Kern first rode the bike last April when he provided the design team with feedback on the then still-in-development bike. Engineers made minor adjustments to the Telelever front suspension, which effected huge improvements in the handling of the new bike. "It’s razor sharp,” claimed Kern. "It takes less than half the effort to turn than my old R1200S." As for the engine, Kern is optimistic about the upcoming Daytona 200, which he’s always dreamed of riding. "The Sport has the same torque as the old motor but spins up so much faster. We’ve revved it up to 9600 rpm with no problems." In testing, Kern never had the benefit of a draft but still saw speeds in the mid-160s. He thinks that with a draft, the new Boxer could get close to 170 mph, a massive step up for the opposed-Twin. Of course, all that go is only trouble without the means to slow it back down, and Kern was particularly thrilled with the anchors of the German racebike. "The brakes are absolutely violent," he beamed, "the best I’ve ever experienced."