On Two Wheels: The Four Stages of Sportbike Ownership

Exploring the four stages of sportbike ownership with a ZX-6R and YZF-R6.

You don’t have to know much about motorcycles to think that sportbikes are awesome. They’re sleek and sharp and look fast standing still, and while supersports pack tremendous performance, it’s almost impossible to (responsibly) tap into that potential on public roads. In fact, the stiff suspension, committed riding position, and high-rpm horsepower that make supersports so ferocious on a racetrack can actually make them pretty impractical for everyday riding. Even so, plenty of new riders are drawn to supersports like the Yamaha YZF-R6 and Kawasaki ZX-6R. Those that cave to the temptation typically end up experiencing four distinct stages of emotion. In this episode of On Two Wheels Zack and Ari explore the phases of sportbike ownership so you don’t have to.