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Daytona 675R ABS (94 kW) [13]
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Triumph Daytona 675 R ABS (94 kW) [13]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 675 cc; Number of Cylinders: 3; ABS

In Fast Bikes' opinion, the new Daytona 675R is in a whole dimension of its own, where there's simply no rival that can touch it. Its stunning handling makes it possible to do things with

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More information at: Fast Bikes, issue February 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R The Daytona 675R is the indisputable leader of the 600s class, but Triumph hasn't been resting on its laurels, and the 2013 model brings a huge amount of updates and improvements to the table. … to review

Ducati 1199 Panigale ABS (143 kW) [12]
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Ducati 1199 Panigale ABS (143 kW) [12]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 1198 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

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Aprilia RSV4 R APRC
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Aprilia RSV4 R APRC

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 1000 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The RSV4 is a master of steering which allows you to take the sharpest corners without breaking a sweat. It's much faster than its predecessor and equally competent on the track and on the road,

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More information at: Fast Bikes, issue February 2013 A family affair Technology is always moving forward, and bikes which once were the summit of innovation are regarded as living fossils nowadays. Fast Bikes put four modern motorcycles through their paces to see how much they've improved with regards to their predecessors. In test: Four motorcycles were reviewed and rated. Final scores of 1 x 7, 2 x 8 and 1 x 9 out of 10 points were awarded. … to review

 
Ninja ZX6R (94 kW) [13]
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (94 kW) [13]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 636 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The only thing that Fast Bikes really didn't like about the 2013 model of the Ninja ZX-6R was its green colour scheme, but luckily there are more variants to choose from. Otherwise it pushes all

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More information at: Fast Bikes, issue December 2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R The 2013 incarnation of the Ninja ZX-6R aims to please newcomers and track riders alike. Does Kawasaki manage to pull it off? … to review

GSX-R 1000 K1
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Suzuki GSX-R1000

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 999 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The weight of the GSX-R1000 has increased some 25kg since its inception, but according to Fast Bikes it feels more like 50 due to its incredibly polite steering and superb balance. This is an

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5 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue January 2013 Don't get mad get even As good as a stock bike may be, there's not a single model that can't be improved with a bit (or a lot) of judicious modding. Six customized rides are put through their paces to see which ones hit the spot. In test: Six bikes were reviewed and rated on the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 1 x 7, 4 x 8 and 1 x 9 were awarded. … to review

YZFR1 [12]
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Yamaha YZF-R1 [12]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 998 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The good thing about the YZF-R1's imperfections, according to Fast Bikes, is that they give it a personality of its own. The bad news is that it lacks the ability of the best in certain areas …

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2 reviews

 

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 636 cc

The latest ZX-6R is a 636cc affair that sports several improvements over its predecessors, making it a crisper and more finely tuned weapon with excellent steering and lots of punch. The inclusion of …

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1 review

 

S1000RR (customised) [12]
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BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR (customised) [12]

Sports Bike; Number of Cylinders: 4

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1 review

 

CBR 600 RR (customised) [09]
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Honda CBR600RR (customised) [09]

Sports Bike; Number of Cylinders: 4

Excellent fueling and a simply fantastic handling make this CBR600RR a real pleasure to ride that's also a great choice for those wanting to improve their turning chops. Fast Bikes were pleased …

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1 review

 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (customised) [08]
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (customised) [08]

Sports Bike

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Ducati 848 Evo Corse SE (customised)
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Ducati 848 Evo Corse SE (customised)

Sports Bike; Number of Cylinders: 2; No ABS as standard

It definitely needs some getting used to, but this version of Ducati's 848 Evo Corse SE has a lot going for it thanks to its fantastic rear end, eye-catching looks and lovely noise. However, …

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1 review

 

YZFR1 (98 kW) [13]
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Yamaha YZF-R1 (98 kW) [13]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 998 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

There's a lot to like about the YZF-R1, for example its superb crossplane crank, traction control and big overall feel, but Fast Bikes also felt slightly underwhelmed considering what Yamaha is …

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1 review

 

Ducati 848
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Ducati 848

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 849 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; No ABS as standard

Almost 20 years of changes have given the 848 a sleek, luxurious appearance and increasingly higher maximum speeds. It's a fantastically stable and sophisticated ride that definitely leaves …

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3 reviews

 

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 (72 kW) [02]

Sports Bike; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

As far as looks go, this wouldn't be most people's first choice, but if you can get over its drab styling, Fast Bikes reckon you'll find a lot to like in Kawasaki's ZX-6R 636.

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5 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue September 2012 Pound stretchers How much quality can you possible squeeze out of a £1,500 budget? According to Fast Bikes' head-to-head, quite a bit - if you make the right choices. In test: Four budget motorcycles were reviewed and rated on the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 2 x 7 and 2 x 9 points out of 10 were awarded. … to review

BKing (120kW) [08]
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Suzuki B-King (120 kW) [08]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 1340 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The B-King is something of an acquired taste and prices haven't gone down that much from its original £9000 to the £6000 you can expect to pay nowadays for one, so you need to think carefully if

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More information at: Fast Bikes, issue December 2012 Used Bike Guide - 2008 Suzuki B-King When the B-King was only a concept bike, everybody raved about it and asked Suzuki to make it a reality. However, when it was finally built, it turned out to be slightly underwhelming and its middle-of-the-road approach led to its doom. But is it worth considering second-hand? … to review

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Sports Bike; ABS

"Plus: Feels so right it can't be wrong. Minus: Brakes judder a bit."

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12 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue Spring 2012 The longest test We've reached the time of year again to take another look at the longterm bikes from 2011 with their extra tuning and spanner work. In test: Nine bikes from 2011 were reviewed and rated. Final scores between 5 and 9 points out of 10 were awarded. … to review

Triumph Daytona 675
Triumph Daytona 675

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 675 cc; Number of Cylinders: 3; No ABS as standard

"The Triumph Daytona 675 won this year's supersport battle by the slenderest of margins ... The Triumph Daytona looks as if it's destined for the track alone, but the fabulously …

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9 reviews

 

Suzuki GSX-R 600
Suzuki GSX-R 600

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 599 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4

The Suzuki GSX-R600 has become too nice, and lost the off-the-hook rawness of the older models, which Fast Bikes would happily welcome back. They weren't keen on the white wheels or S-DMS, but …

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5 reviews

 

Yamaha YZF-R1 RN01 (110 kW) [98]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 998 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

"Plus: Power, geometry, lightweight weapon. Minus: Feels big, not all are as clean as this."

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7 reviews

 

Aprilia Tuono V4 R
Aprilia Tuono V4 R

Cubic Capacity: 1000 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The Aprilia Tuono V4 R may not be a particularly easy bike to do stunts on, but it is incredibly fast and is built with an excellent chassis, motor and electronics. Fast Bikes were impressed by the …

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3 reviews

 

 

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Used Bike Guide - 2008 KTM RC8 Fast Bikes November 2011 - It's already been eight years since KTM showed off the prototype of the RC8 at 2003's Tokyo Motorshow. It was another five years until it was ready for release in 2008, but KTM's first superbike still looks bang up-to-date.

Serious Stuff Fast Bikes April 2011 - The Suzuki GSX-R600 impressed us mightily in Almeria at its launch, but how does it perform closer to home?

Suzuki GSX-R750 Fast Bikes June 2011 - A GSX-R750 may be the perfect compromise but has it made enough progress in its new 2011 guise?

MV Brutale R1090 Fast Bikes May 2012 - MV Augusta's Brutale has always been a crazy ride, and the latest model to hit the road doesn't show any signs of being any saner than its predecessors.

Suzuki GSX-R750L1 Fast Bikes May 2011 - A major weight loss, new chassis, big piston fork and Brembo brakes, but with no direct competition, signs of complacency too.

Kawasaki ZX-10R Fast Bikes February 2011 - Japan finally mans up and has produced a bike to take the fight to the BMW S 1000 RR. Say hello to the new German nemesis - Kawasaki's 2011 ZX-10R.

Benelli TNT R160 Fast Bikes May 2011 - When you've been in business for 100 years, you need to celebrate by building something dynamite.

Kawasaki ZX-10R Fast Bikes May 2011 - After debuting in the Middle East, it's time to bring the new Ninja to the west to check its UK dexterity.

Prize fighters Fast Bikes October 2012 - The naked bike class has evolved in leaps and bounds, going from impossible-to-control fatties to all-rounders covering all the angles. Here are three of the best models the current market has to offer. Review details: Three naked bikes were reviewed and rated on the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 1 x 6, 1 x 8 and 1 x 9 out of 10 points were awarded.

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With a sport bike, the sports-oriented motorcyclist can casually venture into the field of performance race machines. Sport bikes are usually manufactured as 600cc or 1000cc machines, where all components are aligned for an optimal weight / performance ratio. Additionally, manufacturers are once again placing a strong emphasis on drivability and ergonomics.


For motorcyclists who want uncompromising sportiness and are prepared to make concessions in terms of day-to-day and touring use, a sport bike is the only real option. These bikes come under the scope of race machines due to their handling characteristics and performance values. Most sport bikes are currently built as 600cc or 1000cc models, though a few manufacturers still build the once very popular 750cc models. Sport bikes derive their dynamics from an extremely optimised ratio between engine power and weight, which in some cases is now even 1kg per hp or less. The market is dominated by four-cylinder engines, although some manufacturers also offer two or three cylinders. Despite the light weight construction achieved through the use of materials such as aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre, sport bikes have an extremely stable suspension and advanced braking technology, in order to bring racing technology safely onto the roads. They are not really recommended for beginners or those returning to motorcycling after some time away, this is because, particularly at the upper power ranges they possess a high level of torque, and require a very sure control of the motorbike. Sport bikes are therefore used less frequently for day-to-day travel than they are for occasional trips or on race tracks – in any case riding through traffic on one is very rare. In the past few years, some well known manufacturers have endeavoured to push the engine performance potential to the limits, even given the new constraints on noise and emissions. Particularly in the 600cc class, a power of 200hp has been reached, and this is technically very difficult to exceed. Instead the development and sales strategy sets out with a concept to increase driveability and ergonomics, and reduce weight. Measured purely in engine performance, these machines fall behind their competitors, but with their lightweight construction, weight / performance ratio, rpm and driving dynamics, these models are still able to satisfy their customers.