Top 10 Sports Bikes

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If you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible on the road then a sports bike is probably for you.

To achieve this they sacrifice comfort for an aerodynamic advantage and maximum lean angles, make use of the latest technology and tend to be quite expensive. What is a sports bike?

The Best Sports Bikes:

Ducati V4S

What Is It?

No sports bike top ten would be complete without a beautiful Ducati, in this case the new for 2018 V4 powered Panigale V4 S.

It sets the bar high on looks, power, weight and features all the tech you would expect.

There's Ohlins electrically adjustable suspension, cornering ABS, slide control, a lean angle aware quickshifter, gorgeous TFT dash and of course the stunning single sided swingarm with no massive exhaust to ruin the lines.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £23,900
  • Engine: V4
  • Capacity: 1,103 cc
  • Power: 211 bhp / 157 kW
  • Top Speed: 200 mph / 322 km/h
  • Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
  • Range: 120 miles / 193 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 195 kg / 430 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 1.082 bhp/kg
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BMW S1000RR

What Is It?

The S1000RR was game changing when it launched in 2005 although the asymmetric looks did divide opinion.

BMW have been constantly evolving it and three generations later the 2019 model is a brand new bike.

The wonky headlight is gone, power is up from a new Variable Valve Timing engine, weight is down, the dash is now a fancy colour TFT job and it can be fully spec'd up with semi-active electronic suspension.

The new M Pack even adds Carbon Fibre wheels but you won't see much change from £20,000. 

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £15,290
  • Engine: Inline Four VVT
  • Capacity: 999 cc
  • Power: 204 bhp / 152 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 824 mm / 32.4 inches
  • Wet Weight: 197 kg / 434 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 1.036 bhp/kg

Honda Fireblade SP

What Is It?

The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is brand new for 2020 with a more compact and powerful engine, second generation electronic suspension, new Brembo Stylema calipers, larger front discs, winglets integrated into the new bodywork, a fancy new TFT dash and a specially designed Akrapovic exhaust as standard.

It's 100% track focused, as small as a 600 cc and has a really aggressive seating position.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £23,500
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 1,000 cc
  • Power: 215 bhp / 160 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 201 kg / 443 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 1.070 bhp/kg

Yamaha YZF-R1M

What Is It?

It builds on the standard R1 with semi-active Ohlins electronic suspension, a new ERS NPX fork, Carbon bodywork / front fender / tail cowl and a range of apps to set custom ride modes, track all the data from the bike and to display a re-run of the race on Google Maps.

It's a limited production run with the number stamped on top of the tank.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £22,000
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 197 bhp / 147 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 860 mm / 33.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 200 kg / 441 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.985 bhp/kg

Kawasaki Ninja H2

What Is It?

It's the tamed road-focused version of the crazy 306 bhp H2R and worth looking at if you want to win at Top Trumps.

The engine is supercharged plus between 2017 and 2019 it gained all the modern tech you could want, such as the up / down quickshifter, cornering ABS, Ohlins TTX36 shock, Brembo Stylema brakes, self healing paint and a fancy TFT dash. Of course 200 bhp isn't enough so they added another 40 bhp (with ram-air) while they were at it!

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £22,000
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 197 bhp / 147 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 30 mpg / 9.4 L/100km
  • Range: 110 miles / 177 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 238 kg / 525 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.828 bhp/kg

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Kawasaki ZX-10R SE

What Is It?

New for 2018 the ZX-10R SE has a party trick when it comes to suspension. It's from Showa and electronically adjusts the damping 1,000 times per second although the pre-load is still manual.

There's also cornering ABS, Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper and launch control.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £18,950
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 197 bhp / 147 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 170 miles / 274 km
  • Seat Height: 835 mm / 32.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 206 kg / 454 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.956 bhp/kg

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade

What Is It?

The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is brand new for 2020 with a more compact and powerful engine, larger front discs, winglets integrated into the new bodywork, a fancy new TFT dash and a specially designed Akrapovic exhaust as standard.

The SP version adds a quickshifter, fancy Ohlins electronic suspension and the latest Brembo brakes.

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Key Specs

  • Launch RRP: £20,000
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 1,000 cc
  • Power: 215 bhp / 160 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 201 kg / 443 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 1.070 bhp/kg

Yamaha YZF-R1

What Is It?

The standard R1 has been knocking about now since 2015 however for 2018 it gained a 2-level quickshifter, launch control, an anti-wheelie system and a fancy colour TFT dash.

For 2020 there's an upgraded chassis, fuelling tweaks, a sharper front end, new side fairings, a smoother tank, 5% improvement in aerodynamics, new lighter Titanium lower fairing and new multi level ABS and EBC systems.

Other improvements include a more rigid airbox design, new lighter throttle sensor, suspension / steering damper tweaks, updated tyres, updated launch control, better brake pads, new tail light design and some Euro 5 exhaust tweaks.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £16,800
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 197 bhp / 147 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 855 mm / 33.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 199 kg / 439 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.990 bhp/kg

Suzuki GSX-R1000R

What Is It?

 

Competing directly with the Fireblade is Suzuki's new for 2017 GSX-R1000R. A major re-design focused on more power from a Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine, aerodynamics and being more compact however the exhaust grew into a bit of a monster.

It builds on the £2,850 cheaper base GSX-R1000 with more advanced Showa suspension, a bi-directional quickshifter, launch control and a lighter battery.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £16,100
  • Engine: Inline Four VVT
  • Capacity: 1,000 cc
  • Power: 199 bhp / 148 kW
  • Top Speed: 185 mph / 298 km/h
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 140 miles / 225 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 203 kg / 448 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.980 bhp/kg

Ducati Panigale V2

What Is It?

For 2020 Ducati evolved the Panigale 959 with V4 style bodywork, a single sided swingarm, modern TFT dash, small exhaust, cornering ABS and traction control, LED lighting and a comfier seat. Doesn't it look good!

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Key Specs

  • Launch RRP: £15,000
  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 955 cc
  • Power: 153 bhp / 114 kW
  • Top Speed: 160 mph / 257 km/h
  • Economy: 35 mpg / 8.1 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 840 mm / 33.1 inches
  • Wet Weight: 200 kg / 441 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.765 bhp/kg

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the best road focused sports bikes you can buy new and picked the top contenders, taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.

What Is A Sports Bike?

Sports bikes have one goal in mind, which is going as fast as possible from A to B. They achieve this by minimising weight while at the same time maximising power (ideally around 1 bhp per 1 kg of weight), a low aggressive riding position, full aerodynamic fairing, state of the art technology and the best lean angle possible for cornering as low as possible. The most expensive bikes are usually closely related to the manufacturer's MotoGP race bike of the time.

What Is A Sports Motorbike?

Sales have been suffering recently though because they aren't that comfortable, pillion friendly, economical or really that practical for everyday riding and if you can only have one bike an Adventure or Sport Touring model probably makes more sense, particularly if you won't be taking it anywhere near a track.

The middle capacities, around 600cc, have suffered the most though with the only real option still on sale being the gorgeous Yamaha R6.

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