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2015 Superbike Smackdown X on the Street

After battling at the racetrack, Superbike Smackdown X moves to the street to see how the same six Superbikes perform on the open road.

2014 Suzuki GSX-R750 Street Comparison

2014 Suzuki GSX-R750 Street Comparison

Suzuki gets another crack at the competition from Europe, this time on the road, with its proven and well-refined GSX-R750.

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MotoUSA 2015 Sport Motorcycle Tire Shootout
2015 Sport Motorcycle Tire Shootout

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Arai Defiant Chopper Helmet/Pro Shade Review
Arai Defiant Chopper Helmet/Pro Shade Review

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Superbikes

2012 BMW S1000RR2012 Honda CBR1000RR

Superbikes are the pinnacle of high-performance sportbike motorcycles. Superbikes are often referred to as literbikes, or liter-class sportbikes, referring to their large-displacement 1000cc and higher engines. The apogee of production roadracing, most manufacturers deliver full-factory support of their flagship superbikes in the world’s roadracing series – the most notable being the Superbike World Championship (SBK) and various national level series like American Superbike and British Superbike.

The Big Four Japanese OEMs have long dominated the Superbike

2012 Kawasaki ZX-10R2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000

class, with Inline-Fours like the Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. Ducati superbikes, like the 999, 1098 and current 1198, hold their own with the Big Four thanks to the torquey Twin powerplant and its current 200cc handicap. Past Japanese models have also embraced the Twin, most notable modern superbike being the Honda RC-51.

Other European superbike models include European Twins

2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

like the Aprilia RSV1000RR and KTM’s first production superbike – the KTM RC8. Aprilia also produces a four-cylinder superbike with its V-Four-powered RSV4. Another European four-cylinder is the BMW S1000RR, and Inline-Four and the first true superbike racer produced by the Bavarian marque. The American-made Buell 1125R is the first liquid-cooled Buell and features a Rotax Twin powerplant.

Defined by racing success, the win on Sunday sell on Monday philosophy is at definitely at work in the superbike class. As such,

2012 KTM RC8R2012 Yamaha YZF-R1

superbikes are often a showcase for developing motorcycle technology and racers often drive off-track marketing and brand ID. Just look at Mat Mladin’s decade-long domination of AMA Superbike aboard the Suzuki GSX-R1000, Troy Bayliss’s three titles with Ducati Superbikes, or the incomparable Valentino Rossi, whose MotoGP star power is used to hawk the Yamaha R1.

Motorcycle USA gathers the superbike class together annually to test on street and track. The result is our most popular test of the year, the Superbike Smackdown. Stay tuned for Smackdown VI, as the best keep getting better in the high-performance superbike class.

Superbike Smackdowns
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Superbike Smackdown Results

2012 – BMW S1000RR
2011 – BMW S1000RR
2010 – BMW S1000RR
2009 – Honda CBR1000RR
2008 – Honda CBR1000RR
2007 – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2006 – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2005 – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2004 – Kawasaki ZX-10R

World Superbike Champions

2011 – Carlos Checa – Ducati 1098R
2010 – Max Biaggi – Aprillia RSV4
2009 – Ben Spies – Yamaha YZF-R1
2008 – Troy Bayliss – Ducati 1098R
2007 – James Toseland – Honda CBR1000RR
2006 – Troy Bayliss – Ducati 999R
2005 – Troy Corser – Suzuki GSXR1000
2004 - James Toseland – Ducati 999R
2003 – Neil Hodgson – Ducati 999R
2002 – Colin Edwards – Honda VTR 1000
2001 – Troy Bayliss – Ducati 996R

AMA Superbike Champions

2011 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha YZF-R1
2010 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha YZF-R1
2009 – Mat Mladin – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2008 – Ben Spies – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2007 – Ben Spies – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2006 – Ben Spies – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2005 – Mat Mladin – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2004 – Mat Mladin – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2003 – Mat Mladin – Suzuki GSX-R1000
2002 – Nicky Hayden – Honda RC51
2001 – Mat Mladin – Suzuki GSX-R750

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