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.

Track Test: Harley Davidson VR1000

This is definitely not your average Harley-Davidson, or even one that shares any parts with the usual Milwaukee iron. The VR1000 is a V-twin, it's made in America, but there the resemblance ends.

Honda Lite: 1996 CBR900RR Riding Impression

Honda made a big deal of "Optimized Mass Centralization" four years ago, when the CBR nine was first rolled out. Translated, the jargon means if the weight is in the center of the bike, it handles better.

1996 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

Ten years ago, at the birth of hypersports bikes in the middle '80s, Yamaha contributed to the new wave with the FZR1000 -- and for five years they ruled the roost of ultimate sports machinery.

Long-Term Evaluation: Triumph Sprint 900

Terribly distressed, a young lady begins to bellow something through the door of a bar I was sitting in: "There's been a big motorcycle wreck out here!"

OVER Racing Project

It seems a little unfair to describe the Over Racing Project company as a Japanese version of Bimota, but it fits.

First Ride: Suzuki RF600

Suzuki's entry in the hot-selling 600cc sportbike class - the RF600 - is a decidedly average bike, one that it will probably emerge as a salesroom winner.

First Ride: 1995 Suzuki GSXR1100

Suddenly, it's 1994. And the GSXR lineup is pushing around a hundred or so pounds of extra pork that was nowhere to be found on the featherweight originals, and Suzuki is getting stomped in Superbike and unlimited-class racing the world over.

Road Test: 1995 Kawasaki GPz1100

By resurrecting the GPz name, Kawasaki hopes to lure those buyers who long for the glory days of yore when the motorcycle industry was in its hey-day, and horsepower was king.

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt

Needless to say, the S2 was an instant sales success. It was also one of the first ever test bikes to reside in the Motorcycle Online garage.

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