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The 2009 Superbike Showdown By The Numbers

Posted in BMW, Honda, Motorcycle, Racing, Sportbikes, Suzuki by Vito Rispo | October 6th, 2008 | 5 Responses |

HellForLeather Magazine has a great by-the-numbers breakdown of all the big liter-bikes of 2009. It includes curb weight, power, torque, power to weight ratio, and torque to weight ratio.

Here’s the list of bikes:
2009 Ducati 1198
2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
2009 Aprilia RSV4
2009 BMW S1000RR
2009 Honda CBR1000RR
2009 Yamaha R1
2009 KTM RC8

Let break it down:

Curb Weight (kg)

Aprilia RSV4 – 190
BMW S1000RR – 190*
Ducati 1198 – 195*
KTM RC8 – 198
Honda CBR1000RR – 199
Suzuki GSX-R1000 – 203
Yamaha R1 – 206
Kawasaki ZX-10R – 208

Power (bhp)

Suzuki GSX-R1000 – 191
Aprilia RSV4 – 190*
BMW S1000RR – 190*
Kawasaki ZX-10R – 185
Yamaha R1 – 180
Honda CBR1000RR – 176
Ducati 1198 – 170*
KTM RC8 – 152

Torque (lb/ft)

Ducati 1198 – 94*
KTM RC8 – 88.5
BMW S1000RR – 87*
Suzuki GSX-R1000 – 85
Aprilia RSV4 – 85*
Yamaha R1 – 85
Kawasaki ZX-10R – 83.2
Honda CBR1000RR – 83

Power to Weight (bhp:kg)

Aprilia RSV4 – 1:1*
BMW S1000RR – 1:1*
Suzuki GSX-R1000 – .94:1
Kawasaki ZX-10R – .89:1
Honda CBR1000RR – .88:1
Yamaha R1 – .87:1
Ducati 1198 – .87:1*
KTM RC8 – .77:1

Torque to Weight (lb/ft:kg)

Ducati 1198 – .48*
KTM RC8 – .45
Aprilia RSV4 – .45*
BMW S1000RR – .45*
Honda CBR1000RR – .42
Suzuki GSX-R100 – .41
Yamaha R1 – .41
Kawasaki ZX10-R – .41

* – starred numbers are estimates only

(via Hell For Leather Mag)

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5 Responses

  1. Pat says:

    This is an awesome stats page. Great work!

    I am really excited about the 2009 line up.

    I have been watching the RSV4 since the anouncement and photos of the race bike leaked out. Now that the production model is out of the wrapper it looks even better.

    I was watching for Ducati to make some extra cranks like the 1098R models and make a 1198.. They did not let me down,

    For me it is between an 1198s and a RSV4 when I sell my 996 Bip.

    A friend who has a R1 a few years old was saying he thought the way the v-twin puts its power out as compared to his inline was not an advantage. I schooled him about the new R1 and its cross plane crankshaft vs earlier models and how its new firing order is now just like a v-twin..

  2. miket says:

    i like this but some stats are wrong the road trim rsv makes 180 the duc makes up to 186 with race exhaust and is lighter…. the beamer is right tho … i do like this page hopefully they will make a real test of it

  3. mike says:

    I am sure that teh hindas weight that you have there is the wet weight, versus the dry weight of the others..

    Also, the power figures you have there do not take the ram air effect into account. In this respect, the yamaha seems to have the biggest vents. Obviously this would not be the entire story, since the effectiveness of those vents in getting all that air into the cylinders would be of the most importance.

    What about a few other stats? Like: Which bikes have ESP, which have ABS, pull off control, ignition modes, etc

  4. Jim says:

    And of what significance are these stats to the average or slightly above (or below) average rider? The weight of the brass balls you need to ride any of these bikes to their limit will significantly affect the horsepower to weight ratio.

  5. masminto says:

    This is my favorite superbike, I like it….