SEC­OND OPIN­ION

Performance Bikes (UK) - - RACE LEGEND -

I’M A HUGE fan of the R1M. I love it to bits, I re­ally do. It’s only a shame that it’s here with the Panigale V4 S, oth­er­wise, the odds are I would al­ways go for the Yamaha. The R1M is the epit­ome of cool and qual­ity. It’s prop­erly trick, and fin­ished off with a long list of neat touches. Then there is the crossplane en­gine. It’s taken a while, but I’ve even­tu­ally got my head round it and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.

How­ever, the Panigale V4 scares the shit out of me, and what­ever about the tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion, im­age, lap times or dyno curves, that’s the thing that mat­ters most to me. I will never be good enough for that bike. It is amaz­ing, and sits along­side bikes like the Kawasaki H2R and Honda RC213V-S as bikes that I’ll never for­get the first time I rode one. It’s as sim­ple as that for me.

Johnny puts a hand on the V4’s arse while K-Tech’s James is dis­tracted

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