Middleweight Sportbike Shootout Preview
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Although a good portion of the U.S. is blanked in snow we’re getting a jump on the spring motorcycling season by carrying out our inaugural sportbike
shootout of the year featuring Ducati’s newly introduced 899 Panigale, MV Agusta’s long-stroke F3 800, and the machine that started it all, Suzuki’s GSX-R750. Also making an appearance is last year’s track winner
, Kawasaki’s 636cc-powered Ninja ZX-6R. Last week we conducted the track element of the test at SoCal’s Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. After logging about 60 laps on each bike it’s clear how much each brand’s model has morphed over the years. Normally each machine feel and ride close to one other, but the differences between this group is tremendous. Yet each offer special attributes that we appreciated. The real question however is which manufacturer’s formula provides the best overall package. Tune in to Motorcycle-USA.com on Monday, January 27 for an in-depth analysis from the track followed by separate street-based reports soon after.
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