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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

2 reviews

 

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

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Honda VFR750R RC30 (82 kW) [88]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 748 cc

Only those with a huge amount of cash to burn will be able to get their hands on a VFR750R RC30, but this legend is worth every single penny according to Fast Bikes thanks to its iconic looks, insane

1 review

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue September 2012 1980s Bike Guide - 1988 Honda VFR750 RC30 An iconic model and serious candidate to the title of 'Best motorcycle ever', the VFR750 RC 30 still impresses after more than 20 years. But will you find one at a decent price? … 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

1 review

 

 
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,

2 reviews

 

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

Aprilia Tuono V4 R
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Aprilia Tuono V4 R

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

On the track, the Aprilia Tuono V4 R out-does the Ducati and the KTM in terms of suspension and electronics, and even on the road, Fast Bikes say it's a tough act to follow. The RSV4-like …

3 reviews

 

HP4 ABS (142 kW) [12]
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BMW Motorrad HP 4 ABS (142 kW) [12]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 999 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; ABS

The HP4 is based on BMW's own CBR600RR, but it's even crazier thanks to its impressive electronics and new exhaust, making it a riot to ride. Fast Bikes were amazed by its stability and …

1 review

 

Tuono V4R APRC (123 kW) [12]
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Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC (123 kW) [12]

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

With its superb engine, impressively precise handling, excellent setup and high-tech electronics, the Tuono V4 R APRC is quite a winner, Fast Bikes said. It's a bit smoother than many rivals and …

1 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

1 review

 

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

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Yamaha YZF-R7 (78 kW) [99]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 749 cc

Despite throwing all of its resources and brains at the YZF-R7, Yamaha still didn't manage to win the 2000 WSB title. However, this is still a superb machine that's difficult to top. The

1 review

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue November 2012 1990s Bike Guide - Yamaha YZF-R7 The 1999 YZF-R7 was the result of Yamaha splurging on R&D without worrying about costs. The result? The most revolutionary motorbike the market had seen until then. … to review

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Suzuki GSX-R 750 SRAD

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 750 cc

The only real flaw that Fast Bikes could find with the GSX-R 750 SRAD was its brakes, since they're a product of its time. That aside, however, this is a stunning bike that feels as lively as it

1 review

 

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

 
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Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Sports Bike

Although the CBR900RR Fireblade's default tyres could be better, overall it's an easy bike to ride in Fast Bike's opinion, who said that its superb handling and steering made it feel …

1 review

 

Ninja ZX6R (96 kW) [05]
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (96 kW) [05]

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

The harshness and unforgiveness of Kawasaki's ZX-6R could be serious drawbacks for some, but in Fast Bikes' opinion, there's a lot here to make up for it, from its fantastic chassis to …

1 review

 

Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS (29 kW) [13]
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Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS (29 kW) [13]

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 296 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

Apart from the awful tyres, there's a lot to love in Kawasaki's Ninja 300, with Fast Bikes praising its nice looks, speed, perfect size and fantastic handling. The brakes could be better, …

2 reviews

 

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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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

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Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD (75kW) [99]

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

Reviewers at Fast Bikes were appalled that the Suzuki GSX-R600 didn't have any brakes at all, suggesting that a radical overhaul might be in order. Overall build quality and looks are nothing to

3 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue November 2012 Supersport superheroes Think the supersport class is over and done with? You might want to reconsider that after seeing these four models... In test: Four supersport bikes were reviewed and rated under the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 1 x 7 and 3 x 8 points out of 10 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 …

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 …

1 review

 

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

Sports Bike; Number of Cylinders: 4

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 …

1 review

 

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

Sports Bike

1 review

 

 

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Sportsbike of the year Fast Bikes August 2012 - It's that time of the year again when Fast Bikes put together the best rides they've had the pleasure to test and pit them against one another. Which one will take the crown? Review details: Ten sportsbikes were reviewed and rating under the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores between 6 and 10 points out of 10 were awarded.

Class A hits Fast Bikes January 2013 - Beginners' bikes are usually expensive and underpowered, so there's usually little to get excited about. Honda and Kawasaki, however, have launched two new machines which have made Fast Bikes sit up and pay attention... Review details: Two bikes were reviewed and rated on the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 1 x 6 and 1 x 9 points out of 10 were awarded.

Pure exotica Fast Bikes June 2012 - Ducati's latest top-of-the-range machine redefines the term 'superbike' by including everything you might wish for and then adding a few features more for good measure. Fast Bikes pit it against two of the very best superbikes on the market to see how it stands up to the challenge. Review details: Three superbikes were reviewed and rated under the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 1 x 8 and 2 x 10 points out of 10 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.