ultimate sports bike test

Tan lines, outdoor boozing and socks with sandals; there are many signs that signify the start of the Great British summer, but for us here at Fast Bikes, this most revered time of the year is traditionally kicked off with the world’s biggest, toughest and fastest sportsbike test.

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It’s who we are, it’s what we do and for the past 17 years we’ve been able to categorically outline the best performing new metal through our gladiatorial, head-to-head, no-nonsense track shoot out.

We’re talking about SBOTY, which has been our staple approach to experiencing the good, the bad and the sometimes confusing make-up of what manufacturers have had to offer, across all shapes and sizes of sportsbike goodness.

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It’s been one hell of a ride, but for 2019, at the behest of your requests, we’re upping the ante. Welcome to USB! Nope, we’re not referring to one of those funny little dongles that you plug into your computer to download adult material, we’re talking about Ultimate Sports Bike.

At the risk of sounding like a used car salesman, and getting all heady with the pitch, trust us when we say that this is our most comprehensive sportsbike test yet, seeing us getting stuck in on the road, around Cadwell Park racetrack and on Bruntingthorpe’s private testing ground to work out which of 2019’s performance-fuelled offerings has what it takes to collar the inaugural USB crown.

Read the rest of this comprehensive feature in the Summer issue of Fast Bikes, in the shops NOW!

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