Sportbike Reviews

Sportbikes offer the most advanced motorcycle design technology available and are designed for optimum speed, acceleration, braking and maneuverability. They have a more aerodynamic design than other classes of bikes and are a thrill to ride for experienced motorcyclists, especially in high-performance situations such as a trackday down at your local racetrack. However, comfort and amenities usually suffer at an inverse proportion to how quick they are around a racetrack.

2012 KTM Street Model Lineup Preview

Taking the “Ready To Race” motto to heart, 2012 sees six street models in the KTM lineup, headlined by a heavily revised RC8 R sportbike.

2012 Yamaha YZF-R15 Review

Small-displacement sportbikes are getting more attention as the world economy continues to struggle. The 150cc, Yamaha YZF-R15 was the first sportbike produced in India back in 2008, and the fuel-injected model now receives a host of upgrades.

2012 BMW S1000RR Review [Video]

Our biggest surprise at the launch of the 2012 BMW S1000RR was the boundless enthusiasm each engineer showed in regard to sportbikes. The class-dominating S1000RR is now even more potent and usable for 2012.

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Review [Video]

To save the suspense, I'll say it up front: Yamaha's new traction control system on the 2012 YZF-R1 works exactly as advertised. The rest of the 2012 Yamaha R1 is largely the same sportbike we've had since 2009.

2012 BMW S1000RR Preview

BMW has taken the wraps of its revision of the class-dominating S1000RR. The RR’s weight and the engine power is unchanged, but BMW engineers have developed a host of updates to make our class champion even more potent and usable for 2012.

2012 NCR M4 Preview

The recently announced NCR M4 is devoid of bodywork, powered by a two-valve, air-cooled Twin, weighs less than a MotoGP bike and produces a better power-to-weight ratio than a Ducati 1198 SP.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Preview

Kawasaki's ZX-14R has been given a head-to-toe going over for 2012. Although the land rocket retains a familiar look while gaining the R designation, below the surface the biggest of the Ninjas received its most comprehensive revision since its debut.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Preview

We’re still a few months away from 2012, but Ducati looks to be taking hold of the title for most anticipated new bike of the year with the successor to the 1198, the company’s flagship superbike – the 1199 Panigale.

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Preview

Honda’s CBR1000RR has long been a favorite around the MO offices, especially since the 2008 version tested here. Nearly as light as a 600 but with liter-class-leading midrange power, the big double-R vaulted to the top of its class.

2012 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Model Preview

As the 2012 model year arrives and the economy is struggling to pick itself up, Yamaha and its cruiser line, Star Motorcycles, is erring on the side of caution with next year’s street lineup.

2011 Aprilia RS4 125 Review

The all-new Aprilia RS4 is Aprilia’s first step away from the 2-strokes that made them famous. The RS125 2-stroke will still be sold (in Europe), but the emergence of this new 4-stroke 125 shows Aprilia’s direction for the future.

2012 Harley-Davidson 10th Anniversary Edition V-Rod Review

It’s been 10 years since the tradition-busting V-Rod first rolled into the Harley-Davidson lineup. To mark the notable birthday Harley has created a 10th Anniversary Edition V-Rod as part of the company’s 2012 model lineup.

Motorcycle.com Best of 2011 Awards

The motorcycles that have made their way to dealerships in the last 12 months have been category-crushing and stunningly well developed. After riding everything this year, here’s our selections of the best motorcycles of 2011.

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