Based my facts on the recent fastbike superbike shootout, they rated the ZX10R over the S1000RR, mainly because its electric gizmo's and handling are more refined. Those guys know a lot more than me. I’d class those two bikes together as they are both in the 200ish bhp club. The others are in the 180 club.
I don’t think Suzuki has done enough to put it back in contention for top spot, that to me seems the whole point of releasing an updated bike or it was for Suzuki a few years ago.
Regardless of how some people find TC it's becoming the norm and with 200bhp bikes probably a good idea. I’ve had some moments in the past on damp patchy roads where TC might have saved my underpants, they f***ing stink now.
The R1 has got TC but the power is basically the same, so why give it TC especially if the big bang engine is supposed to improve traction anyway.
Fireblade is an awesome bike, I’ve got one (08) and I prefer it over my old GSXR1000, handling and midrange is superb plus it doesn’t corrode like the gixer did. I hoped that for the 20th anniversary they’d do a bit more.
I didn't include the new Aprilia because as much as I like it I’d be too worried about reliability and spare parts. Plus it isn’t an inline 4. Then again if there were some Aprilia dealers near to where I live I would be very tempted.
So far it's only Kawaski that have really had a go at taking on BMW and I was hoping the other boys would have a go next year.