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HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

Is big horsepower the only way you can get an ear to ear smile smacked broad against your chops? Or can little bikes fulfil you just the same? We sent Pretty Boy to find out …
’That thing on the right is a throttle
How many sandwiches has he got in there?’
IMAGES GARY CHAPMA

How much is too much? It’s a valid question in today’s world where every other sportsbike seems to make nigh-on 200bhp. Of course, if you feel like we do then you’ll agree that there’s never too much power to be had. The trick is to just keep upping your game to match the excessive outputs on tap (or to buy a bike with enough rider aids to make you look good, even if you’re out of control). We’ve all be there. But somewhere most of us haven’t been in a very long time is to the opposite end of the power spectrum, where minute horsepower figures rule supreme.

Legislation is the bane of all evil in most aspects of life, and there’s no finer example than in the power-castrating rulings that mean riders are heavily restricted to minimal power figures. But rules are rules, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have a great time on two-wheels on a bike with limited ponies. In reality, most of us will fondly remember the great times we had growing up on little bikes with less pungent output than a fart in a storm. And so it happened that after one too many beers and a drunken suggestion from a mate, the idea popped up to see how ‘low’ we could go and still be assured of a good time on two wheels. Could a teeny-weeny A2-compliant machine, sporting fewer than 47 ponies, be all that was needed to have a whale of time on road and track? There was only one way to find out.

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