A sport motorcycle (sportbike) is a speed vehicle. Usually, they are equipped with high-quality suspension systems. The main property of those bikes is that they have been designed for comfort riding at a speed of more than 100 mph. Most sport bikes are designed for short distances, but this does not stop motorcycle owners from customizing their bikes with better seats, soft bags, and other features ensuring comfortable long-distance ride.
The History of Sport Bikes
The first motorbikes were not really meant for sport purposes. The first notable racing event took place on tracks designed for cycles. These motorcycles had minimum of equipment.
The first sport bike that hit the market was Brough Superior designed by a UK motorcycle company. Over the next twenty years, the motorcycle manufacturer produced for sale about 3,000 bikes. Some of its sport motorcycle models could reach more than 100mph. The production of the model discontinued after World War II.
During the war, all manufacturing resources of the UK were focused on satisfying military needs, and once it ended, the production shifted to general needs, including sport motorcycle events. There were lots of bikes and cars produced in the UK and imported to other countries, including the USA.
British motorcycle companies were more successful than their American competitors, which allowed the UK to dominate in the sport bike racing world. At the same time, lots of US bikes were customized by cutting down or removing everything. This made a bike lighter. This is how the “chopper” motorcycle was built.
The fastest sport bike in 1940s-1950s that could reach up to 125mph was Black Shadow produced by Vincent, a UK company. The Black Lighting sportbike was a racing model that could develop up to 150mph.
Over the next several years, the new sport bike models were created by Harley Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, and other famous motorcycle manufacturers. Today, there is a wide choice of various sport bikes and they are available at different sale prices.
Popular Models of Sport Bikes
There are lots of exciting sport bike models, and the following are some of the most popular ones.
The Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycle is equipped with a 1,103cc V4 engine. The sportbike weight is 10 lb. and its footpegs are higher if compared with the previous sport model. Its engine is surrounded by an aluminum frame. The bike comes with a wheelie control, traction/drift control, and the ABS brakes.
The Honda CBR250RR bike comes with 250cc twin-cylinder engine. It is hard to remain natural to the beautiful but aggressive look of this sportbike. This is a lightweight model that is prefect for high speeds.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle belongs to the Ninja sport bike series. It was first introduced in 2004 and altered over several years. The sportbike comes with extremely narrow chassis and radial brakes. It is a very light model. This sportbike won the titles of Best Superbike two years in a row from 2004 to 2005.