7. Justification #2: EFI


Now that all the guys who were power-crazed 10 years ago are moving on to “adventure bikes,” it’s time to replace your old high-maintenance moto with something you can tell your loved ones will allow you to spend more quality time with them. Whether you enjoy playing with carburetors or not, all the major manufacturers began phasing in electronic fuel injection about 15 years ago, basically negating the need for expensive, finicky tune-ups or for you to spend time crawling on a dank garage floor looking for tiny brass carburetor parts.

The CBR929RR, descendant of the 900RR, introduced EFI to the line in 2000, and remains a great bike. The ubiquitous GSX-R1000 Suzuki had EFI from its inception in 2001, the same year Yamaha updated the R1 with fuel injection. The ZX-10R Kawasaki made its 2004 entrance with EFI. You’re not going to get traction control or ABS in this era, but you’re also not going to go into debt, carry insurance other than liability, or be reluctant to ride the occasional track day.

  • Funguy

    Please, could you please put the top-10 content-stretcher articles on a single page?

    Thank you.

    • Ser Samsquamsh

      Is helping you favorite motorbike site milk some revenue off telemetry driven marketing hacks, at zero cost to yourself, such an inconvenience?

      John Burns, with both ambidextrous prose AND impeccable taste in motosicles [sic], can not be cheap.

  • JMDonald

    Damn those guys at SuperBike. Objectifying women. WTFO. It took me twenty minutes to get to the next bike. I hope you’re happy.

    • We don’t really even like that particular bike 🙂

  • curly

    Good article, good choices.
    I think I counted 7or 8 bikes, not counting the H2. Owned 4 or 5 of them.
    Vfr- well, no, rc30?
    1998 R1/several early R6’s

    H2’s command big money from collectors (in Japan), but H1’s are better bikes, and cost a lot less- get a 74 model and spend a little on a John Aylor reed kit, a set of good shocks and a front brake upgrade- go smokin!

    I would substitute 996 for 998(budget bike that hauls). 999’s may not have that look, but they are better bikes, and a bargain, IMHO

    Delete Either the aprilia or rc51, add 929 or 954

    And I would comment that if you could find a mint early R1, you’d be making a rare find. 98’s are all gone, and I would not chop one up to make a “street fighter”

    a Suzuki on the list? 2005 gs xr anything, 30 year anniversary color
    scheme bikes are nice, getting cheap, and of course they haul ass

    Where’s the Kaws? – ever ride a 05-06 636? Or a 04-05 zx10? Insane

    Zx12s aren’t well thought of , but see above

  • fastfreddie

    Personally would list 996 over the 998 as they are very similar and 996 could be got for less money.Also dissagree with your assessment of the VFR 800.Found it bland,but that was comming from a 929 blade,so may have influenced me negatively…