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2009 Superbike Smackdown VI Commences!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Greetings all, Road Test Editor Adam here. Motorcycle USA has just begun its sixth annual Superbike Smackdown liter-class sportbike comparison. Having just wrapped up the first phase of racetrack testing at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California this motorcycle comparison is shaping up to be the most competitive yet!

Participating in this year’s Superbike test is the all-new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, both of which Executive Editor Steve Atlas recently rode. Check out his R1 First Ride article and GSX-R1000 First Ride for an insight on the updates.


Motorcycle USA's annual Superbike Smackdown odyssey has just begun. Stay tuned to find out which new liter-class Superbike is right for you.

Also making an appearance this year is the successor to Ducati’s 1098 Superbike, the big-bore 1198 Superbike which MCUSA VP Ken Hutchison sampled along with World Superbike racing champ Troy Bayliss at Portimao, Portugal. Joining the trio of new machines is the returning champion from last year’s Superbike Smackdown V, the Honda CBR1000RR as well the runner-up, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

The folks from Pirelli showed up with a truck filled with its World Supersport spec Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa racing tire. Each machine was fitted with the ultra-sticky rubber in order to make sure that each of the bikes was on equal footing.

And after a full-day of ripping around the racetrack I can’t believe just how good all of these bikes are. Think about it for a moment. For right around $16,000 ($12,000 for the Japanese bikes) you can have a 400-some pound machine that pumps out over 150 horsepower at the rear wheel and does over a hundred miles per hour in second gear! Add in a set of $400 racing tires and you have a machine capable of outperforming a $200,000 supercar!

Stay tuned as we have an epic street ride planned as well as top-speed and performance testing at an exclusive and top secret testing facility. We’ve also penciled in some dyno time in order to find out which one of these Superbike motorcycles is truly the fastest. Stay tuned, as this test is shaping up to be the best ever!


Mached-out aboard Suzuki's GSX-R1000 at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
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Comments
blackwidow -suspension question for testers..... May 25, 2009 07:43 PM
I have a new (2008 but still new) ZX-10R. I love it so far, but when riding aggressively on the street, I've noticed a few handling quirks...and I'd like your opinion. I tend to trail brake into most corners, which has always worked for me. When releasing the brake the bike becomes unsettled, going into what feels like a front-end push. I can follow my friends deep into a corner but wind up losing out because I can't seem to trust the front enough to maintain corner speed. I have made zero adjustments to the suspension, and would like your suggestions. How did you have the bikes set up for the street portion of the test...bone stock as they came? I'd love some help with this feeling I'm having....what do you think?
Stuart -Buell.... April 27, 2009 01:29 PM
Why doesn't Buell just get a real motor? Why don't they push the envelope with displacement...like a 1199 instead of a 1125? And a street version with 1500cc+? I know the chinese can build motors as well as the 1198 ducati motor...
ML -Dog Fight April 26, 2009 09:05 PM
RSV4? BMW? KTM? MV? buell? come on guys... surprise us
ABC -Buell April 23, 2009 04:06 PM
I'm sure the Buell will get spanked on the track but I'm curious to see how it measures up as a street bike.
KT -Shootout April 22, 2009 12:25 PM
Buells are barely winning in AMA supersport competition despite it's 500 + cc advantage. Can't wait to read this years superbike shoot out......
GS -WIth you...Sort of. April 22, 2009 06:46 AM
I'm with you about the KTM, BMW and Aprilia, but does everyone really want to see a Buell get its head kicked in?
Dan The Canadian -Right with you SuperBiker..... April 22, 2009 05:14 AM
We need to see all of them......
Superbiker -Where is the KTM? April 21, 2009 01:33 PM
Next year you guys need to have a super duper superbike smackdown with the Japanese inline fours, the Ducati, the KTM, the new BMW and Aprilia, and maybe a Buell.