DUCATI’S SUPERLEGGERA, BMW’S HP4P Race and Norton’s V4 SS are the new poster bikes of our generation. The latest family of superlight, superpowerful, super-trick superbikes are truly something to behold, and I’ve travelled all over Europe to find out more about them. Despite being mega-money beasts, all three could have a direct effect on the shape of mainstream sportsbikes to come.
I headed to Milan to speak to the Ducati and BMW design bosses about their new bikes. Both of them raved about carbonfibre and its use in chassis construction, and both of them expressed hope that in the future carbon-framed sportsbikes will be as common as aluminium is now.
Then I headed to the NEC to have a look at the Norton V4 – an amazing, beautiful thing. It’s a bold move by the small-ish Donington company, but if they can pull it off, satisfy orders and customers, plus build a brilliant bike, they will be part of the best story in British biking since the resurrection of Triumph 25 years ago.
I’m rooting for them.
Norton’s V4 SS will make history if it fulfills its promises