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Top 10 Sportsbikes of 2019 (so far)

Fast, fun and more accessible than you think, Sportsbikes get our hearts racing in all the right ways - these are the Top 10 Sportsbikes of 2019 (so far)

WITH a host of new or facelifted sportsbikes to choose from this year, the options for the Top 10 Sportsbikes of 2019 are varied and exciting.

In this Top 10 we aren’t just going to focus on the 1000cc and over brigade, we’re going to pick the best CBT friendly sportsbike, the best A2 sportsbike, the best middle-weight sports bike, and the best 1000cc+ sportsbike - including the all-new Yamaha R1

Top 10 Sportsbikes of 2019 (so far)

10 - Aprilia RS 125



Quick Specs - Aprilia RS 125
Price£4,700
Engine124cc 4 stroke single
Weight126kg
BHP15bhp

At a glance, the baby RSV is almost indistinguishable from it’s bigger and faster brother, the new RSV4 1100. With an aggressive riding position, firm suspension and lightweight, the Aprilia makes an ideal B-road weapon, although slightly harsh on the daily commute.

9 - Kawasaki Ninja 125



Quick Specs - Kawasaki Ninja 125
Price£4,399
Engine125cc 4-stroke Single
Weight164kg
BHP14.8

With its big-bike looks and team-green paintjob, the Ninja 125 is about as much bike as you can get on a CBT. With its punchy motor, head-turning looks and handling to match, Kawasaki have created a fun and easy to ride learner legal motorcycle.

8 - Honda CBR500R



Quick Specs - Honda CBR500R
Price£6,099
Engine471cc 4 stroke parallel twin
Weight192kg
BHP46.2bhp

Honda’s sweet handling CBR500R is a jewel of a bike, that really shouldn’t be overlooked in favour of bigger machinery. It’s comfy, quick, and enthralling to ride. Add to that Honda’s legendary reliability, cheap insurance and those baby-Blade looks – there really is very little to dislike about this bike!

7 - Kawasaki Ninja 400 Performance



Quick Specs - Kawasaki Ninja 400
Price£5,499
Engine399cc Parallel Twin
Weight168kg
BHP44.4bhp

Taking a leaf out of the H2’s book and wearing a slinky trellis frame, the Ninja 400 looks every inch the supersport machine. Only the riser bars and low-set, comfortable footpegs give a clue that this Ninja is not just a one trick pony. Once the weekend is over, the Ninja makes a surprisingly good commuter too.

6 - Honda CBR650R



Quick Specs - Honda CBR650R
Price£7,729
Engine649cc 4-stroke In-line 4
Weight207kg
BHP94bhp

Like the CBR500R only a tad heavier, twice as much power and the same eye-catching looks. The launch of the CBR650R was in Almeria, just north of the circuit. The mix of fast straights, sweeping bends and grippy tarmac made for a very memorable experience indeed.

5 - Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade



Quick Specs - Honda CBR1000RR
Price£15,769
Engine999cc 4-stroke In-line 4
Weight196kg
BHP186bhp

Sportsbikes don’t come much more user friendly than Honda’s ‘Blade. It’s comfier than a anything else on this list, faster than most people know what to do with and comes with that Honda piece of mind.

With no technical updates in the last year or two, and with Kawasaki running away with WorldSBK, it's widely known - if not confirmed - an all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is on the way for 2020 with a reveal in Tokyo in October 2019 highly-anticipated

4 - BMW S1000RR



Quick Specs - BMW S1000RR
Price£15,290
Engine999cc 4-stroke In-line 4
Weight197kg
BHP207bhp

For 2019, BMW’s flagship superbike has ditched the boss-eyed styling and slimmed down to make the S1000RR a much more svelte and slicker looking package that gives the Bavarian marque a very attractive range-topper. For only a second-generation model up against a host of seasoned pretenders to the sportsbike throne, the BMW S1000RR makes a very compelling argument.

Quick, slick to ride and desirable, whilst there are still some kinks to iron out in the package - which will no doubt come in time - the BMW S1000RR holds its head very high in accomplished competition. 

3 - Yamaha YZF-R1



Quick Specs - Yamaha R1
Price£16,799
Engine998cc 4-stroke In-line 4
Weight201kg
BHP200bhp

The new 2020 Yamaha R1 may looks familiar from the outset to its predocessor but the Iwata marque has worked hard on the oily bits to fine-tune what was a strong, if dated package. Indeed, the changes have brough the R1 right back up into contention with its main rivals with an updated electronics package that makes excellent use of the power in real-world situations - whilst sharpening its edge on the track - and endowing it with a soundtrack this side of a MotoGP machine.

A complete package, only its slippery aerodynamics, whilst great in carving through the air in a straight line, makes it a touch harder work through bends though this shouldn't affect it so much on the roads.

2 - Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja SE



Quick Specs - Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE
Price£18,949
Engine998cc 4-stroke In-line 4
Weight208kg
BHP203bhp

The top-spec Ninja gets a raft of electronic goodies for 2019 including, electronic steering damper, IMU, quickshifter, race-style – cassette transmission and finger followers to help boost top end. With 213hp at full chat – yes that frontal airscoop actually increases the bhp at speed – the new Ninja is surely one of the most formidable superbikes of 2019

1 - Ducati Panigale V4R



Quick Specs - Ducati Panigale V4R
Price£34,995
Engine1103cc 4-stroke 16v
Weight172kg
BHP234bhp

We're already a huge fan of the Ducati Panigale V4 but the 'race-ready' Ducati Panigale V4R is a special way to really emphasise the superbike's thoroughbred DNA into a road-going package. It's blisteringly fast and emits a soundtrack that makes the hairs on your neck stand on end, with the 16,500rpm redline goading you into getting the full effect from that marvellous V4. 

Borne from the desire to give its WorldSBK riders the best possible chance to compete with Kawasaki on the racing stage, the Ducati Panigale V4R has thus sprouted wings which do their bit in keeping the power (relatively) tamed and while it thus loses some of the standard V4S' friendlier torque and more compliant ride, this is the Superbike that really emphasises what these road-to-track machines are about. 

*Prices and spec correct at time of publication

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