‘It’s lovely to ride, sweet and re­fined’

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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

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