R&G has just released their top ten most popular sports bike fitments as part of their celebratory 10 year anniversary, with Yamaha’s YZF-R1 coming out on top.
1) Yamaha YZF-R1 – the bike, which wrested top-dog status from the Fireblade back in 1998 and is still going strong today.
2) Suzuki GSX-R1000 – This member of the GSX-R family first saw light of day in 2001, mixing good handling with almost brutal power and torque. Has since been refined through five generations to today’s K9 model.
3) Honda Fireblade – from 1992 through to today, the Fireblade has been a by-word for performance.
4) Yamaha YZF-R6 – The original mad middleweight for the ultimate sports kick. The R6 first came to light a decade ago, and proved to be the head-banger’s choice for middleweight race-rep kicks.
5) Suzuki GSX-R750 – the daddy of the race-replica scene – and the streetfighter cult. Since 1985 GSX-R750s have been popular on road and track as well as for R&G Racing fitments.
6) Honda CBR600 – since 1987 the CBR600 has been an evergreen favourite with road riders and racers.
7) Suzuki GSX-R600 – Following on from the successful 1996 SRAD GSX-R750, the 600 aped the looks of the bigger bike and the manic screaming motor, but this time with just 600cc and right-way-up forks. Has been developed since along with the whole GSX-R family.
8) Ducati 1098 – Ducati returned to building beautiful bikes with 2007’s 1098. Styling cues from the original 916, blended with modern curves, allied to that trademark trellis chassis and fuel-injected L-twin desmo made it an instant classic.
9) Triumph Daytona 675 – the best compromise in the middleweight class, this three-cylinder does things its own way, rather than copying Japanese four-cylinder machines.
10) Kawasaki ZX-10R – In 2004 the new 10R Ninja became an instant hit thanks to its feisty power delivery, slipper clutch and 100mph first gear…A return to the rorty Kawasakis of old.