The most successful race bike of the year, it’s never been beaten on the roads.
Due to Hutchy’s injuries the bike has been converted to right foot change and also sports a thumboperated rear brake. Oddly, it didn’t feel too unnatural braking heavily and knocking back the gears, which meant going up with my right foot. But Donington Park’s Coppice was hard work. short-shifting and using my inside foot. They’ve managed to keep its inherent stability and have precise steering at the same time; it’s a clever trick performed by TAS in partnership with K-tech suspension. The standard Brembo stoppers are impressive, but not as eyepopping as I was expecting. The power can be described in a similar fashion; it’s completely linear – and deceptively fast. It doesn’t feel too quick until you realise the track furniture is whizzing past at great speed.
Tech spec 198bhp, 174kg Race record Won the NW200, the TT and the Ulster GP. British Superstock podium regular. Why it matters Never been beaten on the roads in 2016.