Con­clu­sion

Fast Bikes - - CORE TEST | RULING THE ROADS -

As a cider-sup­ping South­erner who rarely gets the chance to ex­plore the North’s of­fer­ings, I have to con­grat­u­late you shandy drinkers on your fine ar­ray of epic roads. If you’ve yet to sam­ple the jaunt from Horn­cas­tle to Whitby and back down via Oliver’s Mount, you need to. This test was a timely re­minder that you can still have fun with friends on 200bhp how­itzers on the road, at le­gal speeds of course, of­fi­cer.

And of the test? We have to say it again; there isn’t a shoddy steed among 2017’s fleet of superbikes. For those who com­plain that the Aprilia is too ex­pen­sive and ques­tion why it’s lined up with this lot, the £19,999 RF is still the only model to make UK shores for some rea­son. With a fresh in­jec­tion of some Kawasaki badass, the ZX-10R could well be on par with the win­ners. It’s a sweet road bike, so long as you keep the throt­tle open.

The BMW is still the best all-rounder and will ap­pease a wider range of rid­ers. There’s al­most noth­ing wrong with it, sub­jec­tive or not, but for all four testers to vote unan­i­mously in favour of the Suzuki gives you some idea of its ap­ti­tude, es­pe­cially given 2017’s im­mense com­pe­ti­tion through­out the class.

You’re prob­a­bly read­ing this and think­ing, ‘yeah, but there’s blem­ishes,’ but the point is, we could all live with the Suzuki’s idio­syn­cra­sies know­ing it’ll out­per­form the rest and pro­vide the big­gest smile. Of all the up­grades over the stock bike, the forks de­liver the big­gest im­pact. But are the up­grades worth a whop­ping £3,000? No way. I bet Michael Dun­lop is read­ing this test, rub­bing his hands with glee.

THERE ISN’T A SHODDY STEED AMONG 2017’S FLEET OF SUPERBIKES

Mossy doesn’t do podi­ums.

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