Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - The Rutter Test -

‘On track you lose noth­ing, yet save the money’

IT DOESN’T MAKE sense that this ver­sion is eas­ier to ride, but it is. Ev­ery time I’ve ridden a Panigale with the Öh­lins elec­tronic sus­pen­sion, it’s been a bit of a hand­ful – at Don­ing­ton, and even on the closed TT course where it had the room to use that in­cred­i­ble en­gine. It could hon­estly do with the midrange power knocked back a bit, it drives so hard for a road bike.

This time, I felt more com­fort­able with it – it’s still in­cred­i­ble for a bike that’s to­tally stan­dard, but it didn’t feel out of place on a Bri­tish cir­cuit like the other ver­sion. Usu­ally with a cheaper ver­sion of a bike you have to make ex­cuses for it, but you don’t with this. I had no prob­lem with the en­gine or the chas­sis – the brakes weren’t as good as the other ones I’ve tried, but you’d prob­a­bly fix that with a fiver’s worth of brake fluid.

When it comes to rid­ing on track, you lose noth­ing, yet save the money. I guess if you’re us­ing it mostly on the road, you’d ben­e­fit from the elec­tronic sus­pen­sion be­ing a bit more for­giv­ing. Or if you don’t want to spend any time set­ting a bike up, then hav­ing a com­puter give you a de­cent set­ting for no ef­fort might be use­ful. But you’d have to re­ally want that to spend the ex­tra money over this model, be­cause they’re so close it makes no dif­fer­ence. Es­pe­cially when you look at the facts.

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