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2013 Middleweight Supersport Shootout X Photo Gallery

Another year, another crop of Supersports to compare. Find out which one is best for the track in the 2013 Middleweight Supersport Shootout X and follow up with the best street ride in the 2013 Supersport Shootout X Street.

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Bridgestone’s Battlax S20 uses new compound formulas and an updated tread pattern to increase the contact patch against the pavement. This is what the tire looked like after a full-day of track riding at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.
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As usual we instituted our proven Superpole methodology in which both myself and Pridmore put a flying lap on each of the motorcycles to see how it reacts “near the limit” under the watchful eye of each brand’s press manager. Keen readers will note that some of the data differs from that of our previous test, which is attributed to the vastly different riding styles of ‘11 Superpole test rider Steve Rapp, whose style can be defined as more modern, point- and- shoot style versus Pridmore’s more fluid momentum-based form.
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The Bridgestone Battlax R10 EVO tire was designed to perform in a much wider range of temperatures. This is what the tire looks like after two flying laps during Superpole.
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As in past years each motorcycle was fitted with a Track Day Data Logger from Kinelogix. The Kinelogix data provides tangible statistics to draw a more accurate conclusion regarding the performance attributes of each machine.
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Once again, Monster came out to support our testing troupe at Chuckwalla, making sure we were all properly hydrated in scorching 115 degree temperatures keeping us energized with its special low calorie blend of Rehab drinks.
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Supersport Shootout X - Horsepower comparison chart.
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Supersport Shootout X - Torque comparison chart.
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The 2013 Supersport Shootout class strikes a pose at Chuckwalla Raceway.
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The 2013 Supersport class includes a totally redesigned Kawasaki ZX-6R, a significantly revamped Triumph Daytona 675R and more modest updates to the Honda CBR600RR. It also sees the MV Agusta F3 makes its first challenge in the packed Supersport field.
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High performance for the track and street. The Supersport class may not have the oomph of their Superbike siblings, but they are more affordable and more than enough for felonious street riding.
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5384cc of Supersport action on the track at Chuckwalla.
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MotoUSA street crew for the 2013 Supersport Street ride (L to R): Bart Madson, Brian Steeves, Joey Agustin, Adey Bennett, Adam Waheed, Ray Gauger, Curtis Latimer, Nathon Verdugo, Masssimo Bruzzi, Josh Powers and Jason Abbott.
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Bridgestone outfitted each of our motorcycles with its fabulous Battlax R10 and R10 EVO racing tires. The tires performed impeccably offering great grip, handling and excellent durability, too.
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This year's Supersport Shootout included 8 bikes from 7 manufacturers, one of the largest tests in MotoUSA history.
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We used Bridgestone's Battlax S20 road tire during the second day of our track test at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.