These are the most underrated sports bikes ever made
With countless attractive sports bikes available on the market, choosing the best bike can prove to be a headache. Buyers typically consider factors such as performance, handling, style, and popularity. Most buyers looking for a sports bike will go for a Kawasaki Ninja 650, Yamaha YZF-R1M, or Ducati Panigale V4S. Not like we can blame them; these sports bikes work well and are popular.
However, the market has overlooked some incredible sports bikes despite their impressive power, handling and styling. Some of these cool models were made by the best manufacturers in the business. Interestingly, there are quite a few of these sports bikes that sell for a low price. We don’t know why these beasts are unpopular, but they prove that a bike’s popularity doesn’t necessarily say much about its quality. Therefore, in this list, we take a look at nine of the most underrated sports bikes ever made.
1998 Honda CBR900RR
Otherwise known as the Fireblade, Honda’s CBR900RR is a 900cc displacement sports bike. The manufacturer introduced the CBR900RR in 1992 and continued to produce them until 2003. Honda equipped the 1998 CBR900RR with an inline four-stroke engine that produces 130 horsepower and 67 lb-ft of torque.
Each cylinder of the motorcycle has four valves and the CBR900RR uses a 6 speed gearbox. As for the brakes, there are dual disc brakes at the front and single disc brakes at the rear. The 1998 CBR900RR has an impressive acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 170.9 mph.
2003 Yamaha R1
Yamaha started manufacturing the R1 in 1998, and production continues to this day. The R1 is an open class sports bike with near perfect handling. In its first generation, the R1 sported semi-floating disc brakes. Incredibly, the bike could accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.0 seconds, joining the league of bikes that could challenge supercars.
Designed for both the track and the highway, the 2003 Yamaha R1 model features a fuel injection system, improved handling and reduced weight. A liquid-cooled four-stroke engine with five valves per cylinder was used for the model. It also has 152 hp, which is enough to push it to a top speed of 173 mph.
The BMW S1000XR is a sport touring motorcycle, but most of the time it is marketed as an adventure motorcycle. BMW introduced the bike model in 2015, and over the years the S1000XR has reached a top speed of 170 mph. The sports bike is equipped with a liquid-cooled 999cc four-stroke engine with sixteen valves.
The S1000XR uses four-piston caliper brakes at the front and single-piston caliper brakes at the rear for the braking system. With competitors like the Triumph Tiger 900 and Ducati Multistrada 950, it’s easy to see why the BMW S1000XR remains underrated.
2000 Suzuki Bandit 1200
Suzuki has been making the Bandit since 1989 and to our knowledge these sports bikes are excellent. The automaker used air-cooled and oil-cooled inline four-stroke engines for their 2000 Bandit 1200 model. Suzuki’s Bandit 1200 is an easy-to-ride bike with a well-positioned saddle.
The cruiser has 98.0 horsepower, 91.0 Nm of torque, a top speed of 144 mph and a 5-speed chain drive system. You can get a used Bandit 1200 for around $ 3,000.
Ducati GT 1000 Sport
At a base price of $ 9,995, the Ducati GT 1000 Sport is not a cheap motorcycle. However, you are bound to get what you pay for. The GT 1000 Sport is equipped with a 992 cc engine with two valves per cylinder. Inspired by the 750 Sport model of the 1970s, the GT 1000 Sport offers an instantly recognizable retro design.
Ducati included a bag and a windshield on the bike. The GT 1000 has a top speed of 135 mph and develops 67 lb-ft of torque using a 6-speed transmission.
After Kawasaki stopped producing its Z800 model, they replaced it with the Z900 in 2017. The Kawasaki Z900 is equipped with a liquid-cooled 948cc four-stroke, 16-valve engine. Like all other sport bikes produced by Kawasaki, the Z900 is well designed.
The bike rides well and is suitable for long distances. 72 lb-ft of torque stimulates the bike as it moves along the road. The Kawasaki Z900 uses a 6-speed gearbox and has a top speed of 157 miles per hour.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is one of the best liter motorcycles of its time. 2004 was the first year for the model, and it features an inline four-stroke engine.
With 174.03 horsepower at 11,700 rpm, 84 lb-ft of torque at 95,000 rpm and a top speed of 186 mph, the ZX-10R is quite capable. The Kawasaki Ninja uses a wet clutch and a 6-speed gearbox. For acceleration, the Ninja rocket goes to 60 mph in 3.12 seconds.
Triumph Speed Triple 2006
Triumph introduced their first Speed Series bike in 1994. The 2006 Triumph Speed Triple is known as a Streetfighter sports bike. The 2006 Triumph Speed Triple is equipped with a 1050.0 cc liquid-cooled, in-line three-cylinder four-stroke engine.
When the 2006 Triumph Speed Triple was released, its main competitors were the 2006 Yamaha FZ1 and the 2006 Ducati Monster 1100. The engine developed 130 horsepower. There are dual disc brakes at the front and single disc brakes at the rear. The 2006 Speed Triple model also uses an electric starter like most bikes.
The Yamaha Tmax is a sporty maxi scooter designed for comfort. Yamaha first introduced the Tmax in 2001, but it was last produced in 2021. The Tmax demands attention wherever it goes. When designing the Tmax, Yamaha decided to mix superbike performance with the everyday functionality of a scooter.
The result is a surprisingly lively 500cc water-cooled four-stroke engine with an output of 45.9 hp and a top speed of 100 mph. There are also CVT and later models that come with a power outlet.
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