On today’s episode, we are breaking down the specs of the top 1000cc and larger sport bikes.
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We are going to look at the following Specs to help us determine which bike is the best:
Top Speed: The speed in which 99.9% of these motorcycle owners will never see their speedometer reach!
Horsepower, and not Torque:
Torque propels the bike from the start – bottom end of the RPM range
Horsepower picks up and continues to push the bike faster – top end of the RPM range
Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall, torque is how far you push it.
With sport bikes being high revving, it makes sense for the engineers to look for ways to increase the bike’s horsepower performance. The torque on sport bikes is less important due to the lighter weight of the bikes.
With that being said, that is why you see the cruisers rate their engines on torque instead of horsepower. They are heavier bikes and lower revving. The key to the cruisers needing a lot of torque is to simply get these beasts moving.
A longer wheelbase is suited for straight distance riding where maneuverability is less of a concern. That is why you want (and typically see) longer wheelbase on cruiser and touring motorcycles.
A shorter wheelbase is preferred when maneuverability is a must. In the case of sport bikes, you want a shorter wheelbase, which allows you to flick the bike from side to side in switchbacks and tight S-turns. This is why we see track bikes with shorter wheelbases.
***Prime Example – A drag bike is stretched out really far as it provides the much needed stability to go in a straight line, and track bikes have shorter wheelbases because they are carving their way through turn after turn.
So all the sport bike bro’s that are adding the longer swing arms on their bikes are actually killing one of the major aspects of sport bike performance.
PSA: Stop putting extended swing arms on your sport bikes, it looks goofy and it kills your ability to carve the canyons the way the bike was meant to, (unless you are building a drag bike, then do this)
Weight – Lighter is better on sport bikes, quite simple really – that is why you see a power to weight ratio on sport bikes and not cruisers!
|Gas tank||Weight (wet)|
|Ducati Panigale V4 S||190 (est.)||214||4.23gal||436lbs||57.8”||$24k|
|Yamaha YZF-R1||182mph||162.4||4.5 gal||439lbs||55.3″||$16k+|
|Suzuki Hayabusa||194mph||167||5.5 gal||586lbs||58.3″||$14k+|
|BMW S 1000 RR||200mph||148||4.4 gal||450lbs||56.7″||$16k+|
|Kawasaki Ninja H2||209mph||189||4.5 gal||529lbs||57.3″||$29k|
Closing Argument: When should you replace your helmet? The industry (Helmet Manufacturers) says every 5 years, or if you wreck, or if you drop your helmet.