I CAN’T AF­FORD MEGA-MONEY BIKES, BUT I STILL LOVE THEM

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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

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