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2011 Supersport Shootout Street Conclusion

Monday, May 23, 2011

Adam Waheed – 6’0”, 175 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750

Although it doesnt directly compare with the 600s  the Suzuki GSX-R750 is without question the ultimate sportbike in this test.
The Suzuki GSX-R750 has a lot of engine character for an Inline-Four delivering a thrilling growl during hard acceleration.
A electronic quick-shifter is standard equipment for 11 and reduces the time it takes to upshift which equates to faster acceleration.
Without question I'd buy the GSX-R750. I've owned a couple of them already and I absolutely love this bike, as it offers the near perfect blend of power versus weight. Over the years Suzuki has steadily refined it and avoided making any crazy changes which I actually like. Even today's Gixxer feels a bit similar to the ones I used to ride ten years ago and I like that. When I'm riding it everything just feels 'right' which in turn gives me the confidence to ride it like a maniac. This bike is awesome. It does killer stand-up wheelies, it's easy to endo and oh my god the slipper clutch in it works awesome for sideways slide antics coming into the corners. I also love that its motor actually has some character. When you pin the throttle the roar from the airbox makes it even more fun to ride and it only gets better the higher you rev it. And now that it only costs $400 more than the Gixxer 6, its one of the best values in the sportbike world.

Bart Madson – 6’1”, 205 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R

My mind says GSX-R600 all the way. It’s the most comfortable, both in physical terms and psychologically. Riding the Gixxer Six was just easy and fun, effortless. The problem is, I know my mind and that 750 would be too hard to resist. Only $400 bucks more for a bike that seems to cut the perfect blend between the brutish Superbikes and high-revving Supersports. How can you resist? I’ll tell you how: you ride the Triumph Daytona 675R!

As great as the GSX-R is, it feels 90% exactly like the other 600s. The Triumph doesn’t. It’s a bit bawdy and rough around the edges. The seat sucks, true enough, but my heart forgives such imperfections when I hear that Triple’s distinctive pipes. Plus, if I’m anywhere near a curve my butt should be hanging off the seat. Great suspension and brakes, playful engine... Yeah, the Triumph would easily bowl over my more sensible tendencies.

Ray Gauger – 6’5”, 180 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R
As a 6 1/2 foot tall novice rider with little interest in all-out performance, I would never buy a 600cc sport machine. But if I had a gun to my head, I'd go for the Daytona 675R. You get a lot of bike for 12 grand, not to mention the style and character missing from the Japanese machines. The Ducati is definitely a looker, but I can't justify dropping another thousand bucks just for a matte black paint-job and a sore back.

Joseph Agustin – 5’11”, 165 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R

If I were to purchase any of these bikes, I would have to choose the Triumph. I think it has superb power and handling, and even better curb appeal. To me, it stands out a little bit more than the rest, even if it wasn’t the smoothest ride. I would buy it and make the dealer toss in a free aftermarket seat.

Brian Steeves – 5’9”, 165 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750

First off let me fill you in with what I personally look for and value high in a strictly 'Street' shootout/test: Reliability, fit and finish i.e. bolts stay tight, wear parts last long, etc., comfort, and looks. Let's be honest, in this day and age all manufacturers have dialed in their respective machines to a level that is so high, you could draw straws and end up with what we here classify as 'last place' and it still be an all-around great motorcycle. One that will happily make a home in your garage for years and years to come. With that said, I welcomed into my bed this year the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750.

The Gixxer 750 is the perfect mix of light weight and strength. It's the perfect fighter. Speed, movement, stiff chin and knock-out power that can go the distance. A little more power goes a long way in the sportbike world. A five horsepower addition is enough for anyone to feel and add to the grin on our face when twisting the throttle. So tack on a whopping 20-25 horsepower and you've gone from a middle America '6' holding your hand, to a Vegas '9' that is so hot, jaws are hitting the ground up and down the entire Strip... Oh Gixxer 750, I miss you so.

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timberdude   May 27, 2011 03:53 PM
Well, yeah. It's a fricking GSX-R750. It weighs about the same as a 600, it's got a shitload more power and it's totally rider-friendly. I own a 2007 and if I have one gripe it's the brakes. Not enough bite or power. I assume that's been fixed.

But, what is at least as impressive as the power is the fact that this bike has the most comfortable seat and riding position of any of these bikes by miles.

The GSX-R750 was, is and always will be the king of supersports on the road.
DucatiSteve   May 25, 2011 04:05 PM
What a GREAT roadtest! Your writing describes the personality of the bikes besides just the raw performance numbers. Gentleman thanks for the fine job to all involved.
GhostRider11   May 25, 2011 05:16 AM
Another good read and 1 good way to be sure if all the rider opinions etc are accurate... ride the bike(s) that are featured for yourself! So, I am a 17 year Honda man and I rode many different bikes before but never purchased anything other than a Honda! That being said, I recently purchased an 2011 848 Evo all murdered-out too for fun since I already have a couple of CBR1000RRs in my stable! The Evo is the complete opposite of the Hondas. The Evo wasn't made to 'Tour' around town all day or leisure rides unless your body-type fits the Evo's ergos. The beast is made for carving up whether it be the track or your local twisties. It comes to life above 5k rpms and then you start to have fun. I, personally, don't use my rear brakes that much and I mainly trail brake through corners. But the Brakes are great! The prices of sportbikes these days are crazy compared to 10-15 years ago! In most cases, prices have doubled which brings me to my EVO choice. I understood what I was getting myself into for 1-2 grand more and you know what... why not!? The Ducati may not be as comfortable as the Big 4 but the styling and exotic appeal is above all! Honda needs to bring on their V4s with the styling/exotic appeal of the Ducati and they will sell more bike than ever before! Meanwhile, eagerly awaiting the track comparison of the Evo and the G750...
adam   May 24, 2011 02:26 PM
A few things need to be ccleared up because you said in 2009 shootout about the ZX6R : It has the size of the ZX-10 and me being 6'5" means every bit helps,” Kennedy comments. “Immediately it put me in a good place just sitting on the bike. On the street, the bikes which riders like and dislike quickly become apparent. Usually this is noticed by how quickly riders try to snatch up the keys when leaving a rest-stop or gas station. The Kawasaki and Honda keys were always gone first... Now how come that now the ergonomics on the 2011 ZX6R is bad ? It is the same bike as it was in 2009 so I wonder if it was good than why is it bad now ?
guambra2001   May 24, 2011 12:19 PM
Great shootout guys! You are by far the best and most technical motorcycle website on the net. I was wondering if you guys are going to do a "standard/naked" shootout any time soon. There are some strong contenders for this year: Triumph speed triple, Aprilia tuono V4R, CB1000R, Z1000, MV Agusta Brutale, Ducati Streetfighter. Just keep up the great work you guys do...
stefaandb   May 24, 2011 05:20 AM
first of all, serious props for getting al these bikes together. And at last, AT LAST you guys included the gixxer 750!! as you say, it really is a force to be reckoned with, and i'm sure that in the proper hands, it would even fare well in the liter class. keep up the fantastic work guys! P.S.: I hope you realize you guys have the best job EVER!!
RENDELL   May 23, 2011 08:45 PM
This is the most thorough and complete Supersport Shootout I have ever read. This is the first time I have had "FUN" reading a shootout. I'm a Honda man but I think I'm about to be a GSXR 750 man real soon.
Maxx   May 23, 2011 07:03 PM
Great Job!
screamer69   May 23, 2011 06:35 PM
I like small bikes, but i would want more HP and torque than a 600...it would be a tough chice between the Suzuki 750 and Ducati 848...i would lean towards the Suzuki, but then again, can't help thinking the extra torque of the Duc would make a better street bike...
jng1226   May 23, 2011 02:05 PM
Congrats again on the first published Supersport Shootout. I really am addicted to your site so you guys are great at your jobs! Question for Waheed - regarding your comments on the GSX-R 750: "oh my god the slipper clutch in it works awesome for sideways slide antics coming into the corners", how does the slipper clutch help the tail slide out going into corners? I always thought that slipper clutches were designed to reduce the back-torque to prevent locking up the rear wheel when aggressively down-shifting into a corner, thus keep the tail in-line instead of wagging like you describe. Please elaborate. Thanks!