What goes your heart racing? For me, it has always been speed. And nothing has ever given me more thrills than riding superbikes. So what constitutes a superbike?
Sports bikes or motorcycles can be divided into three categories.
- Lightweights: These are the sportbikes with an engine displacement of up to 500cc. These are also called entry-level or beginner’s bikes.
- Middleweights: The sportbikes with an engine displacement between 600cc to 750cc, typically qualifies as a middleweight sportbikes. Also known as mid-sized or supersport bikes.
- Superbikes: These are the beasts we are talking about here. They are also referred to as liter-class or literbikes. Bikes with an engine displacement of 1000cc qualify as a superbike. And these are usually the fastest bikes on the road. International races consisting of the fastest sports bikes ais called the superbike racing for the same reason.
Of late, we have seen a significant rise in the sale of middleweight sports bikes and the superbikes in India. It’s good to see the growth of avid superbike enthusiasts who are purchasing superbikes not as basic transportation, but for the pure passion of driving an ultra-performance machine. They thrive for thrills and super excitement. But this does not come cheap. Superbikes are fast but at the same time, they are super expensive as well.
Here is the list of the top 10 superbikes in India. I have tried to include a few important details like “Top Speed”, “Power”, “Torque”, and “Engine Displacement” along with the price. The prices mentioned are all ex-showroom.
Kawasaki Ninja H2
Kawasaki is a Japanese giant when it comes to making superbikes. They really know their stuff. Ninja H2 is the fastest production motorcycle available in India.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 falls under the company’s supercharges super sports bike category. They also have a track-only variant called the Ninja H2R, so, this one is a little restrained, in order to make it street legal bike.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 has achieved a top speed of 337.06 km/h (209.442 mph). It is powered by a 998cc liquid-cooled, supercharged, in-line four-cylinder engine. This engine produces a massive 228 bhp power and 133.5Nm of torque @10,500 rpm. You get a 6-speed transmission and the bike weighs 240kgs approximately. The cost of Kawasaki Ninja H2 in India is a whopping INR 34.5 Lacs.
BMW S 1000 RR
BMW S 1000 RR is a BMW Motorrad production and was initially made to compete in Superbike World Championship. However they soon decide to make some variations as to make it road legal. In 2010, they started producing these bikes commercially.
Unlike Ninja H2, BMW S1000 RR is not supercharged, however, with its 999cc, 4-stroke, 16-valve DOHC straight-four, liquid-cooled engine, it pretty much matches up with the Kawasaki’s beast. This monster can go from 0-100kmph speed in around 2.6 seconds and can reach top speed of 303 km/h (188 mph). It can produce the power of 204hp at 13,500 rpm and has a torque of 113 Nm at 11,000 rpm. It weighs 197 kgs and would cost you INR 18.5 Lacs.
Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati Panigale V4 is an Italian monster that is probably the best of all superbikes. Launched recently in the year 2018, Panigale V4 boasts of an all-new V4 engine, Desmosedici Stradale engine derived from it’s MotoGP version. It has the best in the segment throttle response and is powered by a monstrous 1103cc engine.
Similar to BMW S1000 RR, Ducati Panigale V4 has a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 16-valve DOHC inline engine. It provides 211 bhp of power at 13,000 rpm and 124 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. You get a 6-speed gearbox and the all-new designed frame keeps the kerb weight down to 200kgs. A Ducati Panigale V4 would cost you around INR 21.75 Lacs in India.
Suzuki Hayabusa was probably the most popular superbike in India, after millions saw Bollywood celebrities unleashing it’s raw power in movies like Dhoom. Indians adored this bike. Even I had a Hayabusa posters in my room for ages. Such was the fan following in India for this Japanese superbike.
Hayabusa, also known as GSX1300R, has been in production since 1999. It holds the title of the fastest sports bike of the 20th century. It used to clock 312 kmph speed, back in 1999 but due to laws that were constituted in years to come, Hayabusa had to go through many changes. Though, it can still do a mind-boggling 299kmph.
Hayabusa is equipped with a powerful 1340cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine that generates 197hp @9500 rpm and a torque of 133Nm @7600 rpm. The engine is mated with a six-speed gearbox and the bike weighs a whopping 266 kgs. Despite its weight and size, the bike can reach around 300kmph speed shows how brutal it’s raw power really is. It would cost you INR 13.70 Lacs in India.
Aprilia RSV4 RF
The RSV4 is the flagship model manufactured by the Italian company, Aprilia. The superbike has 4 variants namely Aprilia RSV4 Factory, RSV4 R, RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF. We are going to talk about the limited edition RSV4 RF superbike.
Launched in year 2016, this particular model is lighter, has more power and gets much improved handling and electronics. The track oriented edition boasts of awesome features like Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC), Aprilia Wheelie Control, Aprilia Launch Control system and Aprilia’s Quick Shift.
Aprilia RSV4 RF is powered by a liquid-cooled 999cc V4 engine, which is capable of producing solid power of 198.2 bhp and a torque of 115Nm @ 10,500 rpm. Engine mated with a six-speed gearbox, this beautiful looking machine can reach a top speed of 300kmph. Aprilia RSV4 RF would cost you around INR 22.80 Lacs rupees in India.
MV Agusta F4 RR
Known for it’s good looks and ultra performance, MV Agusta F4 RR is often dubbed as Modern Classic. The F4 RR also known as MV Agusta F4 RR CorsaCorta, was first introduced in the year 2011.
The superbike is based on a solid steel tubular trellis-frame and features a single-sided aluminum swingarm which provides better control at high speeds. The framework is made with super light CrMo (Chromium Molybdenum) which helps the bike weigh a meager 190 kgs only. Electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension makes this superbike a delight to drive. One of it’s most striking feature is the beautiful looking exhaust system that is placed beneath the pillion rider’s seat.
The 998cc four-stroke in-line V4 engine produces a massive power of 201 bhp and 111Nm of torque @9600 rpm. The Agusta F4 RR can reach a top speed of 298 km/h and in India, it will cost you approximately INR 34.72 Lacs, making it the most expensive superbike in our list.
Suzuki GSX-R 1000
A second heavyweight from the Japanese company Suzuki makes this list. The Suzuki GSK-R 1000 is the best litre class sports bike among the Suzuki’s GSX-R series. The superbike boasts of fine features like aerodynamics inspired from MotoGP, motion tracking brake system, lightweight aluminium chassis, Showa suspension, variable valve timing, Brembo discs and radial mount calipers among many more class features.
The latest model of Suzuki GSX-R gets a 999cc, four-stroke, inline-four, liquid-cooled engine that produces a grunting power of 202 bhp at 13,200 rpm and a peak torque of 117.6Nm at 10,000 rpm. The bike weighs 203 kgs and can attain a top speed of 300km/h. It is also an expensive superbike as it will set you back by INR 34.71 Lac rupees in India. That is the same territory as the MV Agusta F4 RR.
Yamaha YZF R1
Yet another Japanese production, the Yamaha YZF R1 takes lot of inspiration from it’s big brother, the giant at MotoGP, the Yamaha YZR M1. Simply referred to as R1, the superbike has been in production since the year 1998.
The feature enriched Yamaha YZF R1 includes a sophisticated Traction Control System, Antiwheelie Lift Control system, Launch Control system, and Quick Shift system. A short wheelbase of just 1405mm and a meager weight of 199 kgs make it easy to turn corners at high speed.
Yamaha R1 can attain a top speed of 293km/h and is powered by a 998 cc, liquid cooled, 4-cylinder FI engine. It can produce a power of 194.3 bhp @ 13,500 rpm while producing a torque of 112.4 Nm at 11,500 rpm. This superbike will cost you INR 20.4 Lacs in India.
Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade
After Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, here is another superbike maker from Japan, called Honda. The Honda CBR 1000 RR has been in production since the year 2004. It is the seventh generation that was launched in the year 2019. It is marketed in some countries as Fireblade.
The Honda CBR 1000RR was designed and developed by the same team that was behind the MotoGP series. The newest generation is equipped with a state of the art, nine level adjustable traction system, slipper clutch, a TFT LCD monitor, titanium muffler tuned for sound. quick shift, ABS and other electronic aids for the rider.
Honda CBR 1000RR is 999 cc, liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine that produces power of 186.3 bhp at 13000 rpm and torque of 114 Nm at 11000 rpm. The Fireblad weighs almost 15 kgs lesser than it’s predecessor and now weighs 201 kgs. It can attain a top speed of 300 km/h, however the rumor around is that the eight generation in development will be capable of doing 320km/h. The Honda liter-class CBR 1000RR costs around INR 18.50 lacs in India.
A second bike by Ducati in this list after Ducati Panigale V4. Ducati Diavel has been in production since the year 2010. Diavel (meaning devil) has characteristics of a superbike as well as a modern-day cruiser. Some people absolutely love it looks while some people hate it. I think it looks stunning.
Ducati Diavel is a liter-class, ultra-high-performance superbike that is powered by a massive 1198cc engine. The bike comes with three riding modes namely, Sports, Touring, and Urban. The modes are pretty self-explanatory, so you can expect the comfort on any terrain without a doubt.
Ducati Diavel is gorgeous to look at and it weighs the most of all superbikes in the list. It’s 234 kgs which is much on the heavier side. But the big 1198cc, 4V, liquid-cooled EFI engine, gives out 162 bhp power @ 9,250 rpm and peak torque of 130.5 Nm @ 8800 rpm. The engine makes up for the weight and makes the bulky beast transform into one of the fastest sports bikes. It can achieve a speed of 270 km/h. In India, you can purchase a Ducati Diavel for INR 17.70 lacs.
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