2014 Heavyweight Supersport Road Shootout Conclusion

Adam Waheed | February 24, 2014

Adam Waheed, 34, Road Test Editor – 6’0”, 178 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750

I’ve always been a fan boy of Suzuki’s GSX-R750. And as usual it proved to be the most versatile and well-rounded package and the bike I would ultimately purchase. But, I can’t lie—I did enjoy riding the Panigale more. Overall it’s a much better street bike than the 1199 and I was really blown away by how useable it is on the road. And if there wasn’t such a huge disparity between it and the GSX-R I wouldn’t hesitate pulling the trigger on a purchase.

Chris Northover, 27, Superbike Road Test Editor– 5’8”, 156 pounds – Racing: Ducati 899 Panigale

The Ducati was the big surprise on the road for me – its spread of power and super stable handling were really impressive. The dash and electronics are so well integrated, once you have them set up, that you can toggle between riding modes as easily as you’d flick on your turn signals or shift gear. The only place I felt it struggled was around the tightest hairpins, where its longer wheelbase and slower steering held it up. But it was definitely my favorite.

2014 Heavyweight Supersport RoadShootout Specs
MV Agusta
F3 800
 Ducati
899 Panigale
Suzuki
GSX-R750
Engine: 798cc liquid-cooled Inline Three 12-valve Engine: 898cc liquid-cooled L-Twin; 8-valve Engine: 750cc liquid-cooled Inline Four, 16-valve 
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 54.3mm Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 57.2mm Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 48.7mm
Compression:13.3:1 Compression:12.5:1 Compression: 12.5:1
Fueling: Fuel Injection w/ twin injectors per cylinder Fueling: Fuel-injection Fueling: Fuel-injection
Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type with electronic quickshifter Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type with electronic quickshifter Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type
Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation Clutch: Wet multi-plate; Hydraulic actuation Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation
Final Drive: Chain; 16/43 gearing Final Drive: Chain; 15/44 gearing Final Drive: Chain; 16/43 gearing
Frame: Steel tubular trellis and aluminum Frame: Monocoque aluminum Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 43mm Marzocchi fork with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.92 in. travel Front Suspension: Showa 43mm inverted fork; three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.72 in. travel Front Suspension: 43mm inverted Showa BPF; three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Sachs gas-charged shock with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.84 in. travel Rear Suspension:Sachs gas-charged shock; three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.12 in. travel Rear Suspension: Showa gas-charged shock; four-way adjustable for spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping; 4.9 in. travel
Front Brakes: 320mm discs, radial-mount  Brembo monobloc calipers Front Brakes: 320mm discs with radial-mount Brembo four-piston M4 monobloc calipers Front Brakes: 300mm discs with radial-mount Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa; 120/70R17, 180/55R17 Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa; 120/70R17, 180/55R17 Tires: Bridgestone BT-016; 120/70R17, 180/55R17
Curb Weight: 428 lbs. Curb Weight: 437 lbs. Curb Weight: 427 lbs.
Wheelbase: 54.23 in. Wheelbase: 56.57 in. Wheelbase: 54.7 in.
Rake: 23.6 deg. Rake: 24.0 deg. Rake: 23.0 deg.
Seat Height: 31.96 in. Seat Height: 32.48 in Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Fuel Tank: 4.22 gal. Fuel Tank: 4.5 gal. Fuel Tank: 4.5 gal.
MSRP: $15,798 MSRP: $14,998 MSRP: $12,299
 
 

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