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The Fastest Superbike
German magazine Motorrad took all the top superbikes to Nardo, in Sardinia, Italy, for a crazy flat out test.

This was not your usual test at all - Nardo is not a racetrack, but rather a HUGE, wide ring banked just enough to make it the ideal place to test vehicles flat out for as long as you wish. This is where a lot of cars/bike/tire companies come to test the absolute limits of their products. To give you an idea how big it is:





This is what they tested for:

1) true top-speed
2) acceleration 0 - 250 km/h
3) roll-on 150 - 250 km/h
4) 250 km/h - 0 braking distance

Results:

Fastest in all tests was the S1000RR:
305km/h - 10,6s - 8,3s - 235m

Second fastest was the 2010 MV Agusta F4:
297km/h - 12,0s - 10,5s - 254m

Fastest Japanese was the Kawasaki ZX10R (which also had the shortest braking distance):
295km/h - 11,7s - 10,4s - 233m

Slowest Japanese the Honda CBR1000RR (amazingly, this was the ABS bike - not a good showing):
289km/h - 12,3s - 9,1s - 261m

Followed by the Aprilia RSVR:
285km/h - 13,1s - 9,4s - 242m

Fastest twin the Ducati 1198S:
284km/h - 14,3s - 10,9s - 248m

Slowest bike overall the KTM RC8R:
282km/h - 13,5s - 11,0s - 260m

You will notice a few missing players, that's because the most important/interesting thing is the carnage that resulted from the test:

The Aprilia RSV4R destroyed a crankshaft after just 4 laps (this was a post-recall bike - the editors got really upset about this, they notified Aprilia and now they are doing an extended 50K km test to see if the problem is as common as they fear).

The GSXR 1000 put a hole in its crank-case by blowing a rod.

The R1 blew a head-gasket.

The MV F4 blew the transmission.

The KTM burned a valve.

Only BMW, Honda, Kawasaki and Ducati had no problems running full throttle on the Nardo ring.

More interesting facts: Pirelli provided a specially formulated tire just for this test, one that would not blow up (like some of the engines did).

On the braking results, the editors claimed that when braking at such extremes (well beyond what regular people do even at a track day) ABS loses a lot of its edge because the rear is going to come up no matter what. At the very end of the spectrum strong brakes and a gifted hand are going to outperform even the best ABS (but not by much, in the case of the BMW).

Highest HP number for I4s: S1000RR 187, lowest the R1 at 159. Absolute lowest the Ducati with 158 - amazingly, the KTM RC8R made 162, beating not only the Duc but even the I4s of the Honda and Yamaha!
 

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The S1000RR impresses me every time I read more about it.

What surprises me even more is all the failures. That is crazy. A super sport bike should be designed to take that kind of abuse. Seems like manufacturers are trying to squeeze out more and more power over the past 4-6 years without regard to reliability. They don't make 'em like they used to :D
 

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Yeah, I don't get that either. I mean, apart from anything else, just doing top speed runs shouldn't be that demanding; it's not like they're running them for 24 hours or anything.

I'm surprised that any of the Japanese bikes had problems, especially.

Would have been nice if they'd thrown a Hayabusa or ZX-14 in there to provide some context, too.

KeS
 

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187hp from the BMW? I think they may be sandbagging a bit on the claimed 193hp. The demo S1000RR I looked at this weekend dyno'd at 184, I thought they had a ringer. That pretty normal?
 

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interesting i love the new bmw but honestly lately the aprilla has caught my eyes. the crankshaft thing sacres me though.
 

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187hp from the BMW? I think they may be sandbagging a bit on the claimed 193hp. The demo S1000RR I looked at this weekend dyno'd at 184, I thought they had a ringer. That pretty normal?
I've seen everything from 179 t0 190 RWHP in various tests/reports. If you told me a prime specimen made 200 at the crank I wouldn't be surprised. I think they do probably average over 193.

KeS
 

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I got a really nice test ride on the S1000RR on Saturday at the BMW dealer's open house in Escondido. They had a nice loop with about a 45-minute ride, with a decently brisk pace and some nice twisties. I'll write it up in more detail.

Cliff's Notes: I need not to ride that bike anymore. It's *way* too excellent.

PhilB
 

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I got a really nice test ride on the S1000RR on Saturday at the BMW dealer's open house in Escondido. They had a nice loop with about a 45-minute ride, with a decently brisk pace and some nice twisties. I'll write it up in more detail.

Cliff's Notes: I need not to ride that bike anymore. It's *way* too excellent.
Looking forward to the full version, S1000RR is on my short list :) Like to hear how it compares on the street to the Ducati Streetfighter and Monster (also on my short list).
 

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What surprises me even more is all the failures. That is crazy. A super sport bike should be designed to take that kind of abuse. Seems like manufacturers are trying to squeeze out more and more power over the past 4-6 years without regard to reliability. They don't make 'em like they used to :D
I wasn't surprised at all. When you combine low cost and high benchracing numbers, you get these kinds of problems at the limit.
 
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