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Performance Bikes (UK) - - Contents - Matt Wildee Edi­tor, matt.wildee@pb­mag.co.uk

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

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