Everything's relative, of course, and by the standards of a production supersport this ultra-light and superbly suspended R1 felt wonderfully quick and easy to turn. In this it was helped by Spies' riding position, which has footrests set well back and very wide handlebars to give more leverage. Part of the reason I didn't have a problem turning the R1 was doubtless that, at 6'4" and 185 lbs., I'm even taller and heavier than Spies, who at a very fit 5'11" and 160 lbs. is big for a racer. "You need some muscle with this bike," Gentile says. "It can work with a very strong rider, not with a smooth riding style. Luckily, Ben is big and strong."