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MotoUSA World Supersport Comparison

Monday, January 11, 2010
World Supersport Comparison

We Test The World’s Ultimate Middleweight Racers!

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2009 World Supersport Comparison
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MotoUSA jets to Portimao, Portugal to ride the top two World Supersport bikes from this year's championship. Be sure to check out the World Supersport Comparison video!
Look up the words racetrack and fun in the Motorcycle Dictionary and there’s a good chance you will find a photo of a World Supersport bike. Horsepower in the range of 150 at the wheel, weight sub 400 lbs and full Superbike electronics. Good luck trying to find a motorcycle much more enticing than that. And as far as the actual racing goes, it too doesn’t get much better than the middleweight world championship; bar-bashing and five-deep photo-finishes the norm. It’s for this very reason I’ve been chomping at the bit to throw a leg over a WSS 600 since the day I first watched the middle SBK series on TV over a decade ago.

That opportunity finally came the Monday following the final round of the series in Portimao, Portugal. And the icing on the cake? We would be riding not one, but two WSS machines. In fact, the top two on the planet: Cal Crutchlow’s championship-winning factory Yamaha YZF-R6 and Eugene Laverty’s second-place Vodafone Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR.

This test was set up and arranged by the folks at Infront Sports, the controlling body behind the World Superbike series. Thankfully for us they’re darn near off their rockers! Because as a result a very limited group of journalists (less than 20 from around the world) were invited to ride the machinery, exactly as they exited the track the day prior (or so they said), for one 20-minute session each. This was run in conjunction with the World Superbike test we featured last month, so it made for quite the hectic day – nine bikes to ride in total. Hard work, but every lap well worth the effort. Furthermore, through some connections within the teams, MotoUSA was able to weasel nearly 30 minutes on each bike, and as such were able to really put the two 600s to the test.

As for my assumption that these machines represent the pinnacle of fun on two wheels? It was, without the faintest question, dead on the mark. The Superbikes may have been more ‘gnarly’, and as such more of an adrenal workout, but as far the grin on my face went, none held a candle to either of the Supersport machines!

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Todd P. -Quit waffling and pick one !  February 1, 2010 07:37 PM
I mean come on ! "If I had to choose 1 Bike" that is what you said isn't it ? Then quit waffling Favre and decide already ! You should be a politician , your neither for or against .
Jeremy O-town -Pointless  January 13, 2010 05:06 AM
I'm see the point of you guys reviewing these two bikes but to rank them...that is absolutely pointless. Why rank them? For the consumer - we can't buy these bikes! And your basis for the ranking - your lap times! YOUR lap times, who cares about YOUR lap times on two supersport bikes that no one can buy? And why would I care about who finishes 1st and 2nd? Good article but otherwise useless. Still love you guys though.
Archie -W1LLPOW3R  January 11, 2010 06:34 PM
“Do you really need traction control on a 600”? No, but if you don’t and your opponent does, then he will be getting on the gas well before the apex while at nearly full lean while YOU will still be holding the throttle steady at a much smaller amount of twist until you get closer to the apex and with less lean angle. You also don’t need a slipper clutch but if your opponent has it then you will too. What ever makes the bikes go faster is needed, if the color pink made a bike more aerodynamic then all race bikes would be pink.
helmet head -AFFLICTION?  January 11, 2010 02:15 PM
why do you have an Affliction sticker on your helmet? ...journo being "sponsored?"
W1LLPOW3R -worls supersports.  January 11, 2010 10:42 AM
Do you really need traction control on a 600?

600 supersports=best sound in motorcycling...
Ben -Steve-O  January 11, 2010 09:35 AM
I love your new Alpinestars leathers. The prints and colors are great.
Jeffery W. -Great Read  January 11, 2010 09:17 AM
What a life you guys live. Amazing. You guys should have a reality TV show. I'd watch that! Great story BTW!
Dan the Canadian -What a JOB.......  January 11, 2010 06:10 AM
Man I need to change my JOB.............
All Supersport bike are great from the factory.....
And if they are totaly modified by a world SuperSport team, what a dream......