Hyper­bike per­for­mance in a su­per­bike pack­age, with ad­vanced elec­tron­ics £87 per bhp

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Richard New­land DEPUTY ED­I­TOR

Get­ting your hands on a brand new su­per­bike has never been eas­ier, or more af­ford­able – and with the reve­la­tion this week that Suzuki’s GSX-R1000R has set the fastest quar­ter-mile time MCN has ever recorded on a pro­duc­tion su­per­bike, you’ve never had more bang for your buck, ei­ther.

The all-new GSX-R1000R blitzed its litre-bike ri­vals at Brunt­ingth­orpe Prov­ing Ground in Le­ices­ter­shire last week, nail­ing a blis­ter­ing stand­ingquar­ter mile time of just 9.98 sec­onds at a speed of 153.49mph, be­fore tramp­ing on to a gen­uine 180mph in just 16.20s. This is Hayabusa hyper­bike-beat­ing ter­ri­tory from a pack­age that boasted a true 184.93bhp on the dyno, and tips the scales at a claimed 203kg (kerb).

But per­haps the most im­pres­sive set of fig­ures come when you look at the af­ford­abil­ity of th­ese su­per­bikes on Per­sonal Con­tract Plans (PCP). There are draw­backs to this pop­u­lar route to a new bike – the pri­mary one be­ing that you don’t own it – but if that doesn’t bother you then you could be rid­ing away on a new GSX-R1000R for just £161.47 per month. That takes into ac­count a £4059.75 de­posit, and de­liv­ers a whop­ping sav­ing of over £225 per month when com­pared to an iden­ti­cally funded straight fi­nance deal* on the same bike. Clearly you’ll own the bike on the tra­di­tional fi­nance deal and won’t have to suf­fer a mileage limit, but on PCP you sim­ply roll on to an­other new one af­ter two or three years, prob­a­bly with no ad­di­tional out­lay or in­crease in pay­ments – keep­ing you at the sharp end of the mar­ket.

While the GSX-R1000R is the fastest off the line, it’s also one of the best-look­ing deals cur­rently avail­able, al­though it’s run close by the dev­as­tat­ingly ef­fec­tive new Honda Fire­blade SP, which can be se­cured for £169 per month right now – al­beit with a far more salty de­posit than the GSX-R re­quires.

If the re­lent­less march of elec­tron­ics and per­for­mance has sur­passed your needs, and you yearn for a brand-new su­per­bike with a far more ana­logue skill set, don’t de­spair. There are some crack­ing deals on the out­go­ing mod­els, too – and the Fire­blade is once again at the sharp end. How about do­ing 4000 miles this year on the 2016 model Fire­blade SP for just £129 per month? No, re­ally. And Honda are even chuck­ing a £500 de­posit con­tri­bu­tion into the pot.

Which­ever route you choose, you’re spoilt for choice. Af­ter years in the dol­drums, the su­per­bike seg­ment is back, and it’s never be­fore of­fered such com­fort, so many rider aids, or easy af­ford­abil­ity. 2017 could well be the year of the su­per­bike.

Tested power 184.93bhp Top speed 180.45mph Stand­ing qtr 9.08s @ 153.49mph 0-60mph 2.00s

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