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Top Five Superbikes in the World

Exec Digital takes a look at five of the world's fastest, most exhilarating superbikes which are unrivalled in terms of outright speed and sheer excitement
 Suzuki Hayabusa  MV Agusta F4  BMW S1000RR  Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14  Honda Fireblade
 
 

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Price: $13,399

Top speed: 186mph

Did you know?: Won Best Sportbike of the Year Award in Motorcycle USA Best of 2009 Awards

 

Combining performance and style, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade has been developed to the highest superbike standards. Featuring lightweight components and several technological innovations, the CBR1000RR is perfectly at home both on the road or the track. Powered by a 999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine, the CBR1000RR goes from 0-62mph in just three seconds.

 

The 2011 model has a new, electronically controlled ABS system which distributes brake force evenly over both wheels, making the bike even more stable in challenging conditions. The CBR1000RR also benefits from the world's first electronically controlled hydraulic steering damper called HESD (Honda Electronic Steering Damper). Influenced directly from one of Honda's MotoGP machines, HESD gives the rider low speed manoeuvrability at incredibly high speeds.

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

Price: $13,599

Top Speed: 186mph

Did you know?: Kawasaki Ninja bikes have been in existence since 1984 starting with the GPZ900R

 

Kawasaki's range of Ninja sport bikes have been synonymous with power and performance for nearly three decades. The ZX-14 has been carrying on this tradition since 2006 and remains one of the most sought after superbikes on the market today as well as Kawasaki’s most powerful in production.

 

With a 1,352cc inline-four engine, lightweight aluminium monocoque frame and fully adjustable suspension, acceleration on the ZX-14 is rapid, reaching 62mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds. Additional features include radial-mounted front brake callipers, multi-functional LCD instrumentation, quadruple projector-beam headlights for increased visibility, an aerodynamically styled rear seat cowl and a hydraulic clutch. Kawasaki says the Ninja exists "for one reason only - to be the meanest, strongest, baddest and best supersport of them all."

 

BMW S1000RR

Price: $13,950

Top Speed: 189mph

Did you know?: BMW's hit marketing video current has over 4.5 million views on YouTube

 

Originally built to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship before entering commercial production in 2010, the BMW S1000RR has won numerous awards since its initial introduction. A marketing video for the S1000RR which shows the bike pulling a tablecloth off a large dining table without disturbing any of the table settings, became a YouTube viral hit with 1.4 million views within the first 10 days.

 

In terms of the bike’s actual specifications, BMW has pulled out all the stops with radial mounted Brembo brake callipers, dynamic traction control and an aerodynamic yet stylish tail-up nose-down design. When it comes to performance, the S1000RR can reach a top speed of 189mph thanks to a 999cc engine which produces an incredible 193hp at 13,000rpm. Thanks to the first genuine racing ABS system, the S1000RR can go from 150mph to a complete standstill in 229 metres.

 

MV Agusta F4

Price: $18,500

Top Speed: 190mph

Did you know?: The F4 was styled by renowned motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini, who also worked on the Ducati Paso and Cagiva Mito

 

Signature features on the F4 series include a four pipe undertail exhaust, single-sided swingarm, large front forks descended from championship winning race bikes and the instantly recognisable MV Agusta red and silver livery.

 

The 2010 model boats a new engine, chassis and swingarm in addition to a reengineered structure which increases overall torsional rigidity while being super lightweight. “The new F4 is not an evolution of the previous motorcycle, but it is a new project that has been studied down to the last nut and bolt, from the first to the last curve of the bodywork,” says MV Agusta.

 

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Price: $13,699

Top Speed: 186mph (previously 194mph)

Did you know?: The Hayabusa's high-powered lightweight engine has been used in the Westfield Megabusa, an English sportscar, and two Suzuki concept vehicles

 

First introduced in 1999, the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa gained notoriety as the world's fastest production motorcycle of the 20th century. Although this top speed has now been limited, the Hayabusa remains one of the most desired superbikes amongst two-wheeled thrill seekers. Even though the Hayabusa produces a phenomenal top speed, the bike has also received praise for its all-round performance. According to Suzuki, “the Hayabusa is designed for the serious sport rider who will settle for nothing less than the best. Its combination of unsurpassed power, crisp handling and superb aerodynamics creates the ultimate sportbike.”

 

The 2011 Hayabusa features a 1340cc 16-valve liquid-cooled engine, 6-speed transmission with oil spray to the high gears to reduce wear and mechanical noise, lightweight aluminium pistons and titanium valves, a fully adjustable inverted front fork and radial-mounted Tokico front brake callipers.

 

Over the years the Hayabusa has been a successful motorsport competitor, a police pursuit vehicle and has gained notoriety amongst custom streetbike enthusiasts. Therefore, the Suzuki Hayabusa has enjoyed impressive worldwide sales and continues to lead the way in terms of superbike design, performance and speed.

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