HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST SPORTS Motorcycle?

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST SPORTS Motorcycle?
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It is necessary to choose a motorcycle that is in agreement with your level of piloting. A two-wheeler with which you can become familiar and gain confidence. Sport bikes are radical machines that aim to provide their riders with thrills. They are unique and distinguish themselves from other categories by their spirit resolutely turning toward high performance.

What is the best sport bike on the market? The most powerful sports bike to have fun on the road and the track? The goal is to gain experience before eventually switching to a larger model.


WHAT IS THE ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT FOR A SPORTS MOTORCYCLE?

You don't drive a sports car like you drive a scooter. We, therefore, recommend that you provide equipment offering the best possible protection:

1. An aerodynamic, lightweight full-face helmet weighs less than 1500 grams to protect your neck.

2. A leather suit, waterproof and resistant to chafing with reinforced back protection and reinforcements at the shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips to best protect you in the event of a fall and slip.

3. High boots with reinforcements at the malleolus level, the shins, and the selector lever.

4. Gloves reinforced with Kevlar or carbon, equipped with metacarpal-phalangeal shells and a long cuff to protect your fingers and wrists

900cc to 1000cc class sports Bikes

We will first review our top of the best performing sports bikes. Then, we will guide you in your choice with our recommendations and the right questions to ask yourself to avoid being mistaken.

Ready? Get on your bike: let's go!

Honda CB1000R/CB1000R Brack Edition

·        ‌Total displacement: 998cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height: 830mm‌‌

·        Vehicle weight: 213 kg

Sports naked standing at the top of the new generation CB series. It features a powerful engine inherited from the CBR1000RR, a steel mono-backbone frame, SFF-BP inverted forks, and modern, safe racer-style styling.

With the model change in March 2021, the front of the thin LED headlights has a large slant, and the teardrop-shaped case and light guide have increased the impact of the front mask. In addition, the radiator shroud design and other parts have been renewed to emphasize the sense of concentration. In addition, convenience has been improved by the newly equipped Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVCS), which can be operated by smartphone and Bluetooth and can be operated by voice input.

MV AGUSTA F3

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Engine: 798cc,3 cylinders.

·        Power: 147 horsepower.

·        Weight: 173 kg.

·        Transmission: 6 gears.

·        Saddle height: 830 mm.

MV Agusta is one of those exclusive manufacturers, little known to the general public, but extremely talented. It offers several exceptional models, but the most symbolic sports car in its range is undoubtedly the F3 RR. The MV Agusta F3 RR extracts nearly 150 horsepower from its 3-cylinder engine. It should not be taken lightly if it is not the most powerful model of this top. With its featherweight, it can take you to 240 km/h without any worries and give you thrills with its "quick-shift" gearbox, its many aluminum and carbon parts, its ABS, and its Brembo braking system.

YAMAHA MT-10/MT-10 ABS/MT-10 SP ABS

·        displacement: 997cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height: 825mm‌‌

·        Vehicle weight: 210 kg

Based on machines such as the CP4 engine inherited from the super sports YZF-R1, the naked sports were designed to emphasize street driving. Following the model change since its debut in 2016, it will be released in Europe in February 2022 (SP is mid-2022), and the model for Japan is likely to be introduced after autumn.

The latest model is equipped with the latest R1-based engine that clears the Euro 5 regulations, and the maximum output is 165.9PS, which is about 5PS higher than the previous model. In addition, the various electronic control devices are also equipped with a 6-axis IMU, which has been upgraded to the latest specifications with high. Still, the new model has been improved and adopts a special color graphic.

YAMAHA MT-09 ABS/MT-09 SP ABS

·        Total displacement: 888cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 3-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height: 825mm‌‌

·        Vehicle weight: 189 kg

Among Yamaha's Naked Sports MT series, the MT-09, which is the one that highlights the individuality of the series, will undergo a full model change in August 2021.

Based on the concept of "The Rodeo Master," which pursues the joy of manipulating a powerful machine, the water-cooled parallel 3-cylinder engine has been greatly improved, including an increase in displacement to 888cc. The newly designed frame is lightweight, the dimensions have been reviewed, and various electronic controls that support riding controlled by the IMU are also available.

Not only does it improve performance, but it also gives a more exciting styling. It expresses a sense of torque and acceleration with attention to the intake and exhaust sound. In addition, an advanced version SP with Ohlin's rear suspension, exclusive inverted fork, and the exclusive color is also available.

The 2022 model only updates the coloring. The SP has a silver fuel tank to coordinate with Yamaha's flagship model "YZF-R1M" and improve its premium feel.

DUCATI PANIGALE V2

·        ‌‌Engine: 955cc, twin cylinder.

·        Power: 155 horsepower.

·        Weight: 200 kg.

·        Transmission: 6 gears.

·        Saddle height: 840 mm.

We stay under the sun of the Italian tracks with the Ducati Panigale V2. At its handlebars, we find great performance thanks to its emblematic V-twin of more than 150 horsepower. With its monocoque aluminum frame, monobloc Brembo pistons, and its light weight of 175 kg empty, it is an excellent motorcycle as efficient on the track as on the open road. We would have included the Panigale V4 in our selection: one of the most powerful machines in the world directly inspired by the competition. But, it is exclusively reserved for use on the track. We will content ourselves with the Panigale V2, which is already a very high-level mount.

SUZUKI GSX-S1000‌

·        ‌Total displacement: 998cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height‌‌: 810mm

·        Vehicle weight: 214kg

Suzuki's high-performance naked GSX-S1000, which was popular as a model that combines excellent power performance with a powerful engine inherited from the GSX-R1000, light handling realized with a special aluminum frame, etc., and unique styling, will be released in August 2021. First model changes in a month.

The most significant change is that the curved styling of the previous model has been redesigned into a straight styling with a sharp image, equipped with winglets near the radiator shroud. The basic mechanism side brushes up the conventional model. The engine adopted an electronically controlled throttle and throttle-by-wire, and the maximum output was also improved. The drive mode and traction control are also highly functional.

Kawasaki Z1000

·        Total displacement: 1043cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height: 815mm‌‌

·        Vehicle weight: 220kg

The highest model of Kawasaki's Super Naked Z series. The strong acceleration performance of the matured 1043cc water-cooled inline-four engine, the agile handling of the SFF-BP and horizontal back-link rear suspension, and the aggressive styling based on the "Sugomi" concept are attractive.

Kawasaki Z H2/Z H2 SE

  • Total displacement: 998cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height: 830mm‌‌

·        Vehicle weight: 240 kg

A high-performance naked model that inherits the water-cooled straight four engines with a supercharger exerts extreme power from the premium sports H2 series that represents Kawasaki. The exterior adopts aggressive styling called the "SUGOMI" style.

The suspension was upgraded by installing electronic control technologies such as KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) and Showa's Skyhook EERA (Electronic Control Ride Adjust) technology. A high-grade SE has appeared.

Kawasaki Z900/Z900 SE/Z900 50th Anniversary

·        Total displacement: 948cc‌‌

·        Engine type: Water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder‌‌

·        Seat height: 800mm‌‌

·        Vehicle weight: 213kg

Upper middle model of the Z series. The 2020 full model change includes a review of the exterior design, engine, and frame, an integrated riding mode that integrates and controls the traction control and power modes, and a color LCD meter that can be connected to a smartphone.

In the 2022 model, the SE, which will be a high-end model, will appear. The rear suspension has been changed to a high-precision Ohlins S46, and the front fork has a damping adjustment function on the compression side. The front brake has also been upgraded to a Brembo caliper and rotor and a Nissin radial pump master.

The "Z900 50th Anniversary" is a specially equipped vehicle for the 50th anniversary of the Z series, with a 1980s-style coloring reminiscent of the Z1100GP (1981), the Z 50th-anniversary logo on the fender, and lettering on the shroud.

YAMAHA YZF-R1

  • Engine: 998cc, 4 cylinders.
  • Power: 200 horsepower.
  • Weight: 201 kg.
  • Transmission: 6 gears.
  • Saddle height: 855 mm

Yamaha is not to be outdone with its famous super sports range soberly titled R (sometimes also YZF). It comes in several versions: R3, R6, R7, and even R125. But it is indeed the Yamaha R1 that will provide you with the highest level of performance for your future outings. The Yamaha YZF-R1, with its aerodynamic bodywork directly inspired by the Yamaha M1 (the MotoGPñ version), its liquid-cooled engine, its diamond-cut aluminum frame, and its featherweight, is packed with power and technology.

BMW M 1000 RR

  • ‌Engine: 999 cc, 4 cylinders.
  • Power: 212 horsepower.
  • Weight: 192 kg.
  • Transmission: 6 gears.
  • Saddle height: 832 mm

Sports car enthusiasts will immediately recognize the letter. BMW features its famous M crest (for Motorsport), synonymous with performance and prestige, on its latest sports car. A two-wheeler without compromise, which will be as comfortable on the road as on the track.

The BMW M 1000 RR features aluminum parts, carbon wheels, fins, one of the world's best braking systems, and an Akrapovič exhaust system made entirely of titanium. With its 4-cylinder inline engine that exceeds 210 horsepower and a breaker beyond 15,000 rpm, it is undoubtedly one of the most extreme sports bikes.

How to drive a sports motorcycle?

Never forget the importance of the look. Your big cube motorcycle will always tend to go where you look. So look up, away, and aim for the exit from every corner. The look is all the more important when riding a sport bike at high speeds.

One of the greatest dangers for all motorcyclists is not being seen by motorists. Always make sure that other road users notice you. Watch out for blind spots when passing others. And anticipate their actions as much as possible to stay out of harm's way.

As you know, sports motorcycles are machines designed for extreme use. In addition to taking care of yourself, you must also take care of it in order to prolong its lifespan. So give it time to warm. Up before going up the towers.

Finally, monitor the condition of your tires and your braking system: they represent your best safety on the road and the circuit. Your tires must therefore be in perfect condition to safely lean into bends.