Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Wel­come to Rock­ing­ham, 1.94-miles of Northamp­ton’s finest tar­mac. It’s the per­fect venue for let­ting our 1000s off the leash to see how they per­form at the limit.

This sin­u­ous snake of tar­mac is ac­tu­ally the only anti-clock­wise track in the coun­try and has a tech­ni­cal mix­ture of slow cor­ners, chi­canes and flat-in-fourth sweep­ers. It also takes in two sec­tions of the cir­cuit’s sev­en­de­gree Nas­car-style bank­ing.

It’s ex­tremely grippy in the dry, mak­ing it a true test of both tyres and chas­sis, and to eval­u­ate stop­ping power there’s a walk­ing pace hair­pin you en­ter flat-out in fourth.

Elec­tron­ics get a good go­ing over with trac­tion con­trol and anti-wheelie work­ing over­time to con­tain the fury of th­ese two-wheeled mis­siles.

Our testers rode all the bikes dur­ing our two-day track bo­nanza, but to see which is quick­est I rode each ma­chine for five timed laps. We di­alled the elec­tron­ics to their raci­est trac­tion, wheelie con­trol and ABS set­tings for our fast laps.

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