Looking to buy one of the 2010 superbikes on the secondhand market? This is what we said about them in our 1000cc group test when they were new…
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“Like most pleasures in life, the bigger heavily towards track action. 2010 sees its more for function than all-out performance, the package, the better the experience. And the 1000cc flock is as big as it gets. They’re where it’s at, but the Jap-dominated class has grown, with the addition of two WSB-inspired Europeans, a shit-load of power, and plenty of electronic enrichment. Although launched last year, Aprilia’s RSV4 Factory was late for class and only made an appearance for a back-to-back thrashing with the ’Blade. As you’d expect from a bike developed by Max Biaggi, the exotic V4 leans group test debut – and a chance to warrant its outrageous asking price.
“Also intensely WSB flavoured (and raced before it hit the shops) is BMW’s S 1000 RR. The brand-new Beemer ignores the fucked- up Euro regulations and punts out naughty numbers at the rear. Yet it backs the insanity up with king-ding electronics. The German aids are good – too good for the Japs? Minor updates from Kawasaki and Honda provide a glimmer of hope. The tweaks are so the ZX-10R, last year’s loser, will have to call on its circuit-based dexterity for success. Even the champion ’Blade, looks like it’ll have to work hard to claim the title for a third year running. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha’s R1 return unchanged for 2010, bar some new colours.”
The 2010 1000cc group test – READ ON…
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