New breed of su­per­bikes are su­per-bonkers!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CAL­TON

The lat­est breed of 1000cc sports­bikes are too pow­er­ful, too ex­pen­sive and too re­liant on elec­tron­ics. And we love them.

Even if we don’t ac­tu­ally want to buy one – al­though judg­ing by this week’s sportsbike shootout (see page 36) many will – they are still won­drous things .

Things to be ad­mired, drooled over and talked about. Things to tackle Bri­tish Su­per­bikes and the TT and things to be mus­cled around at the front of the fast group at a track­day.

And now that the top speed race has been run (with man­u­fac­tur­ers agree­ing to a 186mph vol­un­tary limit as far back as 2001), the men in white coats have turned their at­ten­tion to other things. Like mak­ing bril­liant sus­pen­sion, like mak­ing the brakes work bet­ter, like cre­at­ing an elec­tronic brain to keep all of this stuff work­ing in har­mony. Which all helps the bike go faster with­out fir­ing its rider into the near­est hedge/ ditch/house.

And the lat­est su­per­bike gizmo of today is the must-have safety ac­ces­sory of to­mor­row. Of course you don’t need 195bhp, but you might need ABS the next time a car pulls out in front of you. And you might be glad of semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion the next time you hit a hor­ri­ble pot­hole on your way to see granny. So, 1000cc sports­bikes – we love em.

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