This Season’s Most Exotic Superbikes | Class of 2013

One-Percent Rides

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing

Ergos

A short seat-to-bar distance makes the Aprilia look compact on paper, but a long, flat saddle that’s easy to slide back and forth on makes the bike feel roomier on the road. This is the tightest seat-to-peg measurement here due to a 10mm lower seat. Tall riders take note.

Who says sportbikes have to be uncomfortable? If there’s an ergonomic sweet spot, this is it. More than any measurement, it’s the lack of vibration, excellent wind protection, effective heat management, and soft-yet-supportive seat that make the BMW really comfortable.

Despite small overall dimensions, the Ducati offers plenty of legroom. Unfortunately, you’ll be too busy cursing the rock-hard, overheated saddle to notice! Uniquely positioned, high, wide, and flat clip-ons open your upper body and enhance bike control.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory | Price $19,999

Engine type: l-c 65-deg. V-4

Valve train: DOHC, 16v

Displacement: 999.6cc

Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm

Compression: 13.0:1

Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 153.7 bhp @ 12,600 rpm

Measured torque: 72.6 lb.-ft. @ 9800 rpm

Corrected ¼-mile: 10.27 sec. @ 141.57 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.79 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 40/32/36.5 mpg

Frame: Aluminum twin-spar

Front suspension: Öhlins 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low speed compression and rebound damping

Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston Monoblock calipers, 320mm discs with ABS

Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 320mm disc with ABS

Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rear tire: 200/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rake/trail: 24.5°/4.1 in.

Seat height: 33.3 in.

Wheelbase: 55.9 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 465/438 lbs.

Colors: Special Edition black/red/white/green

Availability: Now

Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact: www.apriliausa.com


BMW HP4 | Price $24,995

Engine type: l-c inline-four

Valve train: DOHC, 16v

Displacement: 999.0cc

Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm

Compression: 13.0:1

Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 177.5 bhp @ 13,300 rpm

Measured torque: 77.1 lb.-ft. @ 10,300

Corrected ¼-mile: 9.82 sec. @ 150.01 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.41 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 38/29/33 mpg

Frame: Aluminum twin-spar

Front suspension: Sachs 46mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low speed compression and rebound damping

Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston Monoblock calipers, 320mm discs with ABS

Rear brake: Brembo single-piston 220mm disc with ABS

Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rear tire: 200/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rake/trail: 24.0°/3.9 in.

Seat height: 32.3 in.

Wheelbase: 56.0 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 445/418 lbs.

Colors: Racing Blue Metallic/Light White

Availability: Now

Warranty: 36 mo., 36,000 mi.

Contact: www.bmwmotorcycles.com


Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Price $29,995

Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twin

Valve train: DOHC, 8v

Displacement: 1199.0cc

Bore x stroke: 112.0 x 60.8mm

Compression: 12.5:1

Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 154.2 bhp @ 10,600 rpm

Measured torque: 81.5 lb.-ft. @ 9000 rpm

Corrected ¼-mile: 9.99 sec. @ 143.93 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.55 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 36/28/33 mpg

Frame: Aluminum monocoque

Front suspension: Öhlins 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping

Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston Monoblock calipers, 330mm discs with ABS

Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc with ABS

Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rear tire: 200/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rake/trail: 24.5°/3.9 in.

Seat height: 32.5 in.

Wheelbase: 56.6 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 431/404 lbs.

Colors: Red

Availability: Now

Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact: www.ducati.com

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