2012 Middleweight Sportbike Shootout Conclusion

Adam Waheed | November 26, 2012

Once the suspension settles the F3 has a planted feel mid-corner.
Our only real complaint in the drivetrain department is its lack of a racing-style slipper clutch.
The GSX-R750s engine is not only punchy but smooth and very easy to wheelie and play around on.
Refined. That is the Suzuki in a nutshell.

Adam Waheed (33-years-old) – 6’0”, 180 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750 (street) MV Agusta F3 (Track)

I’ve owned a few GSX-R750s in my day and it’s one of my favorite road bikes. It’s civil enough to ride to church but still serves up more than enough performance to clown around on afterward. Sure it doesn’t have quite as much character as the MV but it’s still a blast, and all you’d need to do to get that level of excitement is throw on a pipe. The GSX-R is just as solid on the track, too, but it’s hard to argue against the wild-ass, light-your-hair-on-fire demeanor of the MV. Sure it’s loose and moves around a lot—plus the range of suspension adjustment is limited—but I just really enjoyed ripping it. Plus no one has one yet here in the States so it adds a degree of exclusivity which I like.

Frankie Garcia (21-years-old) – 5’8”, 175 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R

If I were to buy one of these three sportbikes it would be the Triumph. The bike comes with a super bad-ass three-cylinder engine and has enough torque to pull a train. The bike doesn’t require any suspension mods because it comes stock with a set of Ohlins pieces front and rear. The bike is just insane and ten levels above the other machines in its class. The engine is better, suspension is better, and it looks trick. Can you tell I like the Triumph?

Brian Steeves (33-years-old) – 5’9”, 170 pounds—Suzuki GSX-R750

It’s hard to get away from what Suzuki has built for 25 years. You could teach your mom how to ride the GSX-R750 and still go to the track and rip it yourself. It comes from the tens of thousands of laps engineers have done over the years. Factor in its reliability and it’s an easy decision. The Suzuki is a motorcycle that has stood the test of time… and one that resonates with a budget-minded rider like me.

Aaron Colton (20-years-old) – 6’2”, 170 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750

Not only does it have the smoothest power delivery, but it seemed like the most fine-tuned. It’s got a killer motor, great brakes and it is really comfortable on the street. You really can’t go wrong with this bike and it is a ton of fun. I also really liked that you didn’t have to have the thing all spun out like the other bikes. It was more forgiving and easy-to-ride. I’d for sure buy the Suzuki.

Adam Waheed

MotoUSA Road Test Editor | Adam's insatiable thirst for life is only surpassed by his monthly fuel bill. Whether rocketing on land, flying through the air, or jumping the seas, our Road Test Editor does it all and has the scars to prove it.

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