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

Suzuki GSX-R1000 | Price: $13,799

Ergos
Even with the footpegs in the high position the Gixxer still has ample legroom, and its short seat-to-bar distance makes for a fairly upright riding position. Its only drawback is a hard seat.

Dyno
The Suzuki’s smooth, soaring power curves are more impressive on paper than they are in the real world. Tall gearing makes the Gixxer feel sluggish down low, but it’s a beast above 8000 rpm.

Tech Spec
 
Engine type: l-c inline-four
 
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
 
Displacement: 999cc
 
Bore x stroke: 74.5 x 57.3mm
 
Compression: 12.9:1
 
Fuel system: EFI
 
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
 
Transmission: 6-speed
 
Measured horsepower: 155.2 bhp @ 11,800 rpm
 
Measured torque: 75.7 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm
 
Corrected ¼ mile: 10.16 sec. @ 142.00 mph
 
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 2.49 sec.
 
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 33/31/32 mpg
 
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
 
Front suspension: Showa 41mm 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 Brembo Monobloc radial four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
 
Rear brake: Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
 
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Hypersport S20F
 
Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 Bridgestone Hypersport S20R
 
Rake/trail: 23.5º/3.9 in.
 
Seat height: 31.9 in.
 
Wheelbase: 55.3 in
 
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
 
Weight (tank full/empty): 447/420 lbs.
 
Colors: White/black, black/silver
 
Available: Now
 
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
 
Contact: American Suzuki Motor Co.
P.O. Box 1100
Brea, CA 92822
714.996.7040
www.suzukicycles.com

Yamaha YZF-R1 | Price: $14,490 (As Tested)

Ergos
Smooth power, soft suspension, great wind protection and spacious ergos are ruined by jerky throttle response and enough radiant heat to roast your backside, thighs and feet.

Dyno
From the saddle you’d never guess the YZF-R1’s power curves look like a pair of roller coasters. The midrange feels strong, but power plateaus at 10,000 rpm, making it seem sluggish on the track.

Tech Spec
 
Engine type: l-c inline-four
 
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
 
Displacement: 998cc
 
Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 52.2mm
 
Compression: 12.7:1
 
Fuel system: EFI
 
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
 
Transmission: 6-speed
 
Measured horsepower: 146.8 bhp @ 12,000 rpm
 
Measured torque: 75.1 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm
 
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.37 sec. @ 138.25 mph
 
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 2.97 sec.
 
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 35/28/32 mpg
 
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
 
Front suspension: YHSJ 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
 
Rear suspension: YHSJ shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
 
Front brake: Dual Sumitomo radial six-piston calipers, 310mm discs
 
Rear brake: Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
 
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier II
 
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier II
 
Rake/trail: 24.0º/4.0 in.
 
Seat height : 32.9 in.
 
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
 
Fuel capacity: 4.8 gal.
 
Weight (tank full/empty): 475/446 lbs.
 
Colors: White/red, blue/white, black
 
Availability: Now
 
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
 
Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yamaha-motor.com

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