Supersport motorbikes are models that are closest in performance to the bikes used by manufacturers in competitions such as the Superbike World Championship or even the Endurance World Championship. Here are five models that represent the top end of the super sport performance range:
Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade SP
The 30th anniversary of the Honda CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade SP in 2022 could not be missed, and as such the Japanese manufacturer has launched the new special 30th Anniversary version, where it was presented at the 2021 EICMA.
Source: 22YM HONDA CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP 30TH ANNIVERSARY
On a technical level, the inline four-cylinder engine delivers 217 horsepower at 14,500 rpm and reaches a maximum torque of 112 Nm at 12,500 rpm. It has been improved, particularly in torque, for superior acceleration in the middle of the turn. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been optimized to achieve better traction management of the rear tyre. The various HRC riders contributed to this.
This model is iconic for the Japanese brand and remains a benchmark in the super sport range, promising much more in 2023.
- Ducati Panigale V4 R
With this bike, Ducati once again confirms its vocation: to offer its entheniasts the most sophisticated and refined technological solutions, which bring the super sport road bike even closer to the competition bikes used in the Superbike World Championship.
Source: © 2017 Ducati Motor Holding spa
At the heart of this Panigale V4 R is the new 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R, an engine capable of reaching 16,500 rpm in sixth gear (16,000 in other gears) and delivering a maximum power of 218 hp at 15,500 rpm (Euro 5 homologation) - benchmark figures in the field of sports bikes with the same displacement.
The new Desmosedici Stradale R, despite all the improvements, offers a slightly reduced performance compared to the previous version, due to the limitations generated by the exhaust system to correspond to the strict Euro 5 homologation. The full potential of this engine, however, is expressed on the track, by fitting the competition exhaust, which allows it to reach 237 hp, 3 hp more than its predecessor.
- Kawasaki ZX-10 RR
Kawasaki's new 2023 ZX-10RR has been revealed by Kawasaki with some, not surprising, changes from previous years.
© 2021 Kawasaki Motors Europe N.V.
The ZX-10RR reaches 217 hp and has its peak power at 14,000 rpm. It also has different types of valve springs, camshafts and pistons, sourced from Pankl, and in addition it has Marchesini wheels with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres. For the suspension, the 43 mm Balance Free forks from before are back at the front - where there's also a 330 mm brake disc and four-piston radial calipers from Brembo. At the rear is a gas-charged BFRC shock absorber that features preload adjustment.
- BMW M 1000 RR
With the further development of the BMW M 1000 RR, M RR for short, BMW Motorrad is setting a new milestone in the field of race-approved superbikes.
The new M RR has a liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder engine designed for racing, especially for the Superbike World Championship. As before, its maximum power is 156 kW (212 hp) at 14,500 rpm. The frame of the new M RR is also made of aluminium, complemented by an inverted fork and a central suspension mount with Full Floater Pro kinematics.
- Yamaha R1 GYTR
The Yamaha R1 is one of the most competitive bikes in Superbike racing. The new R1 GYTR, developed by Yamaha's team of professional racing technicians, is a fully prepared track-only superbike that is supplied to competition specification through GYTR PRO SHOPS.
Equipped with a clever package with all the parts you need for the track and all the racing components you need to enhance performance, this track machine is ready to take you to the next level.
- Aprilia RSV4 X Trenta
This is a limited edition, numbered 100 worldwide, which celebrates Aprilia's first world championship victory. Developed exclusively by the Aprilia Racing Department, this is the most advanced bike ever made available to the public, and as far as performance is concerned, the figures speak for themselves: 230 CV, 166 kg and competition suspensions and electronics.
The carbon chassis is manufactured according to the procedures used in MotoGP and aerodynamic solutions are present both in the front and rear, resulting in a 25% higher aerodynamic load and a 4% decrease in drag. The electronics are controlled by a Magneti Marelli control unit with specific calibration.