I CAN’T AFFORD MEGA-MONEY BIKES, BUT I STILL LOVE THEM
I’ve been really excited by the latest bunch of high-end superbikes like the BMW HP4 Race and the Ducati Superlegerra. I’m a normal bloke with a normal job. I own a 2011 BMW S1000RR and have got into the habit of buying a fairly new used bike every few years. New bike ownership is a dream to me, let alone spending more than a year’s wages on a bike.
Yet I’m really glad these bikes are around – they push the technology forward and that tech starts to filter down to the more ‘normal’ sportsbikes, making them better, faster, easier to ride and sexy as hell. All the trick running gear, electronics, and the 190bhp motor on my BMW were once the preserve of only the highest-end superbikes, but I sold my 2006 R1 for £5k, saved up a couple of grand and bought an S1000RR for £7.5k!
I’m really looking forward to buying my used carbon-framed S1000RR for the same in 2023! Ian Jones Couldn’t agree more, Ian. It’s great to see manufacturers pushing the limits of design and tech. It’s why I get sad to see bike firms punting out low-power, trendy retro bikes to fashion victims and people who’ve given up on riding fast. Building a sportsbike is the ultimate exercise in engineering. These mega-bikes can only make the sportsbikes we buy better. MW