Five of the best smart sports­bikes

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Du­cati Pani­gale 1299S

Ev­ery con­ceiv­able rider aid fit­ted. Turns the pre­vi­ously-an­gry 1199 into a heat-seek­ing pussy­cat.

Yamaha R1

In­cred­i­ble trac­tion, slide and wheelie con­trol. You can cus­tomise rid­ing modes, but can’t eas­ily dis­able ABS and there’s no au­to­blip­per as stan­dard.

Kawasaki ZX-10R

Has the R1’s top notch Imu-en­abled sys­tem, but the con­trols are more ba­sic and there’s no auto-blip­per.


The BMW has all the bells and whis­tles, in­clud­ing semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion. Not as re­fined as lat­est­sports­bikes, but still mind-blow­ing.

Aprilia RSV4

Su­perb, easy to con­trol rider aids, but no auto-blip­per. Was classlead­ing un­til the lat­est Du­cati, Yamaha and Kawasaki came along.

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