From a personal standpoint the 09-present Yamaha YZFR1 is the bike to own if you’re in the market for a new super sportbike in the liter class. Riders today fall into many different classes though many are attracted to the same class of bike. There’s the cruisers- the riders that want a bike with an insane amount of power and potential, but don’t intend to really use it, or they can’t use it. This doesn’t bother them for they are more satisfied with simply having the ride. There’s the Street Dwellers – the riders that buy that bike with power and potential, and without any advanced knowledge of riding, try take the bike to the max any chance they can get. Usually the Dwellers have a hard time keeping their hobbies alive, due to insurance, medical bills and law enforcement. Then there’s the Track Riders. These people have taken extra time to get themselves out to the racetrack and start learning the real potential of the super sport bike. Though the R1 has clearly been designed for the track, it has something to give to all three of the classes.
Suzuki introduced the GSX-R1000 in 2001 to replace the GSX-R1100, since then we have seen Suzuki continue to produce high performance quality machines both on the race track and for recreational riding. For 2012, the GSX-R1000 lets everyone know at a glance that it’s the latest generation of the championship-winning supersport bikes that have dominated racetracks around the world. It features new colors and a variety of new styling elements, including new sporty instruments, new black fork tubes and new red pinstripes on the wheels. Put it all together and the GSX-R1000 offers incredible engine performance from idle to redline, smoother suspension performance, even more responsive handling and superior braking performance – exactly what you need to Own The Racetrack.
Pictured above it what appears to be the brand new 2012 Honda CBR 1000RR 20th anniversary edition. The photos show the new CBR1000RR in HRC tri-color trim but as it’s a significant birthday, a special paint scheme might be offered to the public.
Only Polaris could unveil an off-road lineup with two new machines and 19 updated models and leave you thinking it was a fairly quiet year.
Polaris has been so active in recent years building completely new machines and giving others almost total overhauls that its 2012 lineup seems to lack the punch we’ve come to expect. But if you sit back and think about it, that’s pretty much the definition of being spoiled. It’s like Polaris is our parents and we’re a bunch of whiny kids unhappy that all we got for our birthday was a brand new bike when last year we got a pony, an X-box and a trip to the Super Bowl.
The headline feature for Kawasaki new KX450F is Launch Control, but don’t let that one item overshadow the extensive list of changes that transform this green machine into an all-new motorcycle. While Launch Control is cool, a redesigned frame, a heavily revised engine and a new electronics package are the updates that make the 2012 KX-F a better motocross bike.