Alas, after only a few laps, spongy-lever brake fade cut into the fantastic feel and that fine line of control it had provided. Still, the CBR1000RR was stable at speed and pivoted around corners with resounding, tail-happy ease. But while the CBR's chassis setup was positively intuitive and sliding is fun, sideways isn't forward. Best lap: 2:04.013. Still, the Honda is the lightest of the Fours and that helps rideability a lot. Kei "Nasty" Nashimoto's observations were spot-on: "The Honda CBR1000RR feels small, not too much effort to move around. Its engine makes very usable, broad power, and the suspension was the best for me."