‘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.