2000 model year R1.
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