‘It’s lovely to ride, sweet and refined’
John Mcguinness Honda TT legend
I’m really excited about the new bike. I’ve needed that injection of enthusiasm to get back to the sharp end. Not that I was away from it. But I need to close the gap on those two chaps in front and this new bike might just be the tool for the job. It’s lovely to ride, it’s sweet, refined and worth the wait. The build quality, the dashboard, the electronics and how they react are fantastic. I’ve never used a blipper before. I’ve never used fly-by-wire either. I’m a creature of habit so I was quite sceptical. But I took to it naturally. I was shocked at how different it is to the old model.
As a TT bike it’ll be easier to ride than the old model, a bit less physical and with a TT race over an hour long it’s difficult and tiring. If this can make the job a little bit easier, if I need to have a dog fight towards the end I’ll have the energy left to do it.
We’ve been screaming for more power for a while, and now we’ve got it. It might not make the same figures as some other stuff around but you can work with it. It’s not aggressive either. That’s really good for a road race bike. I’ve not ridden the latest bikes from the other manufacturers. But I’ve heard some are scary fast and sometimes that’s not what you want. You want a balance of reliability, stability and power. This bike feels like it’s got that. I almost think because it’s that good it doesn’t feel as fast as it is.
Mcpint looks like a man who’s been injected with enthusiasm