MCN (Motorcyclenews.com) has taken the opportunity to pit Honda and Suzuki's new bad boys of 2017 and set them up against last year's best superbikes. It's the perfect time to see what the best superbike you can get is.
Honda and Suzuki have been left behind somewhat by the superbike world as the new generation of superbikes from the last few years are pushing 200 horsepower and really raising the bar. BMW really had a game changer with its 2010 S 1000RR, which really outdid everything else in the world at the time, and while other manufacturers like Ducati, Yamaha, Aprilia and Kawasaki have really pushed the envelope with the Ducati 1299 Panigale S being given MCN's top honors last year.
Whether Honda and Suzuki have managed to catch up, that's what MCN seeks to answer. In a big shootout to see which bike is the best, the seven top superbikes in the world are brought together to duke it out on the road and in the tests. Among the bikes tests are: the Ducati 1299 Panigale S, the BMW S1000RR, Yamaha YZF-R1M, Aprilia RSV4 RF, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP and the Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Honda and Suzuki have rolled out the latter two's 2017 models, and hopefully they've managed to catch up with the competition.
MCN's testers conclude that the Suzuki GSX-R100R handles the best as a road bike over all. While it had the second weakest engine output of all the bikes tested on the dyno, it actually did the best going from 0-60 and 0-100. Part of it was from its light weight frame, as it outperformed all the other bikes in a straight line. Overall, however, MCN found that the Honda Fireblade was the best complete package.
The least of them overall was the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, followed by the Aprilia, the Suzuki, the Yamaha, the BMW, and the Ducati pulling in the first runner up.
Strictly speaking, however, all of these superbikes are within arm's reach of each other when it comes performance, and most riders won't be able to pull out the full potential of any of these bikes anyway. When it comes to choosing, you'll be better served with how much you like each in terms of looks, engine feel, sound, and configuration. Still, if you want the best of the best, the Honda Fireblade SP is where it's at.