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motorcycles compared:

The longest test

What was tested? Nine bikes from 2011 were reviewed and rated. Final scores between 5 and 9 points out of 10 were awarded. Go to magazine

Results of this test:

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (modified) [11]
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (modified) [11]

9/10 – № 1

So Fast Bikes still found the Kawasaki ZX-10R unattractive, it was expensive, especially after the modifications, and the set-up of the suspension could be better. It is, however, the winner of this test as it has huge amounts of power, fantastic control, a great motor, good brakes and should really be raced rather than used on the road, which feels like a waste.

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GSX-R600 (modified) [11]
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Suzuki GSX-R 600 (modified) [11]

8/10

Fast Bikes deemed the Suzuki GSX-R600 to be a bit boring and didn't like the white wheels, besides commenting that removing some bolts from the fairing during modification was not the best move. The mods have worked well, working on Suzuki's failings and adding to the otherwise solid foundations of the bike, thus creating a strong contender.

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Yamaha FZ8  (modified) [11]
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Yamaha FZ8 (modified) [11]

8/10

The brakes of the Yamaha FZ8 are terrible, but with little room for adjustment they will have to remain without enough power or grip. Pricing of the Devil full system was also too high. The modifications have done and otherwise great job, with the Gilles rearset adding extra ground clearance whilst gripping well. Fast Bikes also approved of the power and suspension on offer.

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Yamaha YZF-R1 (modified) [11]

8/10

Fast Bikes feel that the Yamaha YZF-R1 is too big, heavy and flat, and it lacks focus, which is their main issue with the bike, as it takes to much coaxing to get the best results. It does deliver crisp power though, with a top-notch motor and superb electronics. The R10s are good, but still falls short on the BSB winning ability of the R1.

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KTM Sportmotorcycle 990 Super Duke (modified) [11]

6/10

KTM's Super Duke lacked control and showed signs of rust, but with a not unfriendly price and great guttural sounds, Fast Bikes were a little more forgiving, especially once they realised the pleasure they could get from the endless wheelies it was capable of. When hitting the power, the brunt and weight is all pushed to the rear, leaving the front with little to work with.

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Triumph Daytona 675R (modified) [11]
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Triumph Daytona 675R (modified) [11]

6/10

The shifter that comes as stock on the Triumph Daytona 675R lacks the sophistication of some other systems, and could have been modified here, but wasn't. The only real mod that was made was adding an end pipe and set of grippy rearsets, but even that just finished off an already almost perfect machine. For Fast Bikes, nothing compares to the Triumph on cornering.

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Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP (modified) [11]
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Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP (modified) [11]

5/10

In order to control the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP's rear whilst braking, Fast Bikes would really have prefered a slipper clutch to be included. Not a lot of imagination was used when modifying this machine, but at least that is proof that Ducati got things right in the first place, and the soul has been left intact. Adding the Zard Penta cans was a plus point.

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Honda CB1000R (modified) [11]

5/10

Improvements to the Honda CB1000R were only subtle, but that has left this bike not looking sufficiently stylish, and getting it to compete from a power perspective will take far more than modifications can offer. Fast Bike considered a tail tidy would have improved the look of the rear end, and although they called it a nice bike, they reckon it is rather too tame.

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SV650S (modified) [11]
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Suzuki SV 650 S (modified) [2011]

5/10

The styling of the Suzuki SV650S is rather bland, the geometry is rubbish and the brakes are sub-standard, so even though Fast Bikes liked the price tag, revs and noise it made, they did not rate it particularly well. The £2500 spent to modify it was nowhere near enough, only nudging it towards the final goal rather than doing all the necessary work.

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