SEC­OND OPIN­ION: JOHN McAVOY

Performance Bikes (UK) - - Race Legend -

THE HP4 does ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect of a su­per-light­weight BMW S1000RR with car­bon wheels and 20 ex­tra horse­power. It is still try­ing to pow­er­wheelie in fifth gear on the start/fin­ish straight, it turns and changes di­rec­tion with­out a thought, and all the while re­mains com­posed and sta­ble. The most lin­ger­ing mem­ory I have, though, is that, un­like Rutter’s race bike, the HP4 Race felt familiar to me – it felt like an S1000RR. It has the same riding po­si­tion, and makes the same sounds, and has that same feel­ing of ‘do it all’ abil­ity. It re­ally does feel like it could be rid­den to the shops. It even has a use­ful steer­ing lock. The only prob­lem I have with this oth­er­wise per­fect track bike, is the same prob­lem that ev­ery­one on a ‘nor­mal’ in­come will al­ways have with a bike like this: its price tag, specif­i­cally if things go wrong. The con­se­quences of even the small­est drop sim­ply don’t bear think­ing about, never mind hav­ing a big­gie. On top of all of that, bear in mind that you would need to find some­thing in the re­gion of £15,000 for a re­place­ment en­gine ev­ery 3000 miles or so. I don’t know about you, but that’s a frankly salty run­ning cost...

Johnny reck­ons you could ride it to the shops. You’d need a honey bad­ger to chain to it when you ar­rive...

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