What's it like to live with Ducati's latest road rocket, the Panigale, for a week's ordinary use?
We British are a funny lot when it comes to buying motorcycles. We'll love a new sports bike for lapping a foreign racetrack faster than its rivals, in the hands of someone we've never met, then buy it in order to whizz about as best we can on British roads.
There's nothing wrong with that if it gives us pleasure, and bikes do just that through their image, looks, sound and brand values as well as the how they feel and perform (while the ace in the pack is that even the most ordinary motorcycle is still a motorcycle and, by default, enjoyable).
However, with Ducati's Panigale superbike performing as well in showrooms as it has done in track tests, there's plenty of interest in how it copes with a trip to the supermarket, heavy traffic, a weekend away or carrying a passenger. So I borrowed one to subject it to a week of intense ordinariness.
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