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 RSV4R.
So is it the end of the hyperbike? To find out we took the best of both breeds – Kawasaki’s latest ZZ-R1400, the Suzuki Hayabusa plus BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 – to our speed testing track, Bruntingthorpe, for a speed shootout like no other.
Read the full results - plus our look back at 20 years of the hyperbike - in next week's MCN, on sale 19 May 2010.
So - which bike do you think is quickest? Are hyperbikes still relevant today? Have your say in our poll and by commenting on this article below.