Road Test

Superbike group test 2017: GSX-R1000R vs Fireblade vs R1 vs ZX-10R vs S1000RR - page 2

Verdict

These are all devastatingly effective sports bikes; a bit of time to settle into any one of them is all that's needed to feel right at home, in the zone, on the machine for you.

You could spend a month getting to know them all and not be sure which you love the best.

That’s what I was beginning to think towards the end of this test.

Then, for the final 10 minutes on track I tried the GSX-R again and realised, no: this was the one.

I’ve never ridden a superbike that makes the job so easy. So smooth, composed, compliant, so able to make controlling 200hp feel like second nature. I could spend a month on them all, but I think this is the one I’d be going fastest on, both on day one and day 30.

The S1000RR remains a staggeringly good machine and the R1 has a special, race-derived feel but second place goes to the ZX-10R. As on the GSX-R, I felt instantly, intuitively at home on it, with its controllable power delivery and assured handling.

However, if there was ever any doubt, the GSX-R’s quick-shifter nailed it for Suzuki. It’s the making of an already brilliant machine.

Maybe the result would have been different if Honda had given us the £19k SP version of the Blade but that’s a matter for another test.

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