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Sorted S1000RR and rapid FZR400/YZF600 hy­brid lead this month’s read­ers’ rides.

G’DAY FROM Down Un­der. I own an MV Agusta 312RR, and a BMW S1000RR Race. Here’s the Beemer... When I first test rode it, ev­ery­one who knew me thought I’d hate it as I was an Ital­ian-only en­thu­si­ast (my first bike was an Aprilia RS250). But all of the hype is true! It re­ally is a ridicu­lously easy mo­tor­cy­cle to ride fast.

Per­haps I’ve gone a tad soft in my old age (I’m 34...), but I love the cruise con­trol, auto-blip­per/ quick­shifter, and (Lord help me) the heated grips. I couldn’t live with­out any of th­ese things now.

But I can live with­out the in­tru­sive elec­tron­ics. It’s lucky you can turn off the ABS and use Slick mode so you can ac­tu­ally ride it (we don’t get too much rain down here).

I reckon the stock bike is pretty ugly, so I’ve had to do quite a lot to get it to some­thing half pleas­ing to the eye. The mods in­clude tinted head­light cov­ers, tinted Zero Grav­ity Corsa screen, Pazzo levers, flush mounted in­di­ca­tors, an in­te­grated smoked tail light, Hot­bod­ies rac­ing tail, R&G rad/oil guards and cus­tom paint to try to blend the ‘shark gills’. It also has a Tay­lor­made Rac­ing full sys­tem set up with a PC5.

Sub­tly done, Sam. Sub­tly done...

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