*This video and test was originally published June 25, 2012.
It was the spring of 2012, the sun was shining, birds chirping and we were at northern California’s Thunderhill Raceway Park for the racetrack segment of our Superbike Smackdown Shootout. And our ninth installment proved the most grandiose to date. Nine brand new Superbikes from Japan, Italy, Germany and Austria. All shod with Pirelli’s racing-grade Diablo Supercorsa rubber, and in lightly-modified form, with race exhausts, fuel/ignition modules, and quickshifters (if not equipped with them from the factory).
In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, we present a combined, full-length installment of MotoUSA’s 2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Shootout, at the racetrack, featuring Aprilia’s RSV4 Factory, BMW’s S1000RR, Ducati’s 1199 Panigale, Honda’s CBR1000RR, Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-10R, KTM’s RC8R, MV Agusta’s F4R, Suzuki’s GSX-R1000, and Yamaha’s YZF-R1. Nine superbikes, one winner.
After watching the episode, take a look at the 11-page article for an in-depth analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, and performance (including comparative dyno charts, lap times, g-forces, speed, lean angle, and more) of each motorcycle: 2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Track.