Best SportbikeSuzuki GSX-R1000 Like the 2005 AMA Superbike chase, this contest was never what you'd call close. As the 200-plus-horsepower Yoshimura-built GSX-R1000 racer was flattening everything in its path on the racetrack, Suzuki's 162-horse over-the-counter version cleaned up in every relevant magazine comparison between Los Angeles and Lisbon. No other liter-class superbike is stronger. Nothing else is more agile, athletic or slot car-stable on tarmac. Meanwhile, the big GSX-R is at least as remarkable for the linear and usable way it dispenses all that muscle. If you can restrain your right wrist and deal with its uncompromisingly compact ergonomics, Suzuki's latest sporting flagship is a perfectly civil way to get to work or idle across town for a dozen Krispy Kremes--especially if you're in a hurry. Still, the only way to experience the GSX-R's real genius is on the racetrack. Tape up the lights, lever on some track-spec rubber and, if you've got the skills, this one will take you to a place no other motorcycle wearing a license plate can touch.