Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Our squadron of su­per­bikes bat­tled a stiff 20mph head­wind down Brunt­ingth­orpe Prov­ing Ground’s two-mile long run­way, so top speeds were down slightly across the board. But that didn’t stop our speed tester Bruce Dunn push­ing the lim­its of ac­cel­er­a­tion and brak­ing.

On out­right top speed the Honda’s su­pe­rior are­o­dy­nam­ics saw it come out on top, de­spite a power deficit.

But the Suzuki stole the show with its smooth and ac­ces­si­ble en­gine by not only beat­ing the reign­ing 0-60mph and quar­ter-mile litre bike king, the S1000RR, but also set­ting a new MCN record for a su­per­bike quar­ter mile – post­ing a 9.98s quar­ter mile from a stand­ing start. It also went sub-3 sec­onds for a 0-60mph time, as well as post­ing the quick­est zero-toflat out time, by reach­ing 180mph in 16.2s.

The big power Aprilia and Du­cati suf­fered, sim­ply be­cause their ex­cess of power made them dif­fi­cult to man­age.

In terms of brak­ing, the BMW and Du­cati beat the rest by pulling up two me­tres shorter than the GSX-R.

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