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 Ducati 1199 Panigale Review - Video

When a motorcycle company starts with a clean-sheet design, there are so many ways to go wrong. Often it’s best to wait for Version 2.0. But Ducati has knocked one out of the park with its sensational new 1199 Panigale.

2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review - Video

Suzuki has given its GSX-R1000 sportbike some notable tweaks for 2012, including improvements to the engine’s low-end power and some new Brembo brakes. We had a chance to test it out at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.

Top 10 Hottest Bikes of 2012

Recession be damned, 2012 looks to be one of the most highly anticipated years in the motorcycle industry in years. From the looks of things it would appear as though the bottom of the economic turmoil is behind us.

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Review [Video]

While not ground breaking or Earth shattering as far as new model updates go, the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR features a combined package of revised fueling and upgraded suspension to enhance what was already a great all-around literbike.

2012 KTM RC8 R and RC8 R Race Spec Review: First Ride

We recently had a chance to spend a day on KTM’s RC8 R and RC8 R Race Spec sportbikes, which provided a good opportunity to compare the differences between the two. The Race Spec is loaded with go-fast parts and enjoys a 31-pound weight advantage.

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Review [Video]

It’s neither easy nor politically correct to build the most powerful streetbike ever offered to the public for mass consumption, but that’s what Kawasaki has done with the incredibly potent new ZX-14R.

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.

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