If you read my previous report on eight bikes of similar capacity you’ll have noticed, or should have, that my least impressive bike was the BMW G 310 R. Unfortunately, it felt a little ‘lost’ in the company of others and, well, I found it a bit boring, sorry BMW.
Here in South Africa we seem to be obsessed with large capacity and very expensive motorcycles. Nothing else seems desirable in our two-wheeled world, regarding smaller capacity machines that is. The general opinion is that they’re all just for the daily and tedious commute to work and back, or to deliver tasty convenient foods (read lazy bast’), to your doorstep. Well to all you ‘disbelievers’ you’re looking up the wrong showroom if you think a quarter-mill’-Rand motorcycle is the only answer to two-wheeled entertainment, and then some.
If you think of the name Husqvarna the chances are you’re going to think of off-road and moto-cross bikes, right? They’ve been around, or so it seems, forever with these types of motorbikes aimed at dirt riding fun and competition events. I think Steve McQueen owned one in the late 60s/70s, or his brother did, or perhaps even his mother, either way Husqvarna is certainly a household name in the world of motorcycling.
The Panigale V4 is the new bench mark in the superbike class and replaces the iconic 1299 at the top of the Ducati supersport range. For Ducati to move away from its traditional V-twin layout to a V4 is monumental, but I'm pleased to announce the Italian firm has hit the nail on the head!