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Michael Neeves  says:

The ultimate superbike test

These are ‘Top Trump’ superbikes – the kind of machines you’ll probably only ever see in pictures and rarely in the flesh. The new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW HP4 Carbon, Ducati 1199R Panigale and MV Agusta F4RR are all about the big numbers: power, capacity, top speed, electronic rider aids and, of course, price. If you’re in the market...

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Aug 09

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stevedeejay says:


betcha HP4 comes out on top:roll eyes:

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Oct 09

Posts: 198

ThePornstar says:

RSV4, a bike that is so good Espagaro can qualify 9th in MotoGP on a modifed version.

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Dec 12

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garethpn says:


The HP4 looks really nice from the side, but it's a shame about the lack of symmetry when looking at it from the front •▼◄►

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May 10

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leoelvis says:

neil hodgson works for ducati so guess lol. i would buy the bmw

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Feb 10

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wesley01 says:

Do they mean the best out of europe? If its the best of the best then the zx10R should be there for sure!!

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May 08

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SHIVA_ says:

BMW is getting uglier by the year

The rule of first impressions.  the BMW RR was one ugly superbike when it was first released with that comic book  asymmetrical front headlight.  Back then we pretended to ignore the front, because the bike itself was so good.  A new type of superbike that changed sportbikes forever.  It was comfy, you could ride it in town, you could in fact commute on it, take it on the road, or track days, or set land speed records, it didn't matter.  An ugly bike with a great personality.

Now 3 years into the project the bike really looks like sh*t.  Dated and old school compare to the likes of the Panigale. And that silly front end is now just simply boring, annoying and a sign of bad design.

BMW promised to update the RR every two years, so, if they keep that promise we may see a new front for the 2014 model year. 

Although they being BMW, which means hard-headed, they'll probably just switch the lights around and call it the day. 

The asymmetrical was basically a marketing trick that worked.  Q: How to stand out from 8 other superbikes, some with over 50 years of history? A: put a controversial silly front headlight assembly.  And it worked.  Now that the bike is established, they can ditch this gimmick and let the bike win some praise for good design as well.  But alas, great design and BMW have rarely been synonymous.  With BMW function comes first.







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Feb 12

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Titosfuneral says:

HP4: The winking machine...

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Dec 10

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preunit says:

SHIVA mate

you'll only ever be seeing the back of that S1000, unless your ridding one ;)

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May 08

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SHIVA_ says:


Dude, First rule of riding: it's not the bike, it's the rider. 

I have a K1300S with 103 lb-ft of torque and 180 HP with 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.  With a lot of the power available at low RPMs and no sissy riding modes.  Meaning all the power, all the time.  No superbike can match that.  Superbikes as you know can only perform in high RPMs.  that's why I said, the RR makes a good commuter as it is docile in traffic.  

As for cornering, see rule number 1.  I can out corner any squid, even if I am on a cruiser, let alone my K1300S.  It's NEVER the bike on the road, it's ALWAYS the rider. :) 

I did an interview with Jay Leno years back and asked how he liked the cornering on a certain bike.  He said, Shiva, it's never the bike and here's a story.

He told me a story about a famous off-road rider named Springsteen.   Who was paying a visit to the Rock Store in the LA canyons.  Rock Store is a famous motorcycle weekend hangout.

He was on a POS 883 Harley.  And not even a new one.  Some old junk.  Being a known rider, the SQUIDS on their Japanese sportbikes challenged him on the ride back.  Leno who witnessed this said, Sprintsteen on his junky 883 out-cornered all of them.  Leno said, he was producing sparks like he was welding as we went around corners.

If you need a bike to help you corner, you don't know how to ride.  Simple!



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May 13

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beemer47 says:

the ultimate superbike test

Hmm you test a Ducati homologated for WSB set up by Ducati technicians using data already acquired for that specific bike at that specific track and then say it's the fastest around that track. How much did Ducati pay you!!!

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