Welcome to a world that is both vanishing down the end of the straight and yet tantalizingly close at hand. The great thing about superbikes is that they are accessible. By definition, race regulations give you the chance to ride bikes which are very like those that are sweeping all before them on the track. Rules for the Superbike World Championships demand that the models entering must be similar to those produced and sold to the public, receiving only tuning and minor adaptations in order to stay eligible. Therefore, manufacturers must produce (at least) an agreed number of the models for sale so that their superbike can enter these competitions. Generally profile, appearance and frame must stay the same, although wheels, brakes, suspensions and swingarm may vary. But for look and feel, your ride can get very close. So, for instance, you, too, like the great Max Biaggi, can ride bikes such as the Aprilia RSV4 1000 or the Factory model, the successor to the Aprilia RSV1000R, on which he became Superbike World Champion in 2010 and 2012 respectively.