Honda CBR1000RR vs. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R vs. Suzuki GSX-R1000 vs. Yamaha YZF-R1 | The Big Four's Big Four

Class of 2012 Part I

By Ari Henning, Photography by Adam Campbell, Joe Neric

Honda CBR1000RR | Price $13,800

Ergos
The CBR1000RR has the tightest ergos here. Narrow clip-ons and high footpegs are best for shorter riders and worst for taller ones. The seat is the softest, but wind protection is lacking.

Dyno
The Honda doesn’t make the most horsepower, but its power curves float above the others’ from idle on up to 10,000 rpm. That added midrange grunt makes it feel the strongest on the street.

Tech Spec
 
Engine type: l-c inline-four
 
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
 
Displacement: 999cc
 
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.1mm
 
Compression: 12.3:1
 
Fuel system: EFI
 
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
 
Transmission: 6-speed
 
Measured horsepower: 150.3 bhp @ 10,600 rpm
 
Measured torque: 76.8 lb.-ft. @ 9600 rpm
 
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.13 sec. @ 139.88 mph
 
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 2.81 sec.
 
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 38/35/36 mpg
 
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
 
Front suspension: Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
 
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
 
Front brake: Dual Tokico radial four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with optional C-ABS
 
Rear brake: Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc with optional C-ABS
 
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Hypersport S20F
 
Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 Bridgestone Hypersport S20R
 
Rake/trail: 23.3°/3.8 in.
 
Seat height: 32.3 in.
 
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
 
Fuel capacity: 4.7 gal.
 
Weight (tank full/empty): 445/417 lbs.
 
Colors: Black, red/black, red/white/blue
 
Available: Now
 
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
 
Contact: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 2200
Torrance, CA 90509
866.784.1870
www.powersport.honda.com

Kawasaki ZX-10R | Price $13,999

Ergos
Excellent wind protection and spacious ergos make this cruise missile surprisingly comfortable on the highway. The contoured bodywork provides good body contact points at the racetrack.

Dyno
Kawasaki’s ZX-10R boasts the most peak power, but doesn’t feel ferocious until you crest that hump at 8000 rpm. Beyond that, the big Ninja puts down smooth, arm-stretching thrust.

Tech Spec
 
Engine type: l-c inline-four
 
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
 
Displacement: 998cc
 
Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
 
Compression: 13.0:1
 
Fuel system: EFI
 
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
 
Transmission: 6-speed
 
Measured horsepower: 157.9 bhp @ 11,600 rpm
 
Measured torque: 73.2 lb.-ft. @ 10,800 rpm
 
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.27 sec. @ 142.57 mph
 
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 2.90 sec.
 
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 38/35/36 mpg
 
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
 
Front suspension: Showa 43mm Big Piston Fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
 
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
 
Front brake: Dual Tokico radial four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
 
Rear brake: Tokico one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
 
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT016
 
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT016
 
Rake/trail: 25.0°/4.2 in.
 
Seat height: 32.1 in.
 
Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
 
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
 
Weight (tank full/empty): 442/415 lbs.
 
Colors: Green, black, red
 
Available: Now
 
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
 
Contact: Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

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