SEC­OND OPIN­ION

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - The Rutter Test -

I THOUGHT MICHAEL had lost it, and we’d have to trade him in for a younger model, when he said this base model is eas­ier to ride. He’s ob­vi­ously not quite at the pen­sion­able stage, be­cause he’s right. It’s small de­grees, but with bikes this wildly po­tent, that lit­tle bit of ex­tra con­trol makes a big dif­fer­ence. Make no mis­take, it’s no CB500 and places great de­mands on your phys­i­cal strength, re­ac­tions and con­cen­tra­tion. But the base model keeps all of the mind-bog­gling, lim­it­less feel while hand­ing you back a lit­tle con­trol – and it’s £4k cheaper. It’s still a lot of cash, but it’s a big step closer to­wards sen­si­ble money.

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