Definitive? We're not sure. Debatable? For sure! It's not about price, it's not about performance. It's about the feeling they give you. Pics courtesy of Bennetts
The mighty 903cc four with which Kawasaki redefined high-performance motorcycling in 1973 was not just the most awesomely fast and powerful superbike ever built. It was also a breathtakingly handsome machine whose high bars, teardrop tank, slinky sidepanels and colour-matched ducktail perfectly complemented its muscular, aircooled powerplant. Not that most riders of rival bikes got more than a glimpse of its upswept four-pipe exhaust system as the Z1 charged into the distance.
Good looks are all very well, but it was brutal power that earned the King its nickname. The dohc engine’s maximum output of 82bhp at 8500rpm outclassed Honda’s single-cam CB750 unit by fully 15bhp. The Z1 accelerated towards its 130mph-plus top speed with enough acceleration to rip the sleeves off its rider’s cheese-cloth shirt. In addition the engine’s tuning potential was huge, and its bottom-end strength turned the adjective “bulletproof” into a Seventies cliché.
Handling was a different story. The Zed’s blend of horsepower, high bars, marginal frame stiffness, basic twin-shock suspension and almost 250kg of fuelled-up weight made high-speed travel distinctly lively at times. Ridden hard, nothing on earth got the blood flowing like the big Zed. That merely adds to a legend which, 35 years later, shows absolutely no sign of dimming.
Posted: 16/03/2010 at 22:04
Pretty predictable list, but in my order:
Posted: 16/03/2010 at 22:43
My top 10 bikes would be:
Posted: 17/03/2010 at 15:15
Glad to see the Slabby was there (even if was the 750 and not the 1100).
I would have liked to see the RD350LC a bit higher and the RC30 at the top spot.
Personal taste I guess...
Posted: 19/03/2010 at 12:28
Posted: 20/03/2010 at 06:43
any sexier and I'll go blind...
Posted: 20/03/2010 at 08:45
Number 1. 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa, Copper.
The motorcycle that revolutionised the meaning of pure usable power and top speed.The rest are just expensive pose machines.The new MV's are expensive assesories promoted by fasion magazines as sexy.Where is the evidence to show thier worth ?
The Busa set the bench mark in aerodynamic design and linear power,something the rest of the manufacturers are only just acheiving today.
Posted: 23/03/2010 at 02:12
Pretty true to form - but they missed out a few:
Vincent Black Shadow
And more - loads for other people as it is a bit subjective, personally I'd include a VOR530SME and a CR500AF.
Posted: 24/03/2010 at 19:22
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Posted: 26/03/2010 at 17:33
HONDA X11 anyone?
no didnt think so..... love is blind as they say.
Posted: 30/03/2010 at 14:03
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Posted: 20/08/2010 at 17:24
Aaaahhh.........no. I dont feel that Ive just been reliably informed for some reason. You people have no soul. How on earth could you leave out the BMWR90S? The first 1998 R1 as well - they went downhill from there though, the new ones look like a girl addicted to plastic surgery. i.e., should be sexy but has just done a bit (a lot) too much. The RD350? Every design principle of sexiness is missing from that bike. You got number 1 right though, no contest there.
Basically it goes like this. Japanese bikes are all ugly except for their racing machines. They had a little revival in the late 90's early to mid 00's and have just gone absurd now. Italians lead the way in design and always have done basically, the Germans were hot post world war 2 up to1980 when they totally lost the plot. The Brits ? Yeah they're alright. I dont see how you could leave out the Brough Superior or the Norton Comando, though Triumph MK2 has never roused my trouser. Americans? Should stick to burgers - and they're no good either. Get that Harley out of there, Ive never seen such over ratedness in all humanity, though they'd make good tractors.
Posted: 24/08/2010 at 01:33
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Posted: 23/12/2010 at 23:19
i own a ducati 916 sps, all i can say is wherever i go, everybody from kids to chicks , elder women , men , all look and gaze at it s beauty.
and when i ride it, it s roar makes the car alarms go off, kids cry thinking they got struck by thunder, girls get wet wherever i go.
that s what i call a sexy bike, and my dream cometrue since i was an embrio .
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Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:14
God bless Nelson Mandela.
Unfaired bikes are for ballet dancers.
Posted: 26/05/2012 at 15:14
that's' a grat'e po's't yoo rote - wot a grate s'el'ectshun ov b'iks'. A'nd oll them men gazzing at choo. Oooh
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