Where other electrics are quiet, the Lightning shrieks as it unleashes its extraordinary power, loud enough to be easily heard over the rush of wind above 100 mph. In the tradition of the best sportsbikes, it’s not just physically demanding, it’s emotionally engaging. By the time I pull over to catch my breath, I’m well and truly peaking on adrenaline. “This bike has a real character to it,” Richard grins, “it’s that devil on your shoulder, always telling you to give it a bit more throttle.” I can only reply with profanities.

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