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2012 Superbike Shootout

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2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Street
…shake up the class of 2012. Last year the 1198 didn’t fare well on the street test, but we expect that the same won’t happen this time around. Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 has been one of the most successful superbikes on and off the racetrack. It finished well in our 2011 shootout despite being unchanged…
2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Track
…Watch the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison Track Video to find out. Look at the Suzuki’s liter-bike in action in modified form from Thunderhill Raceway in the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Track Comparison Video . The KTM RC8R aims to be the best in this year’s Superbike Shootout. Watch the 2012 KTM RC8R Track…
2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Street Comparison
…wasn’t even a 2010 model to be had in the U.S. market. For 2012 Suzuki finally gave some attention to its literbike. The new GSX-R is not a total redesign but a few changes were made to increase the performance of the venerable superbike. An always solid performer on the street and track, not much…
2012 Hypersport Motorcycle Shootout
…challengers. Watch the 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa Comparison Video and see how it performs. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R gets some important upgrades for ’12. Will it be enough to take top honors in the class? Watch the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Comparison Video. The BMW S1000RR, a two-time Superbike Smackdown winner…
2013 Supersport Shootout X Street
…Supersport Track Shootout . Now it’s my turn to deliver the Street evaluation. SUPERSPORT REVIVAL? After a decade of Supersport Shootouts, we’ve witnessed the class boom and bust. Annual motorcycle sales in the US market have more than halved since 2008 (from 1,087,000 to 452,000 in 2012). More than half…
Best Sportbike 2012: BMW S1000RR
…from the European motorsport powerhouse. Although it didn’t walk away with the win in stock form, in the modified version of this year’s 2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Track shootout—it was certainly close. On the street, however, it was another story, with it once again handily beating the competition…
2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Street Comparison
…mistaking the howl of a late model R1. For 2012, the R1 gets a subtle, almost unnoticeable styling update, but as the say goes, ""the Devil is in the details."" The big news is the addition of traction control. Will a TC system on the Tuning Fork Superbike up its game on the street? Throw a leg over…
Kawasaki ZX-10R Traction Control Comparison
" MotoUSA investigates traction control and learns how each top manufacturers system performs in this 2012 Superbike Traction Control Comparison Video . Rather than copy another manufacturer’s traction-control blueprint, Kawasaki has chosen to invent its own solution. Dubbed Sport-Kawasaki Traction…
2012 Superbike Smackdown IX Track Conclusion
…have to worry about it getting away from me under acceleration. Chris Siglin (31-years-old) – 5'7"", 145 pounds – Kawasaki (racing) The 2012 line of Superbikes is great this year. Every single bike in the test had interesting qualities which makes picking one to race difficult. I think the bike that…
2012 Middleweight Sportbike Shootout
…logistics of its world press event detailed in the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R First Ride we weren’t able to get a test bike in time. 2012 Middleweight Sportbike Shootout dyno charts. For the test we racked up miles on odometers during the eight-to-five work week to evaluate what they were like to ride…
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