Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

Superbike shootout 2017

It’s that time of year again, when we take the best superbikes on the planet and put them through their paces, and this year our superbike shootout is more thorough than ever before. Over seven days we tested every aspect of each bike to find our 2017 superbike top dog.

The sportsbike class is more competitive than ever, with the all-new Honda Fireblade SP and Suzuki GSX-R1000R looking to knock last year’s winner – the Ducati 1299 Panigale S off the top spot. Alongside those three we had the new Kawasaki ZX-10RR, Aprilia RSV4 RF, Yamaha R1M and BMW S1000RR

Superbikes 2017

Motorcyclenews reporters spent two full days putting the bikes through their paces at Rockingham Motor Speedway to find out which is the fastest on track – these bikes are sportsbikes after all.

Once the track riding was done we took the bikes on a two day road trip to Wales in torrential rain. They may be sportsbikes but they need to be able to cope with poor weather and bumpy UK roads – and the road trip certainly had plenty of both.

We also put the bikes through their paces at the drag strip – measuring 0-60mph times, top speed and braking performance before weighing them and strapping them to the dyno to see how much power they really make.

The specifications for all seven bikes are below – which do you think is the top dog for 2017?

Ducati 1299 Panigale S

Engine: 1285cc 8v L-twin
Power: [email protected],500rpm
Torque: [email protected]
Suspension: 43mm Ohlins NIX fork and single TTX shock. Electronic semi-active
Brakes: 2 x 330mm front discs with Brembo four-piston M50 monobloc radial calipers. 245mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 200/55×17 rear.
Weight: 196.2kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 17 litres
Price:~27.500$

Honda Fireblade SP

Engine: 999cc 16v inline four
Power: [email protected],500rpm
Torque: [email protected]
Suspension: 43mm Ohlins NIX fork and single TTX shock. Electronic semi-active.
Brakes: 2 x 320mm front discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc radial calipers. 220mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 190/55×17 rear.
Weight: 195.2kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 16 litres
Price:~23.000$

Suzuki GSX-R1000R

Engine: 999cc 16v inline four
Power: 184bhp13,000rpm
Torque: [email protected]
Suspension: 43mm Showa gas forks fully adjustable. Single Showa shock fully adjustable.
Brakes: 2 x 320mm front discs with Brembo four-piston M50 monobloc radial calipers. 220mm rear disc with single-piston capiler.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 190/55×17 rear.
Weight: 204kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 16 litres
Price:~20.000$

Yamaha R1M

Engine: 999cc 16v inline four
Power: [email protected],500rpm
Torque: [email protected],000rpm
Suspension: 43mm Ohlins forks and single shock. Electronic semi-active.
Brakes: 2 x320mm front discs with monobloc radial calipers. 220mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 190/55×17 rear
Weight: 201kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 17 litres
Price: ~23.500$

Aprilia RSV4 RF

Engine: 999.6cc 16v V4
Power: [email protected],000rpm
Torque: [email protected]
Suspension: 43mm Ohlins NIX forks fully adjustable. Single Ohlins TTX shock fully adjustable.
Brakes: 2 X 330mm front discs with Brembo four-piston M50 monobloc radial calipers. 220mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 200/55×17 rear.
Weight: 211kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 18.5 litres
Price: ~25.000$

BMW S1000RR

Engine: 999cc 16v inline four
Power: [email protected],000rpm
Torque: [email protected],000rpm
Suspension: 43mm Sachs fork and single shock. Electronic semi-active.
Brakes: 2 x 320mm front discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc radial calipers. 220mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 190/55×17 rear.
Weight: 211.4kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 18.5 litres
Price: ~21.500$

Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Engine: 998cc 16v inline four
Power: [email protected],000rpm
Torque: [email protected],000rpm
Suspension: 43mm Showa gas forks fully adjustable. Single Showa shock fully adjustable.
Brakes: 2 x 330mm front discs with Brembo four-piston M50 monobloc radial calipers. 220mm rear disc with single-piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70×17 front. 190/55×17 rear.
Weight: 206kg (kerb)
Tank capacity: 17 litres
Price:~21.000$