The chassis is a match for the motor, too. With a curb weight of 478 pounds the Thou is no lightweight, but the low-slung exhaust contributes to the aim of mass centralization. The compact motor squeezes into an aluminum Hornet 600 frame, meaning the bike can be cranked through hairpins with a flick of its not particularly wide bars. Steering is superbly neutral and precise, helped by feedback from the 43mm upside-down fork taken from the '08 RR. Spring rates are slightly softer, with damping tweaked to suit. On standard settings the front end is firm enough to give good control, even when using the fierce stopping power provided by the RR-derived four-pot radial front brakes.