- 11/04/2021 at 6:19 AM #33923Anonymous UserParticipant
Overview: The new supersport bikes
With high performance and a radical seating position, super athletes have long since withdrawn into the habitat of the racetracks. There, of course, they continue to drive developments and embody what is currently technically feasible in a fascinating way. Regardless of whether aerodynamics, lightweight construction, engine or chassis technology: Even today, super athletes are still the spearhead of the two-wheel evolution.
Ducati SuperSport 950
In contrast to the Superbike offshoots on this page, the Ducati SuperSport – the name is misleading – is actually aimed at road use and only occasional trips to the racetrack.
With its 937 cubic V2 and 110 hp, it fits into today’s mid-range structure, and the seating position is also far less aggressive than on the designated circuit bikes.
Nevertheless, since this year the SuperSport has been looking to borrow at least optically from its more radical siblings: Their new look is based on the Panigale. The most important contemporary assistance systems are also on board; if desired, the character can be enhanced with optional packages for racing or sports touring (hard case!). In contrast to the base model (from 16,695 euros), the S version has suspension components from Öhlins.
BMW M 1000 RR
Up to now, the letter “M” has only been known on BMW automobiles as the herald of extraordinary vehicles – now it is also finding its way into two-wheelers.
As a homologation model for the Superbike factory riders, the new M 1000 RR is an exceptional athlete peppered with technical sophistication. With 212 hp and a full tank weight of 192 kilos, the radical RR is just as eye-catching as it is a collector’s item. The carbon fiber winglets alone bring water to your eyes – if that’s not already done by the price of 38,800 euros.
The main opponent of the BMW is this Kawasaki – at least on the racetrack, where the green-clad works driver Jonathan Rea broke all superbike records.
The commercially available version of his company vehicle was stylistically renewed for 2021 and also brought up to date technically. The new key data announce 203 hp and 207 kg with a full tank, plus the superbike offers a TFT display with connectivity and cruise control for 22,499 euros. The more radical sister ZX-10RR, among other things with feather-light forged wheels, comes to 32,999 euros.
Ducati Panigale V4 SP
The finest variety from Ducati completes the trio of superbikes. In contrast to the BMW M 1000 RR for BMW, the new Panigale V4 SP does not serve as a homologation model for the World Cup, but as the noble top model of the series.
The finest ingredients can be found here, such as extremely expensive carbon wheels or a tank made of brushed aluminum. The basic values are also suitable here for a super trump card in the motorcycle quartet game: 214 hp at 193 kilos with a full tank. Anyone who has fallen in love with the winger should have at least 44,695 euros in their account.
22 years ago, the Hayabusa was the first mass-produced motorcycle to break the 300 km / h mark. Today this goal seems far less desirable than it did back then, but the fascination of an extremely powerful street motorcycle is unbroken.
The third generation continues this tradition – also stylistically – and with 190 hp again occupies a top position among power performers. Now linked with the most modern assistance systems, the 264 kilo Hayabusa will return to the Suzuki model range from April and from 22,490 euros.
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