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Four-cylinder mania

12th Aug 2013 9:24 pm

Can't decide between the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, CB1000R, Suzuki Hayabusa and Yamaha YZF-R1.

I am keen on buying myself a superbike. I am thinking of a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, the CB1000R, Suzuki Hayabusa or a Yamaha YZF-R1, but remain in a dilemma, as all these bikes are
such good lookers and performers. Kindly suggest an appropriate superbike for me.

Arnav Vidush, via email, Roorkee

AAA Choose based on what you need from your bike. Our long-standing favourite from your shortlist of models is the Honda CB1000R.

Honda CB1000R: strong, easy-to-use-performance. Relatively good pricing and light handling that makes it perfect to ride in Indian city conditions. Also a comfortable bike for both rider as well as pillion.

Suzuki Hayabusa: unbeatable straightline performance, provided via a wide and easy-to-master power delivery. Decent riding comfort for rider as well as pillion. One of the fastest bikes in the
world today.

The drawback is heavy handling that makes it a cumbersome motorcycle to ride in India.

Honda CBR1000RR/Yamaha YZF-R1: high-performance sportsbikes with aggressive and uncomfortable riding postures for rider as well as pillion. Unbeatable handling in a
track-like environment, along with brilliant brakes. Both bikes come with relatively peaky power delivery compared to the Hayabusa and CB1000R, which requires extra skill to tame.

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