10 Greatest Moments In Sportbike History Super Streetbike

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1- Sweet 750

Yeah, we it looks like some of quaint classic racer. But a ago, this bike was as as the Millennium Falcon. It went it too, at least in comparison the rest of the “sportbike” options out

Suzuki claimed over 100 at the wheel, but the horses weren’t as in the 1980s as they are these (nobody really had dynos the factories back then, so who was

The 1986 GSX-R750 was darned (under 400 pounds) and had some running gear: aluminum ten-piston brake setup and suspension. It got us started down the superbike road as it became a in its own time.

2- Tread Softly

all the best ideas, this one is obvious and very simple. tires are sticky, but the centers out too fast for general street making them all square and horrible. The solution? Make the of the tread out of harder rubber and the edges nice and soft.

way, when you’re on the freeway and don’t need cornering grip, you’re on tough-wearing rubber. Lean into a bend and you get soft, rubber—perfect.

Of course, it was a nightmare to get right. was the first to come out with the on its Battlax range, which back to the BT50 on the original CBR900RR. But it was the BT56 in 1997 really brought the tech.

you can get up to five different layers of in a Bridgestone tire, giving more grip and mileage.

Mr. Daytona **

It’s a little-known that the US is actually the king of Superbike racing. Yep, Old has waved over no fewer nine championship ceremonies a spectacular six champions. This the Old World into a cocked even though England is on the list with seven and three champs.

Nevertheless, like Fred Merkel, Polen and Colin Edwards shown the Euros what’s on a variety of machinery. But it’s Russell who was the stuff of true mythology. He’d nursed his Ninja ZX-7RR to an incident-riddled WSB championship, which remains the Kawasaki title. But it was his 1995 win at the Daytona 200 that really his reputation.

Fast-but-dull Brit Carl was at the beginning of his golden four-title WSB run on the 916. Many observers put down to the built-in benefit the (Italian-run) WSB series handed to the Ducati and its near-liter capacity.

But told Russell about the and he put the Ninja on the top step of the podium. crashing the Muzzy bike on the lap he picked it up and beat the outspoken to the finish line.

4- Wide As You

Sometimes, the school kid inside you is Loud pipes rule. paint jobs rock. And as for tires well, they be wide, wide, wide.

mind the handling, nothing “bad boy” quite a super-wide back tire.

The has pretty much stopped at the on most sportbikes, with the excursion into 200 territory Thank the lord then for the at Roaring Toyz who pioneered the 300 and even 330mm-wide rear that have made so sweet customs look bad-assed.

Sure, chromed out bikes with swingarm have been around the prefix “sport” was added to but it wasn’t until the early that tuning shops to beef up the backs. The trend in “cornerless” Florida and has become as as a Harley rider smoking a

5- Different Strokes

Yes, we 500cc two-… MotoGP too, but their days always numbered due to pollution, and sounded like a broken with the throttle stuck. the four-… engines that them in 2002 were by firms in their prime who had to burn. Honda came out a V-5 while Suzuki made a and they both had pneumatic and crazy-assed technology all over.

nearly doubled to 990cc, and outputs hit 225 horsepower almost away. Open pipes and RPM redlines made for an incredible spectacle and gave us some racing.

6- Block Starz

used to be two images of American To most of the world, we were fat, bearded Harley or chiseled, humorless Californian munching on granola before their canyon runs.

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the Ruff Ryders Anthem and FTP videos both came out a few months of each other in and the world saw something new. stunting had been going on in the for a while, but these two films put freeway wheelies and cop baiting in the mainstream’s face. These still makes us chuckle in even now…

7- Japanese Twins

They’ve them now, but for a big chunk of the 1990s it seemed like was set to follow Ducati down the road. First Honda, Suzuki built supersport with two aims: first up was to street riders the option of sleek superbikes without the and reliability worries of the Ducati. was to snatch the various Superbike trophies from the liter-Mafia ruled the roost.

The VTR1000 in some markets) and TL1000S cool bikes, although were never capable of WSB The Honda evolved into the that propelled Colin to his two WSB titles, and while the Suzuki never made the Superbike its motor did garner one win, in the Bimota SB8R and piloted by Australian rider Anthony

The Japanese soon learned how to liter fours handle and like the twins though, and the of the big lumps were done. love to see a return though—imagine how a 1200cc WSB-ready Suzuki would feel right

8- 200 MPH in 7-Seconds

To your dumb buddy at work, hitting 200 MPH on fancy-… motor sickle be easy, but the sheer power and requirements of the double-ton are by no means

And how about hitting that in a Until Kent Stotz and his Racing turboed Honda came along, most it couldn’t be done on “street machinery. Stotz took his through the traps with an 7.30@ 200.11 MPH in 2004 at Motorsports Park, laying the first official 200 MPH pass in the Shootout class and forever the game.

9- Hayabusa

You have to there’s a designer in Japan living the big life based on his from the Hayabusa. There much magic in the recipe but it all together just right. had taken the basic engine from its recent GSX-R750 and for the best. Big, super-fast had been Kawasaki’s bag with the and Honda’s CBR1100XX Super had honed the concept. But it was the big Suzuki stole the show.

The peak was cool enough on its own, and the package that let you touch 200 MPH it irresistible. But to put those together a chassis setup that handled in the twisties (allowing for the was genuine witchcraft. To end up with a package that could nearly 800 HP when super-tuned and anything else look for years on the strip confirms the place in history.

10- Fuels Rush In

The real were Triumph’s TT600 and disastrous V-Due, and it even the Big Four factories a few years to get the nailed. Suzuki’s SDTV was the to offer near-carb throttle and the rest caught up in their own Of course, the real advantage was in – plugging in a laptop beats the out of swapping out jet kits.

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