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How fast are the new crotch rockets?

Introduction

Six new sports motorcycles have been imported into the city. This is the first time that we’ve seen imported sports bikes like this. The PDM sticker prices of these motorcycles are very fair considering the performance metrics that we’re about to review. This is the article that holds the decision-making information on the 2020 Honda CBR 1000, 2020 Suzuki GSXR, 2021 Ducati V4S, 2021 Yamaha YZF R7, 2020 BMW S1000R, and 2016 Yamaha MT10. I am going to highlight each bike’s biggest strengths and weaknesses.

Acceleration

In terms of 0-60 MPH and 0-100 MPH times, all these bikes put up some respectable numbers. The slowest times of the bunch come from the Yamaha MT10, while the Ducati V4S take the lead across the board.

On the drag strip, the Ducati takes the lead once again in the untuned Basic Drag Time (BDT) category, but the BMW S1000R takes the lead in the tuned Accelerated Drag Time (ADT) category.

Speed

All of the new bikes, except for the MT10, can achieve extremely fast speeds on the open roads. The Suzuki GSXR ultimately takes the lead overall. Once tuned, the bike is able to hit 206 MPH on long flat roads and 217 MPH downhill. Without tunes involved, the BMW S1000R takes the lead on the flat road at 180 MPH and 185 MPH downhill.

Keep in mind, all of these metrics are measured using bikes that are fully upgraded. There also is some variance depending on who is driving the vehicle. The following speed tip was explained to me by Johnathan Alder. He shared that “when you purchase a bike and take it to get upgraded at the mechanic shop, if the mechanic looks at or touches the suspension on the bike, you can expect a decrease in top speed”. When Alder was testing some of his bikes, he was experiencing top speeds around 20 MPH greater than the ones listed below.

Another important tip to keep in mind is that these speeds were captured while I was tucked into the bike. I was not doing any wheelies while capturing these metrics. I tested top speeds without a wheelie because it is the most controlled test. Expect to gain some extra speed while doing a wheelie though.

Handling

This is the category in which the MT10 gets to shine. The MT10 is the most insane handling motorcycle that I have ever driven. It tucks close to the ground and cuts corners quicker than anything else. The biggest downside about the MT10 is the lack of top speed and acceleration, but it is certainly quick enough around town. This is the perfect bike to use around the city for spirited driving.

The worst handling new bike is probably the Ducati. It turns like a boat. The Honda CBR and Yamaha YZF R7 fall into the mediocre handling category. In my experience driving them, the Suzuki GSXR and BMW are a cut above those, but not by much.

Prices

These motorcycles are relatively in the same price range considering the wide range of PDM prices. The most economical choice is definitely the Suzuki GSXR. The GSXR has one of the highest top speeds, very respectable acceleration, and the lowest price out of the bunch. A downside of the GSXR is its lack of customization, even its color cannot be changed. The racing livery on the GSXR cannot be removed, and that blue color is permanent. Even though the GSXR is the most economical choice, it seems that the BMW S1000R is the most desirable amongst collectors.

It could be argued that the MT10 is the worst deal out of the field, but I would disagree. There is no other vehicle in PDM that features the MT10’s handling. The bike might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I would say it’s worth the price tag. Many people have seriously undervalued the MT10, so someone could probably buy an MT10 for a serious discount off Twitter.

Summary

Overall, all these bikes have opened an entirely new performance category in the city. First off, there have never been imported sports bikes. Secondly, there have never been sports bikes in the city that perform at this level. For those people who have the money laying around, I seriously urge the purchase of one of these performance machines.

Thank you to Steve Ross for lending us the BMW S1000R, Slime DuPont for the Honda CBR 1000, Jamaal Bashir for the Yamaha YZF R7, Walter Hayes for the Suzuki GSXR, and Joe Kerr for the Ducati V4S.