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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