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.

2009 Aprilia RSV4 Factory Review

It doesn't take long to realize that the Aprilia RSV4 Factory sportbike needs to be ridden very fast to get the best out of it. The 999.6cc V4 engine is brutally powerful and the delivery of those 180 horsepower happens at a blisteringly fast pace.

2009 Ducati Streetfighter Review

Unlike nearly every naked bike we can think of, Ducati has created a stripped-down, super-sporting roadster without excuses – no tuning for torque, and no dumbed-down suspension.

2009 BMW K1300S Review

BMW’s largest engine and fastest production bike gets a thorough once-over in the heavily updated 2009 K1300S. It’s a lustful proposition if you like fast sport-touring motorcycles capable of inhaling vast distances in voracious gulps.

2009 Honda DN-01 Review

If the variety of motorcycles at Daytona’s Bike Week could be distilled into one machine, one could make a case that the Honda DN-01 would be the result.

2009 Supersport Racetrack Shootout

You’ve read our 2009 Supersport street shootout. Now see how these 600cc sportbikes compare on the race track. We head to the Streets of Willow circuit to test the Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R, Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Yamaha ZYF-R6.

2009 Supersport Shootout

The Supersport class is a never-ending tussle of one-upsmanship among the Japanese manufacturers. Can the new Ninja upset the class pecking order? Also, why did two bikes lose power?

2009 Yamaha FZ6R Review

Wanna fit in at the burger barn but don’t have the bank account to support the high cost of a pure supersport? You just might be interested in the retooled and freshly faired version of the existing FZ6 – the all-new Yamaha FZ6R.

2009 Honda CBR600RR C-ABS Review

Honda’s CBR600RR is consecutive 5-time AMA Formula Xtreme and 6-time World Supersport champ. Sounds like the perfect supersport bike. Perhaps it will be even better with the first electronically-controlled combined ABS system for a sportbike.

2009 Yamaha R1 Review

Yamaha’s new YZF-R1 provides literbike performance in a package that benefits not only racers, but also lesser-skilled street pilots. Yamaha has upped the ante in delivering mega performance in a package that will benefit sportbike riders of all types.

2009 BMW S1000RR – A Closer Look

The newly unveiled S1000RR from BMW is perhaps the most highly anticipated sportbike of 2009. Motorcycle.com recently had the opportunity to sit down with the VP of BMW Motorrad USA, Pieter de Waal, unleashing a barrage of questions about the literbike.

2009 Triumph Daytona 675 First Ride

The Triumph Daytona 675 is still as narrow and nimble as it always was, but the ‘09 gets the first update since the launch back in 2006. Changes for this supersport include a redesigned front end as well as a small increase in horsepower and torque.

2009 Ducati 1198S Review

The 2009 Ducati 1198S is the next step toward affordable superbike super machinery. With heaps of power and torque, the 1198 has the refinement and technology that make Ducatis so desirable.

2009 Ducati 1198 and 1198S Preview

Ducati officially announced the introduction of the 1198 and 1198S at EICMA only two short weeks ago. Now we take a look at what have been scarcely-published details about this new Super Duc.

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