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When you’re in the market for a bike that comes with a world-class racing pedigree, you can’t do a whole lot better than the Suzuki GSX-R600 . As a bike that has blazed its way to the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship and the overall AMA Pro SuperSport Championship, the GSX-R600 is truly in a class all its own.

Compact and powerful, the GSX-R600 is a clear demonstration of Suzuki’s highly-advanced and race-proven technology of the GSX-R line. The crown jewel of the bike is its 599cc, 4-cyclinder engine, that comes with a race-proven oversquare bore/stroke ratio engineered for an exceptional high-revving performance. It’s got shot-peened con rods, a chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes that ensure the bike has the kind of efficient performance befitting its name and stature in the industry. The GSX-R600 also has new camshaft profiles that feature an aggressive valve-lift curve and a 4-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system with a titanium muffler, maximizing torque and improving throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid RPM range. The whole engine technology, particularly the Suzuki Dual Throtle Valve System, gives the rider free reign to enjoy the insanely powerful characteristics of the GSX-R600.

Handling is also a prime trait of the GSX-R600, thanks in large part to a race-developed, lightweight Showa Big Piston front-Fork that delivers superior feedback and consistent performance. Likewise, a single Showa rear shock features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height, making for a bike that truly has the whole package - and then some.

Find out more about the Suzuki GSX-R600 after the jump.


For those that can’t handle the all-world capabilities of the Suzuki Hayabusa , you can always find solace in a bike like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 . It’s not as powerful as the almighty Hayabusa, but it comes pretty darn close.

The 2012 GSX-R1000 was built with an eye towards designing a super bike that can make the competition wince. With the kind of history Suzuki has with these machines, it wasn’t all that surprising that they’ve built a bike its customers will be very proud of.

Not only does the GSX-R1000 come with a new style and bodywork, but the bike also gets the benefit of a new chassis and suspension set-up that can support bikers during their high-speed excursions out on the the track.

Among the aesthetic features that have been built into the GSX-R1000 include a new high-grip leather seat that features outstanding holding properties, providing the rider with a greater sense of stability when accelerating. New front and rear tires have also been fitted with improved tread patterns and the front tire is 200 grams lighter, contributing to lower unsprung weight and sharper handling.

At the heart of the GSX-R1000 is a 999cc four-cyclinder engine that has been modified to deliver the kind of scintillating acceleration that few other top-end performance bikes are capable of replicating. The engine works hand-in-hand with a back torque-limiting clutch that incorporates the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) for light clutch pull and optimum clutch performance, resulting in smoother downshifting, and allows the rider to take full advantage of engine output during deceleration. The GSX-R1000 also has a new 4-2-1 exhaust system that’s significantly lighter than its predecessor, contributing to improved agility and handling of a bike whose power output is no laughing matter.

Find out more about the Suzuki GSX-R1000 after the jump.

Ah yes, the Suzuki Hayabusa . Quite simply, this bike is definitely not for everyone. Considered the fastest and most powerful production sport bike on the market, the Hayabusa is reserved for only those that know what they’re doing riding on one. It’s superiority over everything else that makes it the pinnacle of all sports bikes, blending unparalleled performance with a stylish and sexy bodywork.

Few bikes can go stride for stride with the Hayabusa, especially when you consider that the bike is powered by a 1,340cc in-line 4-cylinder fuel injected, DOHC liquid-cooled engine with 16-valves and Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC), providing staggering power and uncompromising anger over anything that dares to cross its path. The Hayabusa’s engine is fed through Suzuki’s own SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve) fuel injection system with dual 12-hole, fine-spray injectors per cylinder and a ram air intake with large volume air box. Likewise, the engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that features oil spray to the 4th, 5th, and 6th gears, reducing wear and mechanical noise whenever you take it out for a spine-tingling spin.

As far as the bike’s handling is concerned, the Hayabusa was designed to be as tough as it is powerful. A lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum frame serves as the bike’s chassis, minimizing the overall weight while also maintaining high torsional strength. A fully adjustable inverted front fork features DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) coated inner tubes whereas the front suspension offers minimal friction resistance and provides outstanding suspension performance over a variety of riding conditions. There’s also a bridged aluminum alloy swing arm that features a cross-sectional shape for increased rigidity while also improving the rear tire grip and increased engine output.

Suffice to say, the Suzuki Hayabusa is the conversation-ender in the world of sports bikes. Owning one equates to "owning" everybody else.

Find out more about the Suzuki Hayabusa after the jump.

With a smooth power delivery, a low seat height, and upstanding handling characteristics, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has everything you’re looking for in a sports bike. It’s not going to wow with anything out-of-this-world, but that’s not what the Ninja 250R is all about.

It’s actually a versatile sports bike that appeals to both novice riders and the more seasoned variety. Aerodynamically speaking, the Ninja 250R is wrapped in a modern aerodynamic fairing and windscreen that not only look great, but also deliver effective wind deflection for a wide range of riding situations. The bike also has an easy-to-read instrument panel with a fuel gauge and neutral indicator, as well as a natural riding position, comfortable ergonomics, and a set of full-size 17" sport bike wheels, all of which make the Ninja 250R a nimble and lightweight sports bike that’s designed to deliver pure pleasure on city streets.

In terms of performance, the Ninja 250R is powered by a compact, 249cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine, that produces crisp throttle power seasoned riders will definitely appreciate. The bike’s extra highway passing power compared to other bikes in the 250 class is unparalleled whereas beginners will love the smooth torque delivery at lower speeds. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission that offers the right gear for almost any situation. Together, the efficient engine and transmission allow the Ninja 250R plenty of enjoyment from a wide array of customers.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, the Kawasaki 250R will offer you everything you need in a versatile machine.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ninja 250R after the jump.

Ducati has finally unveiled at this week’s EICMA Show in Milan the much-anticipated 1199 Panigale superbike. The new model finds its roots in the Borgo Panigale (pronounced "Pan-ee-gah-lee") area of Bologna - an Italian territory known as "Motor Valley". The new model will go on sale in early in 2012 in three different versions: Panigale $17,995, Panigale S - $22,995, Panigale S equipped with ABS $23,995(USD) and Panigale S Tricolore $27,995.

The new 1199 Panigale weights only 418 lbs and is powered by a re-designed V-twin engine with an output of 195 HP and 361.5lb of torque. This output will transform the Panigale into the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet.

The bike will be offered with the latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES),
Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s new race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW).

"Throughout our long and successful twin-cylinder history of racing, Ducati has never built a sportbike as advanced as the 1199 Panigale," said Claudio Domenicali during the official presentation. "We are moving into a new generation with a ’revolution’ of the species that establishes new limits for the category. Its Desmodromic heart, the new Superquadro engine, is the most powerful twin-cylinder ever produced and represents the base of a new concept of frame and engine integration."


Just like everything else, certain motorcycle models grow up and are bound to be replaced. That’s the case for the Honda ST1100, which ran for almost 12 years before its time clearly has come to pass. In the 12 years it’s been around, the ST1100 has earned a reputation as one of the best touring motorcycles around, but like we said, everything has an expiration date, and the ST1100’s date has already passed.

Now it’s time to give proper introduction to the eventual successor, the ST1300.

Just like every sports-touring bike on the market, the ST1300 plays double duty as a touring and sports bike. The bodywork, which was carefully built behind the science of wind-tunnel testing, sports all the characteristics of a long-distance hauler and a sports racer. The hard saddlebags on the rear, together with the removable saddlebag liner set, a scuff-pad set, and knee-pad set, comprise some of the ST1300’s touring characteristics. It also has a new fairing air-deflector set, a tank pad, and heated grips to round out the car’s exterior set-up.

As far as performance characteristics go, the ST1300 is powered by a 1,261 cc liquid-cooled longitudinally mounted 90° V-4 engine that’s complimented by a race-bred chassis and ABS technology. The new engine set-up produces 20% more power and 10% more torque than the ST1100, enough reason for this sports tourer to be considered a worthy successor.

Like most of Honda’s high-performance motorcycles, the new ST1300 features advanced aluminum composite cylinder sleeves that are not only lighter in weight, but also more resistant to wear and more effective at transferring heat than conventional iron sleeves.

Find out more about the Honda ST1300 after the jump


The BMW S 1000 RR made its global debut in 2009 and only two years after the company comes with a revised model of this successful supersports bike with many optimized details. No changes have been made to the engine, but 193 HP are more than enough for a 449 lbs sports bike.

BMW ’s first objective was to improve ridability by boosting thrust and enhancing the linearity and harmoniousness of the power and torque curves. Next they have modified the suspensions: the upside down fork and the spring strut feature a new internal structure and the geometry has been modified with new values for the steering head angle, offset, position of the swing arm pivot, fork projection, and spring strut length. The engine speed display has been redesigned for better readability.

As for design elements, the S 1000 RR gets a considerably leaner look: changes have been made to the asymmetrical side panels, and the centre airbox cover now sports side aperture grilles.

Color line-up includes: a combination of Racing red and Alpine white and new Sapphire black metallic.

Hit the jump for a full list of the bike’s new features.

For those about to enjoy their first taste of two-wheeled freedom, Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R sportbike has always been a great option to start. It doesn’t come with off-the-wall features, but it does have enough of an ’oomph’ that novice riders - and veterans, for that matter - can enjoy.

Kawasaki has established a reputation in the business as one of the best bike designers in the world and the aesthetic profile of the Ninja 250R only adds to the company’s already glowing reputation. The sharp styling of the bike makes it look like a supersport, while its compact engine and superior handling offers a perfect blend of power and stability that riders can fully enjoy.

There’s definitely a lot to like about the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Heck even the name sounds as stealthy as those Japanese warriors. The Ninja250R is all that and plenty, plenty more.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ninja 250R after the jump.

Put the phrase “big fun in a small package” in Google and there’s a good chance that the Kawasaki KLX 250SF supermoto bike will pop up right in front of your eyes.

Based on the company’s critically-acclaimed KLX250S dual sport on/off-road bike, the 250SF dials it up with an aggressively style bodywork finishes that features a comfortable seat, a KLX-specific handlebar, an elaborate instrument panel, and a set of sticky street radials mounted on 17" wheels.

More than that, the KLX250SF also offers serious capabilities in a fun, easy-to-ride package, regardless of where the adventure takes it. The bike is powered by a 249cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve engine mated to a six-speed transmission, providing the kind of entry-level power that allows you to get introduced to the world of bikes. Compared to the KLX250S dual sport, the KLX250SF has also reduced wheel travel at both ends, placing the center of gravity lower for improved on-road handling and enhanced straight-line stability. At the same time, the suspension is still supple enough to soak up most road surface irregularities and offer a smooth ride. The KLX250SF comes with a fully-adjustable suspension that features a 16-way adjustable compression and rebound damping on both the 43mm inverted cartridge-style front fork and the UNI-TRAK rear suspension. A 300mm semi-floating petal disc with a two-piston hydraulic caliper is used as the front brake while the rear brake features a 240mm petal disc with single-piston hydraulic caliper.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KLX 250SF’s specs after the jump.

The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is being described as one of the finest super sports bikes in the market today. With the kind of tradition that it has, it’s no secret why Kawasaki has high hopes for their latest offering.

Built on the tradition of offering middleweight dominance in the ultra-competitive 600 supersport market, the ZX-6R comes packed with sleek styling, top-notch technology, and a racing tradition that makes it a cut above the rest. Everything about the bike has been constructed with the kind of laborious detail and excellent craftsmanship that Kawasaki has come to be known for. It certainly doesn’t pull back any punches with this model, and even goes so far as to provide just about everything a rider needs - and wants - in a super sports bike.

As far as complete packages go, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R offers plenty of it for a price that isn’t too steep for avid riders everywhere.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R after the jump.


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