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Superbike Smackdown IX Begins

Friday, May 4, 2012
Spring showers bring May flowers… and Motorcycle-USA’s liter-class sportbike comparisons. It’s hard to believe but this year is the ninth time we’ve tested each manufacturer's Superbikes head-to-head to find out which is best.
 
This time we have eight 2012 machines vying for the top spot: The Ducati 1199 Panigale is the only bike that is all-new, but the BMW S10000RR, Honda CBR1000RR and Suzuki GSX-R1000 also have a number of technical updates. Yamaha also added traction control on its YZF-R1 and after a year off, Aprilia is returning with its RSV4 Factory. Last but not least is Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-10R and the KTM RC8R.
 
For the last few years we’ve offered readers two separate tests (street and racetrack) because we understand that not everyone rides on the street or racetrack, and vice versa. With the recent in-flux of high end electronics and technology we’re upping our game by providing four independent shootouts (street, racetrack, traction control and ABS braking). We also have one mega surprise for those that love hopping up their bikes with go-fast goodies (more on that later).
 
As always our tests will feature comprehensive data to separate fact from fiction and provide readers the most through and accurate analysis available on the internet or newsstand. Make sure to visit our MotoUSA Twitter and Motorcycle-USA Facebook accounts to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the tests…


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Comments
motousa_adam May 30, 2012 11:04 PM
vg: we didn't get a buell-- i didn't know it existed until after the test--we're going to line up a test later this summer...adam
vg May 12, 2012 01:59 AM
Adam, this is going to be an exciting shootout. But any chance you guys could get your hands on EBR 1190RS?
fkranich23 May 10, 2012 06:14 AM
Hi,

The Erik Buell Racing 1190RS would have made an awesome addition. EBR is doing incredible in AMA Superbike. To see a EBR in a superbike shootout would be very interesting and might shake things up a bit.
natesland May 8, 2012 01:41 PM
@twistyS: I agree with Adam, too close to warrant a test; however, a test between the 1198 & 1199 would be awesome!
motousa_adam May 6, 2012 07:07 PM
@twistyS: we won't be doing a back-to-back test against those bikes as the difference isn't very significant. if it helps, i would purchase the non 's' model.
TwistyS May 5, 2012 10:21 AM
Will we get to see 1199 vs 1199S model in this test or maybe near future?
motousa_adam May 4, 2012 11:32 PM
@leward18: haha--thanks maybe you should call... they'd probably be more apt to listen haha:) @b-kings rock: i like the way you're thinking and you have two of the three parts right. @shashankmittal: MV doesn't want to give us a bike-- but it's okay because i rode the f4rr last fall during the dainese italian legendary tour and i didn't like it so much... oops did i just say that:0
shashankmittal May 4, 2012 01:36 PM
No MV F4RR...the most powerful liter bike (on paper)? I guess the surprise would be a performance comparison between stock bike and a race prepped bike with full exhaust and aftermarket fuel module.
B-kings Rock May 4, 2012 08:34 AM
Curious about the mega-surprise....maybe a reflash on all the ecu's and a "gloves-off" no holds barred rumble to finish things off.
leward18 May 4, 2012 03:41 AM
Can't wait for this test. You guys should have your own show. Call up the Discovery Channel and see if a deal can be made.