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2009 World Superbike Comparison

Monday, November 30, 2009
Exiting the final fourth-gear, 120-mph corner at the Algarve circuit in Portimao, Portugal – strapped to a 200-plus-horsepower Yamaha YZF-R1 World Superbike, bars twitching and snapping, the rear tire spinning and bucking, all while climbing up the completely blind and massive front straightaway – two things suddenly become crystal clear: Ben Spies’ championship-winning SBK isn’t for sissies, and it just plain doesn’t get any better than that! This truly is Livin’ the Dream…
Static shot of Troy Corsers S1000RR BMW World SuperbikeXerox Ducati World SuperbikeMax Biaggis Aprilia RSV41000RR World Superbike
(From left) BMW S1000RR, Xerox Ducati 1098 F09 and Aprilia RSV4. One German and two Italians ready to go.

The rear swingarm is designed by engineers to be about 25  stiffer than stock to give the Spies a firm feel at the rear of the Yamaha.
Ben Spies' Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1.
But before we dive into the details of the Sterilgarda R1 Superbike, let’s back up a few steps…to the beginning. You might be wondering why I am lucky enough to be halfway around the world at one of the top racetracks on the planet riding such an utterly priceless machine. Well, the long and short of it is Infront Sports is bloody mad – and thank goodness! To break it down, they are the rights holder and organizers of World Superbike and have set up an annual test for a select few journalists (less than 20 worldwide) to ride not one, but all seven of the factory World Superbikes the Monday following the final round of the championship. And, you guessed it, MotoUSA was invited. To say I jumped on that invite quickly would be the understatement of the century – my RSVP was telepathically emailed back before I even received the email.
Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 World SuperbikePaul Bird Kawasaki ZX10R World SuperbikeTen Kate Honda CBR1000RR World Superbike
Dark Dog Suzuki GSX-R1000, Paul Bird Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-10R, Hannspree Honda CBR1000RR; We ride them all...

Protocol for the test was to get 15 minutes on each bike, with a 20-minute break between machines. Quick turnaround was the name of the game as we had seven bikes to ride in one day. Complicating things slightly was the fact I had never so much as turned a lap around the track on anything but a scooter. Some serious time was spent playing Xbox and studying on-board laps on YouTube … and, surprisingly, I was up to speed in no time. Amazingly, the video game really did help – a lot!

Anyhow, enough BS, time for the good stuff: Here’s our take on the seven factory bikes which made up the 2009 World Superbike grid, compiled in the order in which we rode them.

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2009 World Superbike Comparison
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Chris -Best  December 6, 2009 12:28 PM
Best Superbike review I've ever aid eyes on. Thanks for the great read and keep 'em coming!
vivek -you have one of the best jobs in the world!  December 1, 2009 09:32 PM
awesome writeup!!