This Season’s Most Exotic Superbikes | Class of 2013

One-Percent Rides

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing

Ergos

Kawasaki’s twin-spar frame feels a little thick in the middle. Perhaps that’s why the clip-ons are so narrow and angled back, to make the bike seem slimmer than it is. It doesn’t feel uncomfortable, just atypical. Legroom is good; the saddle is great.

In the standard position, the KTM’s adjustable handlebars are almost an inch higher than the next closest bike. It’s also got the most legroom (by 1.4 inches!). If you’re tall, or just appreciate room to move around, the RC8R is the bike you want to have.

With a very long reach to the lowest bars here, MV Agusta demands what we call a “committed” riding position. Adjustable footrests are a welcome addition, and there’s enough ground clearance to run them in the lowest position without touching toes down.


Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS | Price $15,299

Engine type: l-c inline-four

Valve train: DOHC, 16v

Displacement: 998.0cc

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: 158.9 bhp @ 11,700 rpm

Measured torque: 73.4 lb.-ft. @ 11,100 rpm

Corrected ¼-mile: 10.32 sec. @ 140.87 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.90 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 36/28/32 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 four-piston calipers, 310mm discs with ABS

Rear brake: Tokico single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with ABS

Front tire: 120/70-ZR17 Bridgestone Battlax BT016

Rear tire: 190/55-ZR17 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): 449/422 lbs.

Colors: Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Flat Stardust White/Metallic Spark Black

Available: Now

Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact : www.kawasaki.com


KTM RC8R | Price $16,499

Engine type: l-c 75-deg. V-twin

Valve train: DOHC, 8v

Displacement: 1195.0cc

Bore x stroke: 105.0 x 69.0mm

Compression: 13.5:1

Fuel system: EFI

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 144.7 bhp @ 10,200 rpm

Measured torque: 80.8 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm

Corrected ¼-mile: 10.26 sec. @ 137.90 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.28 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 46/31/39 mpg

Frame: Tubular-steel trellis

Front suspension: WP 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, high/low speed compression and rebound damping

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

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

Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc

Front tire: 120/70-ZR17 Continental Sport Attack II

Rear tire: 190/55-ZR17 Continental Sport Attack II

Rake/trail: 23.3°/3.8 in.

Seat height: 31.7/32.5 in.

Wheelbase: 56.1 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.4 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 445/419 lbs.

Colors: Black/white/orange, IDM Replica, Akrapovic Edition

Availability: Now

Warranty: 36 mo., 36,000 mi.

Contact: www.ktmusa.com


MV Agusta F4RR | Price $24,998

Engine type: l-c inline-four

Valve train: DOHC, 16v

Displacement: 998.0cc

Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 50.9mm

Compression: 13.4:1

Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Measured horsepower: 167.2 bhp @ 13,500 rpm

Measured torque: 70.5 lb.-ft. @ 11,500 rpm

Corrected ¼-mile: 10.40 sec. @ 140.98 mph

Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 2.80 sec.

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 36/34/35 mpg

Frame: Tubular-steel trellis

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

Rear brake: Brembo four-piston caliper, 210mm disc

Front tire: 120/70-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rear tire: 200/55-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Rake/trail: 23.5°/3.9 in.

Seat height : 32.7 in.

Wheelbase: 56.3 in.

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 469/442 lbs.

Colors: Pearl white/black, red/white

Available: Now

Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact : www.mvagustausa.com

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