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.