In the beginning, there was the Honda VF750F Interceptor, and it was good. Then came the original GSX-R750 of 1986, and suddenly it was off to the races. Flyin’ Fred Merkel won the first World Superbike championship on a 750cc Honda RC30 in 1988. Kawasaki eventually showed up with its ZX-7R (and ZX-7RR with aluminum [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
Photographer : Doug Milner
Sheer insanity, that’s what it was. I mean, how else would you describe riding a powerful sportbike flat-out all day and all night with wild boars wandering in your path, rear tires slinging off chunks of tread rubber, holy s**t tank-slappers trying to pitch you off at close to 150 mph and sweating away 10 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : David Edwards, Island Photographic, Don Morley
Twenty-five years ago, Team Cycle World put me in the saddle of a new Suzuki GSX-R750 to compete in the annual Isle of Man TT (“Tourist Trophy”) races. It took a huge amount of effort on the part of many people before, during and after the races, and it cost a lot of money. I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Yoshimura Press release: Yoshimura has been a leader among the road racing community since the inception of our sport. Whether it is the BSA’s and Triumph’s Pops grew famous for tuning in 1950′s Japan, or the technological marvels that own the track today, race winning motorcycles have been synonymous with Yoshimura for decades. Now, for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The MotoGP-inspired, racetrack-ready GP1-R ($1099) is constructed of thin-wall 304 stainless steel for a weight savings of as much as 10 pounds compared to original-equipment sportbike exhaust systems, claims Jardine. What’s more, this high-flow, under-engine design is said to deliver noticeable power and torque gains throughout the rpm range and lower the center of gravity [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Entering a fourth season as the exclusive tire provider of MotoGP, Bridgestone has certainly elevated the performance image of its consumer products. The marketing surrounding the Hyper Sport S20—the latest addition to its Battlax family of sport-focused street radials—implies the inclusion of MotoGP technology, but I found little traction when prodding for specific examples while [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A 749cc inline-Four, an 849cc 90-degree V-Twin and a 675cc inline-Triple: One wag described this comparison as the “apples and oranges shootout.” But the Ducati goes slightly downmarket for the Italian company with its $12,995 848 EVO in matte-black “dark stealth” trim, while running with the Triumph Daytona 675 and 600cc Fours in the AMA’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Big Mids: Ducati 848 EVO vs. Suzuki GSX-R750 vs. Triumph Daytona 675R – Video Take a Triple, a Twin and a Four of different displacements and throw them on a track for a battle royal? That’s exactly what Cycle World did.
2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 – Video Road Test Editor Don Canet rides the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama.
I honestly don’t see Suzuki selling many of its all-new GSX-R600 sportbikes here in America this year. I don’t say this because I found any damning fault with the race-bred 599cc supersport’s engine or chassis performance while hot lapping the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. Or even because of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)