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James Keen  says:

RiDER Power: The world's best handling motorcycles aren't sportsbikes

In the 2008 RiDER Power survey, the bikes rated highest for handling and suspension aren't Japanese. Even more surprisingly, they're not even sportsbikes... As Ben Miller writes in this month's RiDE magazine, "For motorcycle engineers on an island on the other side of the world, the latest RiDER Power survey must have made uncomfortable reading". That's because in the handling category the top...

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Nov 08

Posts: 8

ax1464 says:

Not Sportbikes?

Those aren't "sportsbikes"?  Could have fooled me.  Sure, maybe they're not all "traditional" (inline 4, fully-faired, racer-replica) sportsbikes, but they sure look like sportsbikes to me.  And the fact that they all have great handling sort of MAKES them "sportsbikes", no?

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Sep 07

Posts: 75

djjonnibgood says:


As far as handling goes i suspect these bikes come out ahead of your run of the mill r1s, blades etc because they handle in the real world i.e easy to manouevre, turning circles, and the fact that they are easier to ride at slower speed, after all a bikes handling isnt rated on how easy it is to get your knee down or flick it from side to side through a chicane.

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Jan 08

Posts: 998

I Think The Real Question Is...

"What IS a sportsbike now?"

Nearly everything has a fairing or its a "naked", and fairings where designed for sportsbikes only. But even the first true superbikes where naked muscle.

I think the term should really be "none racing bikes" ..... To which end, the KTM would have to go, as it's raced alongside BSB :-P

That or call them "Road Bias Bikes", bikes which wernt intended for race use, just pondering on roads .... And if you did that, you'd see the floodgates open for everything from Aprilia Tuono 125's, Suzuki SV650s to Yamaha TDMs and Kawsaki ZXR750s.

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Jul 08

Posts: 190

zephyrdave says:


As the age old saying goes, it ain't what you ride it's how you ride it....

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Phat Bob


Mar 08

Posts: 64

Phat Bob says:


Looking at the bikes in the list what makes them stand out from what is usually called a sportsbike is the riding position.  All of these (except maybe the Triumph) are more upright.  Basically, IMHO, if your knees are in your ears, it's a sportsbike...

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Oct 05

Posts: 71

richlees2001 says:

Ride Mag readership

Does this not say more about the readers (and what bike the readers have) of the Ride magazine, rather than the best handling bikes?

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Aug 02

Posts: 3251

eatcs01 says:

No surprise

It's no surprise. So the latest BladeR1GsxrZx is like hot snot on the track. And just how much time do you spend on the track??

Most "Sportsbike" riders can't ride their bikes to their full potential. And I'm glad of this fact. It's so much more fun kicking their wobbly upright arses on my 10 year old sports tourer on a Sunny Sunday.


For me, it's about the riding. It's not a bloody fashion parade.

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