So, we are here to talk about the top 10 sports bikes. Something which has always been a thought or should I say a dream to many.
Owning some of the best Sports Bike and cruising down the coastline with someone really special sitting back and hugging you. Well, or just pack up and tie the load behind and just shift gears till all the loads you carry inside is let gone and set free.
#1. The KAWASAKI NINJA 300
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 with its new Edition, was released this year. And I must say, the company fails to impress the Indian market.
The ride managed to get a few very minor changes, without being too hard on the research and development department. The most important change they have made is making the Sports Bike meet the new Indian Emission Standards.
The paint job and cosmetics are the other improvisations. The new Ninja 300 has a thicker rear tyre as compared to the other bikes by Kawasaki. It is priced at Rs 3.64 lakh (ex-showroom) and has the same 296cc parallel-twin engine.
Which hits 38 bhp and has a peak torque of 27 Nm. This is undoubtedly one of the best in our top 10 sports bikes list.
#2. HONDA CBR 650F
Falling into one of the top 10 Sports Bikes we have The Honda CBR 650F with some Stunning looks.
However, Honda doesn’t seem to be concerned about improvising on the style quotient since early 2000, those making more dashing looking.
The CBR 650F comes with a ‘V’ shaped set of headlights in a raked fairing. Which gives the bike a conservative look, and also looks a little too sedated.
The CBR 650F has a tapered, visor that is also see-through. It is done to improve the overall riding of the bike at high speeds. Which the CBR 650F is certain of doing so.
It comes with a broad speedometer and it is all-digital, yet it is what you called old fashioned. The new CBR has an adjustable front brake, as well and they are well finished in the alloy.
Switchgear is in top-notch. Shaped to be smooth and easy to operate. They seem to have worked on the safety of the bike, as it comes with a hazard warning button, and kill switch to the engine. Because of its dashing looks, this hits our list of top 10 sports bikes.
#3. Ducati 959 Panigale
One of the higher end of the best sports bike. Riders have a craving for this highly potent machine, be it performance or looks. We take one look at the Ducati 959 and it leaves us awestruck. By the size, it is the Smallest looking Sports bike in the Ducati. The first riders have told us that the performance of the bike is as sharp and classy as the looks. It is powered by a 955 cc L-Twin engine that vents out 155 bhp and 107.4 Nm of torque.
I imagine the expectations you have, and it will not let you down on hopes. It has a wide range of electronics gives it a more enjoyable trip for those who do are yet to harness the skills on a track.
The bike comes with three riding mode options. Race, Sport, and Wet. Each mode has a different power and multiple settings for other electronics such as ABS, traction control, wheelie control and so on.
The starting price for the 959 Panigale is ₹ 14.73 lakh (Ex-showroom).
#4. Triumph Daytona 675
The Triumph Daytona is the only 675 cc sports bike that is sold and purchased legally in India. This is not the kind of bike for everyday use, but instead, Triumph has kept the performance factor as the main focus.
The monster is powered by a 675cc motor with three cylinders and touches a whopping 117 bhp and 70.2 Nm of torque. A slipper variety clutch with a 6-speed gearbox makes it easier for us for the aggressive and quick downshifts on the road.
But what’s more impressive is the way the In-line triple hands out that power in silken refinement and an engine note that is instantly likeable.
If you are regular at the tracks, then the Daytona is sure to please you every single time you take it out on a circuit.
The Triumph Daytona is priced at ₹ 10.69 Lakh (Ex-showroom) with the 675R costing a Lakh and a half more. The Daytona 675R also has Race ABS, which allows for a slight slip at the rear, before intervening. Undoubtedly this had to hit our list of top 10 sports bikes.
#5. SUZUKI GSX-R1000
Suzuki how has contributed a lot to the making and development of the GSX-R1000. We are told that, its purest form of performance, with the only electronics being ABS and traction control. A 999 cc motor sends 160 horse kicks to the rear wheels with the manual 6-speed gearbox.
In terms of Suzuki, the bike is not what you would call good-looking.
The looks of the GSX-R1000 could not be pleasing to the eyes. Suzuki recently unveiled the 2017 model of the GSX-R1000 globally. The prices for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 are expected to start at ₹ 16 lakh (Ex-showroom).
$6. KAWASAKI ZX-10R
Kawasaki had launched the new modified version of ZX-10R in India. With a price of ₹ 16.94 lakh (Ex-showroom). The alien green colour is more than Eye-Catching for anyone to see the bike in his mirror.
However, the 2016 model got a lighter crank, titanium valves, lighter pistons and a larger Airbox, all these done to increase the performance. The engine is still a 999 cc crafting about 197 bhp with peak torque of 113.5 Nm.
New riders will be cool with such features and give them a helping hand in sticky situations as well. In our list of top 10 sports bikes, this is one of the best looking.
#7. Yamaha YZF-R1S
Following down the list of top 10 sports bikes, The Yamaha YZF R1 has always been one of the most classic Sports bikes in India.
This bike has the 2016 model available in India, it is a Sportbike focused on nothing much other than performance. The 998 cc engine unleashes 197 horse kicks along with a peak torque of 112 Nm.
The R1 has something called a Six-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which keeps feeding the beast with data and a host of rider electronic instruments, that make sure you stay balanced on the tarmac.
The current-generation of R1 is the first production bike in the world to get a slide control system which allows for the slip at the rear wheel and the level of intervention can be adjusted too.
Then, there are forms of traction control, wheelie control, ABS. All of which are adjustable. This Ride’s price starts at ₹24.75 Lakh (Ex-showroom).
#8. Ducati Monster 821
With a starting price of ₹ 9.72 Lakh, the Monster 821 is the Ducati you can buy right now, and which may suit your budget in the Ducati segment.
The Ducati Monster 821 is a bike that can easily end up as your daily ride. It has a brash, aggressive design and the roaring sound is enough to clear up the road ahead, like every other Ducati. Because it is a Ducati !
The bike has a quite comfortable seating position, you can tour on it as well. The power comes from an 821 cc twin motor that makes 110.5 bhp and 89.4 Nm of torque.
All that power is delivered to the wheel with a 6-speed gearbox. Ducati bikes are always hosted on electronics.
The 821 is featured with 9-step ABS, 8-step traction control, ride-by-wire and 3 Riding Modes.
This year though, the Monster is expected to get more affordable with the new Ducati Monster 797 which will be the entry-level Ducati in India. Let’s continue down the list of our top 10 sports bikes in India.
#9. 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000
The only Naked Sports Bike by Suzuki in this segment. Suzuki brings the GSX-S1000, and it has some serious ferocity.
The lines gave it a solid street presence and Suzuki has done well to make into an all-rounder street bike with good performance and practicality in equal measure.
It is very quick and can be used as a bike for daily riding as well. The 4-cylinder 999 cc engine makes 140 bhp and 106 Nm of peak torque.
The GSX-S1000 gets minimal electronics with only ABS and a 3-step traction control being offered, like most Japanese Superbikes.
The bike is the perfect blend of performance and practicality. The prices for the Suzuki GSX-S1000 start at ₹ 12.25 Lakh (Ex-showroom).
#10. Yamaha MT-09
The last motorcycle on our list of Top 10 Sports Bike in India is the Yamaha MT-09. Launched in India at the 2016 Auto Expo the MT-09 is a bike that carries a lovely minimalistic design.
Yamaha gave out statements that the bike keeps practicality and the main focus is easy to use, ahead of everything else.
That does not mean the bike is less on power. It gets an 847cc 3-cylinder mill that belts out 113.43 bhp and 87.5 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Rider support has an ABS and a 2 step control for the traction which can be also be switched off. At present, this is the only naked sports model from Yamaha on sale in India.
One can purchase Yamaha MT-09 for ₹11.36 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
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