Performance Bikes (UK) - - RACE LEGEND -

AT THIS POINT, it’s worth re­mind­ing our­selves that the Du­cati has an ex­tra 10.5% ca­pac­ity over the R1M, so it’s not com­par­ing like for like. None­the­less, try not to let your eye be drawn to the Du­cati’s curve first.

Take a look at the R1M’s curve and note that, at 186bhp, it is a se­ri­ously pow­er­ful mo­tor­cy­cle. Then re­mem­ber that there are only two tenths of a sec­ond be­tween the two bikes’ lap times.

There is noth­ing dull or puny about the R1M, un­til you put the Panigale’s power and torque curves on to the same chart. Apart from a very brief mo­ment at 8500rpm when the lines threaten to con­verge, there’s fresh air be­tween the two curves.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, they also pro­vide a very handy vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what th­ese two earth-shat­ter­ing mo­tor­cy­cles are like to ride.

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