In sportsbike-mad Britain, I think it’s fair to say that the annual 1000cc group test is the one we obsess about the most.As much as working out which of the latest 1000cc bikes rules is a brilliant job, it’s also a bloody difficult one thanks
There was a time, not so long ago, that sportsbikes looked as good as they went. The original YZF is a prime example. Then mass centralisation, catalytic converters and aerodynamic efficiency got in the way. Suddenly, function overtook form - and they’ve been that way ever since....
Once upon a time, engine configurations and capacities were pretty much a given. If you wanted a sportsbike you either plumped for a large, unwieldy 1000cc across-the-frame-four or, if you wanted handling, you went for a lighter, more agile 750.If
that would bring us right back to the basics of fast. Big-capacity street machines with plenty of attitude and lashings of style? Perfect. And with two new additions to the 1000cc streetbike class for this year, there’s a new winner to be chosen
’s priced to compete with the Japanese inline clones, there really is a worthy fifth option – roll on the 2010 1000cc group test – we reckon the Aprilia could be in with a shout.
for this. Simply rolling off and sharply back on the throttle should result in the front wheel becoming airborne. The trick then is regulating both bodyweight and throttle position to keep it there. On a modern 1000cc bike, start off in second gear. You
test winner, the mighty Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, has outsold the R1, making the Yamaha runner-up in the 1000cc sports sales chart.But it matters not – for sheer ingenuity and impressive engineering, Yamaha has won over an army of fans, given us all a
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