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Poll: Are hyperbikes still relevant today?

It’s 20 years since the launch of the first ‘hyperbike’ – Kawasaki’s awesome 173mph ZZ-R1100 which reigned world’s fastest production bike through the first half of the 1990s until usurped by new hyperbikes such as Honda’s CBR1100XX Super Blackbird and Suzuki’s Hayabusa.    But today we have a new breed of superbikes – awesomely powerful race replicas such as BMW’s S1000RR and Aprilia’s...

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Aug 02

Posts: 102

hondagixer says:

i love my gsxr and how it gets me home from work quickly.only downside is its expensive on the consumables as i use it everyday.only thing i think id buy and use for work would be the new 1250 bandit which maybe slighty cheaper to run daily.

but once youve had all the power day in and day out its very hard to go back riding anything smaller.

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Apr 05

Posts: 4

michaelzrx says:

Who cares which is fastest, any of them would just be awesome to ride.

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may c


Aug 02

Posts: 171

may c says:


the world is changing do we really need `170 mph plus superbikes  the reality is caught doing over `100 mph  in b isles and its an instant ban the future is electric or gas ect the bike in mcn last week `100 mile range and 70 mph top speed  if it was 4 grand id have bought one straight away but at moment its too expensive within the next `10 years the petrol engine will be on the decline. ive owned some realy fast bikes  and done many track days but at present i have 250 cc r reg honda  cb but hey it does close to  80 mpg. the japs are investing in  alternative energy now i think i read one company hasnt brought out a new high performance bike this year  so change is coming for cars as well as m cycles ride safe all do the fast stuff on track days .

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May 05

Posts: 144

cardiology says:

Yes. They are.

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Agent Z


May 08

Posts: 41

Agent Z says:

Push the tempo

If you enjoy life on the ragged edge, these bikes are pretty much irrelevant. If you enjoy finding the limits of a bike and pushing it in the corners. If you enjoy getting on the gas as hard as possible, working the box, banging off the rev limiter etc then these are not for you. Unless of course you are happy riding at double the speed limit most of the time. I own both a Fireblade and a CB500 I know bike I consider to be relevant. In 99% of UK riding the CB500 will deliver more thrills than the Fireblade. I'm on the ragged edge more often and pushing harder then I can ever achieve on the Fireblade, without going what can only be sensibly described as dangerously fast. If all you enjoy is opening the throttle hard and hanging on whilst the front wheel claws the air [hugely enjoyable I do grant you] then hyperbikes are great, but that thrill does not last long before you look down at the speedo and go oops 1XXmph again!! I love my blade, it's awesome, I've toured all over Europe on it but 50% of its performance is redundant 99% of the time. Any bike that is designed to go fast will ultimately work best when it is going fast and these speeds you are just asking for trouble. If you are happy and able to dawdle along on your Hyperbike then cool, if you are a bit of a racer and a like to push the envelope then stay well away. Perhaps I'm just getting old!!!

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Sep 09

Posts: 712

As Mike Says

Unless you intend to use them within the law, then you have to say they have ALWAYS been irrelevent

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May 09

Posts: 75

obsceneuk says:

Agree with mike

I think bike companies should be looking at small capacity bikes, maybe a bike like a ninja 250 with a 400cc engine. Bascially something small and lightweight with decent acceleration but no silly top end speeds.

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brutale r


Dec 07

Posts: 3258

brutale r says:

horses for courses

if thats the bike you want

and to those who say about the speed limit and these bikes are to fast bollox 

mike have you got a bike that can break the speed limit if so dont be so hypicritical

lets ban all bikes over 15bhp and 250cc

i dont like cruisers but i dont complain about them so GET A LIFE shut up or get a volvo

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Nov 02

Posts: 1340

norris says:


I'm 6ft 2" and 15 stone, my son always on pillion who's near the same..Big bikes with big torque make riding effortless and more pleasant. I've tried friends 600,s and 750,s which have to be caned to produce any power with all the weight on. But I love sports bikes rather than the big tourer type bikes. Take your choice, which as to be good that we have so much.

Powers not just about speed.

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Jun 08

Posts: 185


I'm 6'2'' and weigh near enough 20 stone could those of you see someone like me on a 250 or an electric bike (two wheeled milk float) I don't think so, also with a pillion and luggage? NO, That's why I have a hayabusa. So yes they are very relevant today to me at least.I do have a 1997 cbr 600 f but that's just for work I wouldn't want to do many miles on it as I'm not comfy on it for long trips.

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