Our buyer's guide is now an annual addition, with this year's version representing the third time around for a rundown of practically every sportbike available in the coming year. Here you'll find offerings ranging from supermoto to sport-touring from each manufacturer, with basic specifications and a short description for each model. After a trying year in '10 for the industry, things are looking up for the new year as practically every manufacturer has at least one all-new or significantly updated model. This year does represent a first for the buyer's guide: We've included electric bikes from three manufacturers. The Intermot (Cologne, Germany) and EICMA (Milan, Italy) shows - where many new models are introduced - were in progress as we put the guide together, and some manufacturers are reluctant to release information prior to one or both shows. Our spies on the ground ferreted out what they could for the new 2011 bikes, but keep an eye on www.sportrider.com
for last-minute changes or additions.
How To Read The Capsules
Manufacturers are presented alphabetically, and models within each manufacturer's section are listed in decreasing order of price. Similar models, such as ABS and non-ABS versions of the same bike, share one capsule in many cases. The price listed represents MSRP for the base model; paint schemes and options sometimes shown in the accompanying picture may add a premium to the base price, although we've tried to point this out in the description if that's the case. Check with the manufacturer (a listing and contact information is at the end of the guide) for up-to-date pricing and options. The specifications list engine type, seat height in inches and wheelbase in inches. The engine spec can be deciphered as follows: listed first is cooling type (L-C is liquid cooled, A-C is air cooled); next is total number of valves in the engine (16V for example), then displacement in cubic centimeters; finally, the layout of the cylinders (Inline-four, V-twin, etc). Following the capsules, you'll find a list of discontinued models from each manufacturer.
Aprilia RSV4 Factory $NA
Engine L-C 16V 1000 V-FOUR | Seat33.3 IN. | Wheelbase 55.9 IN.
Talk about starting with the cream of the crop: The RSV4 Factory was our 2010 Bike of the Year and took Max Biaggi to the World Superbike Championship. The Factory version benefits from Öhlins suspension pieces, forged aluminum wheels, adjustable engine position and variable-length intake system.
Aprilia SMV 1200 Dorsoduro /ABS $NA
Engine L-C 8V 1197 V-TWIN | Seat34.3 IN. | Wheelbase 60.2 IN.
Powered by an all-new V-twin engine with a claimed 130 horsepower and three power modes, the ABS version of this adventure model also features traction control. The chassis is the now familiar modular steel-trellis/aluminum design, while running gear includes a fully adjustable inverted Sachs fork and Brembo radial-mount front brakes.
Aprilia Mana 850 $NA
Engine L-C 8V 839 V-TWIN | Seat31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 57.6 IN.
The Mana's unique design places the fuel tank under the seat, while the traditional tank area is now occupied by a storage compartment large enough for a full-face helmet and more. The trellis frame, 90-degree V-twin engine and unmistakably Italian styling combine - according to Aprilia - elegance and practicality.
Aprilia RSV4 R $NA
Engine L-C 16V 1000 V-FOUR | Seat33.3 IN. | Wheelbase 55.9 IN.
The base RSV4 model is not much less exotic, with design aspects such as the ultra-compact 65-degree V-four engine, ride-by-wire throttle with three power modes, cassette transmission, slipper clutch and Brembo radial-mount front brakes. You can upgrade your R model with any of the Factory bits or choose from a huge assortment of accessories.
Aprilia 850 MANA GT ABS $NA
Engine L-C 8V 839 V-TWIN | Seat31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 57.6 IN.
The GT version of the Mana adds a half-fairing with adjustable windshield and the latest generation two-channel Continental ABS system as standard. The Mana's unique Sportgear electronically controlled transmission offers two shift modes: seven-speed manual or Autodrive with sport, touring and rain mappings.
Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro $NA
Engine L-C 8V 750 V-TWIN | Seat34.3 IN. | Wheelbase 59.3 IN.
"This unique, elite motorcycle," according to the company, "applies all of Aprilia's vast racing experience to just one mission: the offer of pure riding enjoyment." Three engine modes cater to both advanced and less experienced riders, while running gear includes adjustable suspension, radial-mount front brakes and wave-style rotors.
Aprilia SXV 5.5 $NA
Engine L-C 8V 549 V-TWIN | Seat36.1 IN. | Wheelbase 58.9 IN.
Truly unique in the small-displacement supermoto class is the SXV's compact, 77-degree twin-cylinder engine, which features single overhead camshafts, fuel injection, four-valve cylinder heads and dry-sump lubrication. Track-oriented accessories include a selection of gearing, fork and shock springs and exhaust systems.
Aprilia SL 750 Shiver /ABS $NA
Engine L-C 8V 750 V-TWIN | Seat 31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 56.7 IN.
The updated Shiver features a sportier look thanks to a new windshield and wave-style front rotors. Ergonomics have been updated to a more aggressive riding position with a narrower saddle, new footpegs and a new handlebar. And finally, the rear wheel and tire are wider for '11. Available with optional ABS, in red/black and red/silver.
BMW K1600GT $NA
Engine L-C 24V 1649 INLINE-SIX | Seat31.9 - 32.7 IN. | Wheelbase 63.7 IN.
Powered by a compact inline six-cylinder engine, the all-new K1600GT plans to "redefine the touring bike experience." Features include an optional adaptive headlight that compensates for lean angle around corners, Dynamic Traction Control, Electronic Suspension Adjustment II and a 5.7-inch color information display. Wow.
BMW S 1000 RR $13,950
Engine L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 56.4 IN.
Last year, the S 1000 RR turned the literbike world on its ear, winning our four-cylinder literbike comparison test and just about taking Bike of the Year honors as well. The base model itself is stunning, but add electronic rider aids like Dynamic Traction Control, Race ABS and Gear Shift Assist for the truly ultimate.
BMW K1300S $15,850
Engine L-C 16V 1293 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 62.4 IN.
The latest version of the four-cylinder K-bike offers Hayabusa-beating performance combined with typical BMW comfort. New colors include lupin blue metallic/alpine white/sapphire black metallic and magma red/sapphire black metallic. Options include traction control, Electronic Suspension Adjustment and Gear Shift Assist.
BMW R1200R $NA
Engine A-C 8V 1170 Opposed-Twin | Seat HT. NA | Wheelbase NA
The company's long-running naked bike is updated for '11, but we don't have much more information than that. Our best guess is the R model will have the double-overhead-cam, dual-plug, radial-valve engine and drivetrain from the GS and RT models, which increases output to 110 horsepower and maximum engine speed to 8500 rpm.
BMW F800ST $10,990
Engine L-C 8V 798 Inline-Twin | Seat HT. 32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 57.7 IN.
"The twisties are yours to devour anywhere in the country," says BMW about the touring version of the F800. Accessories include heated grips, ABS, Tire Pressure Monitor, onboard computer, alarm system, center stand and seat/suspension options that combined can lower the seat height by more than two inches.
BMW F800R $9950
Engine L-C 8V 798 Inline-Twin | Seat HT. 31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 59.8 IN.
New to the USA for '11, the middleweight R model combines the best of the GS and ST models and has met great success already overseas. This urban model should provide some competition for Triumph's Street Triple and Ducati's Monster or Hypermotard 796 models. Look for the usual plethora of BMW accessories as well.
Brammo Empulse 6.0/8.0/10.0 $9995/11,995/13,995
Motor Sealed Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous | Seat HT. 32.0 IN. | Wheelbase 57.0 IN.
This all-new electric bike combines a 40kW electric motor capable of almost 60 ft-lb of torque with proprietary lithium-ion batteries in three versions. The 6.0 model has a claimed range of 60 miles, while the 8.0 and 10.0 have ranges of 80 and 100 miles respectively. Performance? All models will "exceed 100 mph for sustained periods."
Ducati 1198 $16,495
Engine L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.2 IN. | Wheelbase 56.3 IN.
As part of its lineup simplification for '11, the standard 1198 now receives Ducati Traction Control, Data Analyzer, and Quick Shifter - all for the same MSRP as last year. Quite a bargain when you consider that you're getting all this in addition to the 1198's already superb V-twin engine, rock-solid chassis, and brick-wall brakes.
Ducati 1198SP $21,995
Engine L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.2 IN. | Wheelbase 56.3 IN.
Ducati is streamlining its supersport lineup this year, with both the 1198R and 1198S being replaced by the 1198SP. The new SP inherits features from each, including Öhlins suspension (with a TTX rear shock), Ducati Traction Control and Data Analyzer, plus the new Ducati Quick Shifter, a slipper clutch, aluminum fuel tank, and Brembo monobloc calipers.
Ducati Multistrada 1200/S Sport/S Touring $ 14,995/19,995
Engine L-C 8V 1198 V-Twin | Seat HT. 33.5 IN. | Wheelbase 60.2 IN.
The new generation Multistrada 1200 changed the adventure-tourer landscape with its ground-breaking electronics package. For '11, the Multistrada gets updated fueling and ABS electronics, plus improved hardbag latches for a more positive seal. The S Touring model gets an improved centerstand for better ground clearance.
Ducati Streetfighter/S $14,995/18,995
Engine L-C 8V 1099 V-Twin | Seat HT. 33.0 IN. | Wheelbase 58.1 IN.
Ducati's super-serious naked bike returns basically unchanged for '11, with the same beefy engine, more relaxed steering geometry, and longer swingarm adding up to one of the more satisfying machines in the class. The Öhlins-suspension-equipped S version gets red with red frame or diamond black with racing black frame color schemes, both with black radiator guards and wheels.
Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO /EVO SP $11,995/14,495
Engine A-C 4V 1078 V-Twin | Seat HT. 33.3 IN. | Wheelbase 57.3 IN.
The Hypermotard 1100 EVO and 1100 EVO SP return basically unchanged for '11, with the same upgraded electronics (and higher state of tune engine in the SP model) enhancing the Ducati supermoto experience on a tight and twisty road. The SP also boasts higher ground clearance, better suspension, higher bars and less weight.
Ducati Hypermotard 796 $9995
Engine A-C 4V 803 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.5 IN. | Wheelbase 57.3 IN.
The middleweight Hypermotard returns for '11 unchanged, but that includes its $9995 price tag from last year. With a lower seat height than the 1100 models in addition to the APTC wet clutch from the Monster 696, the Hypermotard 796 encapsulates all the fun of its bigger stablemates with a friendlier engine and price tag.
Ducati 848 EVO/Dark $12,995/11,995
Engine L-C 8V 849 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.6 IN. | Wheelbase 56.3 IN.
The middleweight 848 gains some power with engine upgrades that boost its output to a claimed 140 crankshaft horsepower, a steering damper, and Brembo monobloc brakes to become the 848 EVO. A "Dark" version in all-flat-black motif is also available for $1000 less than the Arctic White or Ducati Red edition.
Ducati Monster 1100 $11,995
Engine A-C 4V 1078 V-Twin | Seat HT. 31.9 IN. | Wheelbase 57.1 IN.
Ducati's iconic Monster 1100 lineup also got the streamlining treatment, with the Öhlins-equipped 1100S dropped, and ABS now being included as standard equipment (thereby deleting the ABS versions of each model) - yet the list price is the same as last year. Everything else is basically the same, with red, silver, or black color schemes available.
Ducati Monster 696 DARK/696 ABS/796 ABS $8495/8995/9995
Engine A-C 4V 696/803 V-Twin | Seat HT. 30.3/31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 57.1 IN.
The entry-level Monster 696 was joined by the early-'11-release 796 midyear. Revisions for '11 include a Marzocchi fork on both bikes (replacing the Showa unit), plus 20mm higher bars, a new seat shape and rear subframe, and new matte black or white color schemes for the 696. The Monster 796 gains ABS as standard equipment, with the same price tag as before.
Harley-Davidson XR1200X $ 11,799
Engine A-C 4V 1200 V-Twin | Seat HT. 31.3 IN. | Wheelbase 60.0 IN.
What the heck is a Harley-Davidson doing in Sport Rider? Well, the newest version of the XR has some sporting hardware such as Showa's Big Piston Fork, a cast aluminum swingarm and Dunlop's Sportmax Qualifier tires. We've even got one to race one in the AMA's Vance & Hines XR1200 series this year! Yikes!
Honda VFR1200F /DCT $NA
Engine L-C 16V 1237 V-Four | Seat HT. 32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 60.8 IN.
This VFR is packed with technology, from its compact Unicam-design V-four engine with ride-by-wire throttle to the Combined ABS braking system and offset-pivot driveshaft. The Dual Clutch Transmission model adds paddle shifting or two fully automatic modes, a first for production sportbikes.
Honda CBR600RR /ABS $NA
Engine L-C 16V 599 INLINE-FOUR | Seat32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 53.9 IN.
Sometimes the PR folks get it exactly right: The middleweight CBR "offers a near-magical combination of light weight, free-revving power, compliant suspension and all in a package that's sized just right." We couldn't have said it better. Available in red/black and black for this year, both with swingarms in silver (color, that is).
Honda VFR800X $NA
Engine NA | Seat HT. NA | Wheelbase NA
As we went to press, Honda had released two teaser sketches of a new "crossover" model that straddles the adventure-touring and street segments. Using a middleweight V-4 engine and a heads-up "floating" instrument panel, the new bike is claimed to have an adventure-inspired design combined with an upright riding position.
Honda CBR1000RR /ABS $13,399/14,399
Engine L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 55.4 IN.
One of our favorite bikes on the racetrack, the big CBR posted the quickest lap time in our '10 four-cylinder literbike comparison test and was the lightest bike in the class. Why mess with that? New colors for '11 include red/black, black and a Repsol Edition, while all models will have silver frames and swingarms.
Honda NT700V /ABS $NA
Engine L-C 8V 680 V-Twin | Seat HT. 31.7 IN. | Wheelbase 58.1 IN.
Little brother to the ST1300, the NT is "plenty nimble to eat up around-town urban assaults, and plenty plush and feature-packed for the luxurious long haul." Integrated saddlebags and adjustable windscreen are standard while a boatload of accessories is available, including a wind deflector set, Combined ABS, a rear trunk, and heated grips.
Hyosung GT650R $NA
Engine L-C 8V 647 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.7 IN. | Wheelbase 56.5 IN.
Hyosung had not released its 2011 models as we went to press, but our source at the company indicated that the model range would be very similar to 2010. That includes the GT650R, which features adjustable suspension, an inverted fork and oval-tube frame matched with the company's fuel injected V-twin engine.
Hyosung GT250R $NA
Engine A-C 8V 249 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.7 IN. | Wheelbase 56.5 IN.
Hyosung calls the GT250R the "first modern 250 sportbike in twenty years," and you could easily mistake the GT250R for its big brother as they share many features, such as four valves per cylinder, electronic fuel injection, an inverted front fork, adjustable rearsets for comfort and optional two-tone paint (that does add a premium).
Hyosung GT650 $NA
Engine L-C 8V 647 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.7 IN. | Wheelbase 56.5 IN.
The naked GT650 is nearly identical to the R model but with much less bodywork and a less aggressive riding position - the company calls it the best of both worlds. Updates last year included the blacked-out engine, four-piston front brake calipers and an immobilizer system. We're anxious to see what the company has in store for 2011.
Hyosung GT250 $NA
Engine A-C 8V 249 V-Twin | Seat HT. 32.7 In. | Wheelbase 56.5 IN.
Just like the 650 models, the GT250 is almost identical to the R model but for bodywork and the upright riding position - which was revised for '10 through new handlebars and seat design. Note that the GT250 has just a single front disc as opposed to the R model's two. Expect color options for all the Hyosung models to be changed for '11.
Kawasaki CONCOURS 14 /ABS $14,599/15,599
Engine L-C 16V 1352 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 59.8 IN.
The big Connie was heavily updated last year with traction control, revised bodywork, a new linked ABS on that optional model, standard heated grips, improved mirrors, bodywork, and windscreen, an "economy assist" fueling mode, new suspension settings, and redesigned Bridgestone BT-021 tires. All this returns unchanged for '11.
Kawasaki ZX-10R /ABS $=13,799/14,799
Engine L-C 16V 998 Inline-FOUR | Seat HT. 32.0 IN. | Wheelbase 56.1 IN.
Completely redesigned for '11, the new ZX-10R sports Kawasaki's S-KTRC traction control system, claimed to be motorcycling's most advanced traction control system, with predictive ability that enables it to maintain acceleration better than other setups. The ABS on that model is said to be just as advanced. About the only aspect that returns unchanged is the engine's bore and stroke.
Kawasaki ZX-14 $13,599
Engine L-C 16V 1352 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 57.5 In.
With the increased performance of today's literbikes, some are saying that the hyperbike is dead - we beg to differ, offering the ZX-14 as proof. Its ability to inhale quarter-mile chunks or 1000-mile stretches of pavement in a superb combination of monster power, smoothness, and comfort still has no equal. Available in either all black or Candy Lime Green/Ebony paint schemes
Kawasaki ZX-6R $10,699
Engine L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 55.1 IN.
Having steamrolled the competition with its monstrously strong engine for two straight years, Kawasaki decided there was no reason to mess with success, so the ZX-6R remains unchanged since its '09 revision. Don't think the 6R is all about its engine, though; the chassis and suspension (with Showa Big Piston Fork) are complemented by the best brakes in the class.
Kawasaki Versys $7699
Engine L-C 8V 649 Inline-Twin | Seat33.1 IN. | Wheelbase 55.7 IN.
Enthusiasts' confusion on what to make of the Versys is largely forgotten once they discover its amazing versatility and surprising performance that come at a very economical price. Upgraded suspension and other bits such as a larger fuel tank and adjustable windscreen allow the Versys to fill more roles than the Ninja 650R from which it is based.
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 $10,999
Engine L-C 16V 1043 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 57.0 In.
Take the superb Z1000 naked bike introduced last year, give it an advanced full fairing, three-position adjustable-rake windscreen, subtly revised but still comfy and non-supersport-committed ergos, and what do you get? The new Kawasaki Ninja 1000, quite possibly the do-it-all sportbike that many American enthusiasts have been pining for since the '80s.
Kawasaki Z1000 $10,599
Engine L-C 16V 1043 Inline-Four | Seat HT. 32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 56.7 In.
Kawasaki's new-for-2010 liter-size streetfighter returns for '11 basically unchanged save for only being available in all black or Candy Lime Green/Ebony paint motifs, but we're not complaining. The versatile Z1000 combines excellent all-around performance without the idiosyncratic commitment of its more serious European brethren, and at a price that only adds to its appeal
Kawasaki Ninja 650R $7199
Engine L-C 8V 649 Inline-Twin | Seat HT. 31.1 IN. | Wheelbase 55.5 IN.
Kawasaki's 649cc vertical twin made its debut with the Ninja 650R, a bike that advanced the state of the "economical sportbike" category tenfold. Receiving more than 40 updates in '09 (including Sportier bodywork, and revised suspension and fuel injection settings), the 650R is one of those rare sportbikes that appeals to both novice and experienced rider alike.
Kawasaki Ninja 250R $3999 - 4299
Engine L-C 8V 249 Inline-Twin | Seat30.5 In. | Wheelbase 55.1 IN.
When gasoline prices were spiraling out of control back in '09, Ninja 250Rs were flying out of Kawasaki dealerships faster than Japan could produce them. While fuel prices have calmed down, demand for the Ninjette hasn't; with its surprising performance, low price, gas-sipping engine, and easy-to-handle size, the 250R still remains a desirable motorcycle for many.
KTM 1190 RC8 $NA
Engine L-C 8V 1148 V-Twin | Seat31.7 - 32.5 In. | Wheelbase 56.3 IN.
The standard RC8 is not much of a step down from the R model, with top-shelf components from Brembo, Marchesini, Pirelli and WP. Ergonomics are completely adjustable, while the license plate bracket, passenger pegs and seat, and mirrors all quickly detach, so you can enjoy this bike on the street or track.
KTM 990 Super Duke $NA
Engine L-C 8V 999 V-TWIN | Seat33.5 In. | Wheelbase 57.1 IN.
You'd better have a good hold on your license if you plan on obtaining a Super Duke. The peppy engine and nimble chassis will tempt you into all kinds of trouble. That said, the biggest Duke model is comfortable and surprisingly polished, and it's been one of our favorite naked bikes since its introduction in '07.
KTM 1190 RC8 R $NA
Engine L-C 8V 1195 V-TWIN | Seat31.7 - 32.5 In. | Wheelbase 56.1 IN.
This up-spec version of the RC8 has more displacement than the standard model, higher compression and a claimed 15 more horsepower, while chassis bits include forged Marchesini wheels and WP suspension. A host of KTM's Powerparts let you go even further - an Akrapovic exhaust system and even a Superstock engine kit are available.
KTM 990 Supermoto R/T $NA
Engine L-C 8V 999 V-TWIN | Seat34.5/33.7 In. | Wheelbase 59.5/59.3 IN.
The adventure version of the Super Duke, the Supermoto R offers many road-oriented upscale features such as Brembo brakes, WP suspension and Marchesini wheels. The T model is outfitted for travelling, with soft bags and a carrier system as standard, a larger fuel tank, more elaborate fairing, handguards and an immobilizer system.
KTM 690 Duke $NA
Engine L-C 4V 654 SINGLE | Seat34.0 In. | Wheelbase 58.0 IN.
With a claimed 65 horsepower on tap from its LC4 engine, KTM may be right by labeling the original Duke as "the ultimate single-cylinder naked bike." Highlights include Brembo brakes, WP suspension, a one-piece die-cast aluminum swingarm that is absolutely gorgeous, a high-quality tapered aluminum handlebar and an "anti-hopping" clutch.
KTM 690 SMC $NA
Engine L-C 4V 654 Single | Seat35.4 In. | Wheelbase 58.3 IN.
The Supermoto version of the single-cylinder Duke features the same LC4 engine and Electronic Power Throttle, but couples it with longer-travel WP suspension and patented tubeless spoke rims. The wheels are still of the 17-inch variety, however, so count on great on-road performance to go along with the off-road look.
Mission Motors Mission One $15,690
MOTOR Liquid-Cooled, 3-phase AC Induction | SeatNA | Wheelbase NA
Offering 100 ft-lb of torque and top-shelf Öhlins, Brembo and Marchesini chassis components, the Mission One electric bike looks to be the most sporting battery-powered offering thus far. Top speed is claimed to be 150 mph, while proprietary lithium-ion battery technology and regenerative braking give a range of 150 miles.
Moto Guzzi STELVIO /ABS $NA
Engine A-C 4V 1151 V-Twin | Seat33.1 IN. | Wheelbase 61.0 IN.
Named after Moto Guzzi's test road, this adventure model has the latest incarnation of the "Quattrovalvole" engine along with features such as an adjustable windscreen and saddle, a glove-box that can be unlocked from the handlebar. Options include ABS, heated grips, various protectors, saddlebags and a top box.
Moto Guzzi GRISO 8V $NA
Engine A-C 8V 1151 V-TWIN | Seat31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 61.2 IN.
It may look like a cruiser but don't be fooled: The Griso is one of the most powerful Guzzi models ever, thanks to its eight-valve "Ottovalvole" engine. Running gear includes radial-mount Brembo front brakes with wave-style rotors, a beefy and fully adjustable inverted front fork and rear Boge shock.
Moto Guzzi NORGE 1200 GT $NA
Engine A-C 8V 1151 V-Twin | Seat31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 58.8 IN.
Updated with the eight-valve engine and new suspension spring/damping rates for '11, the Norge also benefits from a new full fairing that increases rider protection as well as engine cooling. Amenities include color-matched saddlebags, a 12-volt power socket, heated grips, standard ABS, an adjustable windshield and a four-beam headlight.
MV Agusta F4 $NA
Engine L-C 16V 1078 Inline-FOUR | Seat31.9 IN. | Wheelbase 55.4 IN.
The flagship MV returned to its 1000cc roots last year and earned a spot in our Bike of the Year comparison test. With an all-new engine,adjustable traction control, a slipper clutch, and (finally) beautifully smooth fuel injection, the F4 now has the power and performance to go with those stunning good looks.
MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR $NA
Engine L-C 16V 1078 Inline-FOUR | Seat32.7 IN. | Wheelbase 56.6 IN.
Another model that was completely revamped for last year, the 1090RR is "a prestigious, naked motorcycle with fascinating design, power and speed." The larger of the two Brutale models sports adjustable traction control, adjustable footrests, forged aluminum wheels, a slipper clutch, a steering damper and higher-spec brakes and suspension.
MV Agusta F3 $NA
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline Triple | SeatNA | Wheelbase NA
This middleweight model has been rumored for several years, but should be released as a 2012 model later this year and measure 675cc. Official photos show many similarities to the F4 model such as Brembo brakes and a single-sided swingarm, but differences include a standard-mount exhaust rather than the signature underseat unit.
MV Agusta Brutale 990R $NA
Engine L-C 16V 998 INLINE-FOUR | Seat32.7 IN. | Wheelbase 56.6 IN.
A slightly more docile version of the Brutale, the 990R makes do with slightly less displacement and power compared with the 1090RR but also benefitted from last year's major makeover to both Brutale models, including adjustable traction control. Corse accessories for the naked line include a number of magnesium, titanium and carbon fiber parts.
Roehr eSuperSport/eSuperBike $16,965/27,595
MOTOR Single/Twin AC Induction | SeatNA | Wheelbase NA.
The entry-level electric eSuperSport machine is powered by a 48-horsepower motor combined with a 5.8 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack, while the eSuperBike has two motors (for 96 horsepower) and a 7.7 kWh battery pack. Upscale running gear on the eSuperBike includes Brembo front calipers and an Öhlins rear shock.
Roehr 1250sc $39,995
Engine L-C 16V 1250 V-TWIN | Seat31.5 IN. | Wheelbase 56.0 IN.
Powered by a supercharged version of the Harley-Davidson Revolution engine (think V-Rod) that's mounted in a unique chromoly/aluminum modular frame, the 1250sc is 180 horsepower of raw sportbike. Top-drawer running gear includes Brembo radial-mount front brakes, Öhlins suspension and Marchesini forged aluminum wheels.
Star VMax $19,890
Engine L-C 16V 1679 V-FOUR | Seat30.5 IN. | Wheelbase 66.9 IN.
The big bruiser continues for 2011 unchanged since its major redesign in '09 - which is not a problem as the VMax has always had plenty of everything. The '11 model comes in Granite Gray and is part of Star's Priority Delivery Program, so you'll have to reserve yours by placing a deposit at your local dealer.
Suzuki Hayabusa $13,699
Engine L-C 16V 1340 INLINE-FOUR | Seat31.7 IN. | Wheelbase 60.0 IN.
Even though it last had a makeover in '08, the Hayabusa lasted almost a decade before that revamp, so it's obvious why the bike is still a favorite with the drag and custom crowds: its reputation as the king of quick hasn't faded one bit. And that history has created a strong aftermarket with a myriad number of hop-up parts to make the 'Busa even faster and more powerful.
Suzuki GSX-R750 $11,999
Engine L-C 16V 750 INLINE-FOUR | Seat31.9 IN. | Wheelbase 54.7 IN.
Along with the GSX-R600, the GSX-R750 received an extensive revamp for '11. The lone surviving 750 in the supersport category underwent both an extensive weight loss program (cutting a claimed 20 pounds) in addition to a plethora of internal engine changes aimed at reducing internal frictional losses and boosting midrange power and acceleration.
Suzuki GSX1250FA $11,599
Engine L-C 16V 1255 Inline-FOUR | Seat31.7 - 32.5 IN. | Wheelbase 58.5 IN.
Take the discontinued Bandit 1250 engine and chassis, and dress it up with a full fairing, ABS as standard equipment, twin radiator cooling fans, and a centerstand, and you have the new GSX1250FA. Already introduced to European roads this past year, the GSX1250FA is a bike that's as comfortable eating up major miles or commuting through city traffic as it is carving canyons.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 $13,599
Engine L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four | Seat31.9 IN. | Wheelbase 55.3 IN.
After a thorough revision in '09, American Suzuki didn't import any '10 models, so the return of the liter-size GSX-R unchanged for '11 save for different paint seems like the usual two-year development cycle. The 999cc four-cylinder was given even more power in '09, with a redesigned chassis utilizing a 43mm Showa Big Piston fork to help harness that beefier engine.
Suzuki GSX-R600 $11,599
Engine L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four | Seat31.9 IN. | Wheelbase 54.5 IN.
As with the GSX-R750, the new '11 model 600 also underwent a major makeover, with a very similar weight loss regimen resulting in a similar 20-pound weight loss. Besides the internal engine changes and less weight, both bikes also received upgrades such as Showa Big Piston Forks and Brembo calipers to round out their improved acceleration.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS $8099
Engine L-C 8V 645 V-Twin | Seat32.3 IN. | Wheelbase 61.2 IN.
The 650-engined V-Strom outlived its 1000cc brother by being lighter, more agile and economical, and possessing a near-six-gallon fuel tank that allows well over 200 miles between fill-ups. The V-Strom was Suzuki's attempt to explore the now-popular adventure-tour genre, and it's even more relevant now. Add the accessory hard bags and you've got a great do-it-all machine.
Triumph TIGER 1050 /ABS /SE $11,999/12,799/13,399
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat32.8 IN. | Wheelbase 59.4 IN.
Triumph says the Tiger is "equally at home in the urban jungle as it is prowling on the open road." We'll agree, as you can't go wrong with the company's 1050cc triple nor the tall riding position. A wide range of official accessories (including optional ABS) lets you tailor the Tiger to your needs; SE version adds ABS, hardbags and handguards as standard.
Triumph Speed Triple $NA
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 56.2 IN.
The bike that invented the streetfighter segment back in '94 gets a makeover for '11, with new angular headlights and a revised frame and swingarm that repositions the weight further forward for better handling. Minor internal engine and exhaust changes boost power slightly as well, with a claimed eight percent increase in torque.
Triumph Street Triple /R $NA/9599
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat31.5/31.6 IN. | Wheelbase 54.9 IN.
Both versions of the naked triple are in the 2011 lineup, and both combine the Daytona 675's stellar engine with an upright riding position for loads of fun as well as performance. The base model makes do with nonadjustable suspension and lower-spec brakes, while the R version boasts running gear lifted right from the Daytona 675 for an even wilder ride.
Triumph SPRINT GT $13,199
Engine L-C 12V 1050 Inline-Triple | Seat32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 60.5 IN.
An evolution of the Sprint ST, this new model leans more toward the touring end of the sport-touring spectrum, with 31-liter hard bags, standard ABS, upgraded suspension, newly styled and better-performing headlights and an optional top box. A standard-mount exhaust (replacing the ST's underseat unit) makes more room for luggage.
Triumph Daytona 675 /SE $10,499/10,899
Engine L-C 12V 675 Inline-Triple | Seat32.5 IN. | Wheelbase 54.9 IN.
Subtly updated last year, the Daytona 675 bucks the middleweight trend with its sweet-sounding and torquey three-cylinder engine and continues to be a threat to the Japanese four-cylinder machinery. The limited edition SE model returns for 2011 as well, with its Pearl White bodywork and Sparkle Blue frame and swingarm distinguishing it from the standard model.
Yamaha FJR1300A $15,490
Engine L-C 16V 1298 Inline-Four | Seat33.3 - 34.2 IN. | Wheelbase 60.6 IN.
Yamaha's Supersport-Touring model is a step more comfortable this year with the addition of heated grips as standard equipment to go along with its adjustable ergonomics and pushbutton-adjustable windscreen. Otherwise its status quo for the Liquid Silver color option.
Yamaha YZF-R1 $13,590
Engine L-C 16V 998 Inline-Four | Seat32.8 IN. | Wheelbase 55.7 IN.
This is the bike that ended that other manufacturer's domination of AMA Superbike, with Josh Hayes winning the '10 title on his Graves Motorsports R1. No changes for '11 aside from color: Raven, the Team Yamaha Blue/White shown here and a Candy Red/Raven version that costs $200 extra.
Yamaha FZ1 $10,490
Engine L-C 20V 998 Inline-Four | Seat32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 57.5 IN.
Yamaha's "ultimate street brawler" has had its ECU mapping revised for improved throttle response in the low speed range, and is available this year only in the Liquid Silver paint shown here. Random feature: Removable subframe for easy maintenance and detachable passenger footpegs for even more stripped-down style.
Yamaha FZ6R $7490
Engine L-C 16V 600 Inline-Four | Seat30.9 IN. | Wheelbase 56.7 IN.
The returning FZ6R shows that "a rider in the market for an entry-level or commuter 600cc bike doesn't have to compromise performance or style to get value," and is offered in Raven or the Reddish Copper/Raven shown here ($100 extra). Random feature: The handlebar position and seat height are adjustable to fine-tune rider comfort.
Yamaha YZF-R6 $10,690
Engine L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four | Seat33.5 IN. | Wheelbase 54.3 IN.
After small revisions over the last couple of years, Yamaha has left well enough alone for '11 and the 2010 Daytona 200 winner returns unchanged. Colors include Raven and Team Yamaha Blue/White and the Candy Red/Raven model shown here ($200 extra and yes, those are skulls on the side).
Yamaha FZ8 $8490
Engine L-C 16V 779 Inline-Four | Seat32.1 IN. | Wheelbase 57.5 IN.
An all-new model, the FZ8 "fills the gap for sport riders who feel a 600cc is too small and a 1000cc is too big." Borrowing technology (and parts) from the proven FZ1 and R1 models and with specifications that put an emphasis on torque, this naked bike is sure to be a pile of fun. Available only in the Raven paint shown here.
Yamaha WR250X $6590
Engine L-C 4V 250 Single | Seat35.2 IN. | Wheelbase 56.1 IN.
Yamaha claims the WR250X is not exactly an enduro, a supermoto or a sportbike. We claim its loads of fun, from its 17-inch sticky tires to its 250cc four-stroke engine and YZ/WR250-inspired chassis. With all the emphasis on green, check this out: The spec sheet lists fuel economy at 71 mpg. Take that, electric bikes!
Sportbike Buyer's Guide Resources
Here we have listed bikes that didn't make the grade for the '11 lineup. Not included are models that have been replaced with a new or updated model, such as the BMW K1300GT makes way for the K1600GT, or the Ducati 1198SP replaces both the S and R models. Note that Benelli is completely absent from this year's guide; the company was in flux as we went to press, with no news from the company about what models will be available this year. Finally, just because a model has been discontinued doesn't mean it won't be built anymore, or that you can't get one. For instance, in Suzuki's case, the majority of its "discontinued" models just have overstock that needs to be sold off (cheap) before the company can import new year models.
Aprilia: Tuono 1000R /Factory
BMW: HP2 Sport
Ducati: GT1000/Monster 1000S
Honda: ST1300 /ABS, CRF230M
Kawasaki: ER-6n, KLX250SF
Suzuki: GSX650F, SV650SF /ABS, Gladius, DR-Z400SM, GS500F
Triumph: Sprint ST