MotoUSA takes the latest Superbikes and put’s them to the test in our annual Superbike Smackdown. Check out the 2010 Aprilia RSV4R in the 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Track.
- Superbike Smackdown IX Horsepower Comparison Chart
- Superbike Smackdown IX Torque Comparison Chart
- The BMW didn’t offer the sharpest steering—it was predicable however and felt traditional compared to the other European machines.
- Mid-pack scores in many of the handling categories held the BMW back from a better result.
- The BMW’s rocket of an engine helped it achieve the highest top speeds down Thunderhill’s two straightaways.
- All of our testers agreed that the BMW has the best front brakes in terms of feel.
- The BMW feels like a hybrid cross between the CBR1000RR and Suzuki GSX-R1000 in handling and ergonomic fit.
- Without the benefit of a lightweight racing exhaust the BMW was one of the heavier bikes in the test.
- The BMW is easy to hop on and ride but with 175 horsepower at the back tire it can be challenging to ride at an extreme pace.
- The BMW tied the Yamaha for the highest average braking G forces.
- The S1000RR logged high acceleration force numbers proving how effective it is at the racetrack.
- Even stock the BMW proved to be the bike with the most outright horsepower.
- BMW S1000RR instrument display.
- Curiously, BMW left its bike completely stock for the racetrack portion of our test.