2017 Superbike Track Shootout

The 1190RX delivers impressive power figures from the biggest engine in this test. (Oddly, the EBR has an abnormally long throttle sweep that requires far more rotation to reach its stop.) Kawasaki and Yamaha are fighting one another for worst midrange torque curve, while the GSX-R’s variable-valve-timing system shows its powerband-broadening abilities. The CBR has a remarkably effective zone from 7000-10,000 rpm. Considering the BMW’s amazing pull up top, it’s incredible that it’s not really lacking at any part of its rev range.