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Superbike Smackdown VII Commences

Friday, April 16, 2010

It’s Superbike Smackdown time at Motorcycle USA. Which will be the best Superbike of ’10? Drop a comment and let us know what you think…
Another year, another crop of shiny new Superbikes and Motorcycle USA has them all for our annual Superbike Smackdown liter-class sportbike comparison. Similarly to last year, we will be offering a two-part test, one based off outright performance at the racetrack and one revolving around day-to-day use on the road. We’ve just begun the street portion by lapping the roads of Southern Cal in an effort to sort out every nuance of these bikes in order to determine which one is truly the best.
 
The reigning champ and multi-time winner of our Superbike Smackdown Comparisons, Honda’s CBR1000RR has some serious competition this year. In addition to the usual Japanese suspects including Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-10R, Suzuki’s GSX-R1000, and the Yamaha YZF-R1, its got four flashy euro bikes to battle with.
 
Germany is representing with the BMW S1000RR. Its Austrian neighbor, KTM brought out its RC8R. And the Italians are strongly represented with the Ducati 1198 Superbike and the Aprilia RSV4R. This gives us eight different machines to compare and contrast which is the biggest motorcycle comparison undertaking in our history.
 
In the upcoming weeks we’re going to continue riding the hell out of them in order to find out what they’re like to live with day-to-day. Additionally we’ll be conducting some real world performance tests in order to realize which one of these machines you need in the garage.
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Prashant Kadam -2010 Superbike Smackdown VII May 7, 2010 05:08 AM
This is really irritating, I've been waiting for it since last 6 hrs but still havent got published on your site
edub -Beemer #1 April 25, 2010 12:22 AM
For the road I say RC8R or CBR 1000RR, for the track I will go 1198S or BMW S1000RR with the RSV4 right on their a$$'s Like others have said, reg's and restrictions make it all a bit deceptive but deff. some manufacturers do it better than others right off the showroom floor. It really boils down to which bike fits your personal tastes cause the names above all can be just smoking hot rockets far above anyone's abilities. Team green well better luck with a new model....
TG -Smackdown April 17, 2010 10:35 AM
What alternate reality do all of you live in? The bikes in AMA and FIM racing are so far from showroom they're impossible to compare to something commercially available. Sure, there's superstock vs. superbike, but even the superstock bikes get goodies that negate many of the OEM hindrances. Look at the crossplane R1 - tracked out with Yamaha's race ECU (which eliminates radiator fan and speedometer function) it's great, but otherwise you have a bike that only gives 80% throttle over 11k rpm - a significant loss of performance. Or look at the amazing power and top speed of the RSV4R WSBK - the showroom version has less power than the 80% throttle R1, much less the ZX10 or Beemer. These comparisons are the closest thing most of use enthusiasts get to experience all of the options, and often have a more in-depth comparison that we average riders could take away. Thank you Moto-USA for continuing the tradition, and I look forward to a balanced, no BS comparison. My two questions: how much more power does the S1000RR have, back to back with the competion? And does the top end revvy nature take away from it's street prowess, or is it such a rush at the top end you don't mind having to stay down a gear to have fun?
Jaybond -TC & Power April 17, 2010 06:12 AM
Just realized that the new MV Agusta F4 was not featured.Probably would add a bit more excitement to this comparo, had it been included.But of course, obviously the bike was not marketed yet.
jim jones -m power April 16, 2010 07:07 PM
4-life
Greg -R1 April 16, 2010 04:12 PM
The U.S. model R1 is HEAVILY restricted. The throttle blades close to 80% at 11,200 rpm, the injectors shut off on deceleration, and theres issues with ignition timing all because of noise regulation and the fact that they dont want you to be able to buy something off the showroom floor that does 200mph. Take those federally mandated issues out of the picture and I'm sure it would change everyones impression.
n/a -jump topic about supersport April 16, 2010 03:02 PM
i know this is about the new superbike shootout...but i also curious about when the next supersport shootout going to happen
Steve Atlas -RE: Joe Blow - Who Cares, Really? April 16, 2010 02:45 PM
Hey Joe Blow, maybe you should read a couple MotoUSA comparisons before you comment. The Honda CBR1000RR has won our Superbike Smackdown the last two years running with the SAME bike, even though the R1 and GSX-R were new last year.
Joe Blow -Who Cares, Really? April 16, 2010 12:40 PM
Let me guess. The newest bikes will be labelled the greatest, fastest, most powerful, best handling bikes ever. The staff will be ga-ga. Meanwhile, the bikes with a year or two under their belts - 1000rr, R1, Gixxer - will be slow heavy out-dated pigs (even though last year they were the ones garnering all the superlatives). The same old thing every year. Rinse and repeat. can't you guys do just a little better and not be out and out shills for every new bike that comes down the pike?
Clarky -Spanked April 16, 2010 09:09 AM
It's hard to believe BMW built such a rocket. The Japs need to doe something big to stay in the game. The Kawwie will make a big jump for 2011.
skingraph -silly shoot outs April 16, 2010 08:52 AM
its pointless to say which is best, since that is a statement of opinion. each of us is going to respond to each bike completely different, and find characteristics in each bike that we like that others dont. its better to pit a newer bike against the older rather than against other manufacturers, in a hypothetical situation. i understand there are new models this year. wanna know the best, watch WSBK. last year the r1 was the best(w/ ben spies. lets see who wins this year
Ricky Racer -forget the hype and flashy paint jobs April 16, 2010 08:50 AM
Lets see.....what bike brand is almost always leading and winning AMA, WSBK races, hummm the Gix so flash all you want with your sexy styles im sticking with the real winner.
Jaymz -Yowzah April 16, 2010 08:45 AM
That is a whole lot a sexy on that runway. Love that photo.
cggunnersmate -Potential winner April 16, 2010 08:31 AM
I see the BMW winning this. Base price is a little over $13k and for a little over $16k you can ride out with Dynamic Traction Control with what, 4 settings that actually work, race-ABS, factory quick shifter plus the added security of BMW's smart key tech (not to mention the most powerful motor on a superbike). For the same price as the base RSV4 and it only comes with 3 hp settings and no TC. I'd love for the RSV4 to win (I own an Aprilia Tuono) but the BMW just brings too much to the table at an affordable price. Plus, it all works well in the real world.(WSBK results notwithstanding). I have my heart set on an RSV4 but after getting a close look at the S1000RR and I'm seriously considering it and feel that for the street, it's probably the best bike out there. If only it wasn't so weird looking (hate the pea green, black and white, red & blue schemes aren't too bad though).
KT -Smack Down April 16, 2010 07:52 AM
Let me guess. BMW is ganna be the best thing since sliced bread and Honda will win the street portion again because the new entrants are more track oriented.

BMW the new king. right?
Bob -Why Won't MV Play? April 16, 2010 07:32 AM
You never see MV Augusta participate in anything. Supposedly the new F4 is a seriously improved evolution of the old one.

Nevertheless, it's about time all the Euros are participating at the same time. I'm excited to read all about it.

Now if only Triumph would step up and make a 1050cc Daytona for the US market...
Superlight -Superbikes April 16, 2010 07:06 AM
I disagree... I've seen all the new players in this comparison and the one that really stands out as something new and better is the Aprilia.
MotoFreak -And the winner is.... April 16, 2010 07:04 AM
BMW to win, Honda - easiest to go fast on, Ducati and Aprilia - drool worthy...........I'm skyed for the review!
Ankit -indian Knight April 16, 2010 05:16 AM
BMw S1000RR by a fair margin, followd by aprilia
Jaybond -BMW April 16, 2010 12:54 AM
I think the BMW S1000RR has stung (or shocked?) the Japanese and even Italian Superbike establishment this time.The Superstock class races in Europe (FIM & BSB), had shown that the BMW S1000RR is the bike to beat. Which makes me wonder if the next new ZX-10R & CBR 1000RR will respond to this...