Top 10 High Performance Super Sport Bikes of 2015
Kawasaki Ninja H2
Kawasaki is known for producing some of the most technological advanced motorcycles on the planet. The new Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2R is a serious game changer in the motorcycle world as we know it. These two machines have set the bar pretty high, along with being the template for motorcycle engineering for years to come.
The Ninja H2 is only supercharged production hyper-sport motorcycle in the world. This monster features an all-new 998cc in-line, four cylinder engine, that was specifically machined to handle the high air pressure created by the supercharger. The pistons are extremely lightweight but yet hardened to the core to handle high temperature.
Let's look into the supercharger. It was chosen for its ability to handle the high RPM's. This bad boy is efficient at compressing air (at up to 2.4x atmospheric pressure) while minimizing the amount of heat created at UN-conceivable levels.
The supercharged was designed for the engine, and the engine was designed for the supercharger. The new transmission is MotoGP Dog-ring style. This allows the bike to achieve short shifts, along with being equipped with a Brembo hydraulic clutch for an overall smooth performance.
The H2 features the KYB fully adjustable, racing suspension. According to Kawasaki, this is the first time this type of suspension has have been used on a street legal motorcycle. The front forks are fully adjustable for high compression, damping, and preload. Kawasaki took zero chances on not equipping this beast with some of the best brakes on the market.
The H2 comes off the showroom floor with Brembo 330mm semi-floating disk, and radial-mount mono bloc calipers dressed on the front wheel. The rear features a strong 250mm disc. Both wheels on the H2 are cast aluminum and designed for the Ninja H2. They were created using analysis from Kawasaki’s World Super bike team. 5 spokes offer a more rigid feel with higher performance. The back tire is a 200mm one to keep the immense power on the ground.
Electronics play a huge part in motorcycles today, and the Ninja H2 comes equipped with KTRC traction control, and KLCM launch control. Kawasaki has used an Ohlins steering damper on most of their motorcycles in the past, and the new H2 is no exception. This damper is one of the best in business for optimal performance.
BMW became a major competitor with the release of the S1000RR back in 2009 against the "Big 4" Japanese companies producing high performance sport bikes. I cannot say enough good things about this bike. If you have never had the chance to ride one, then I suggest going to your local BMW dealer to check one out.
BMW did a complete over-haul on the S1000RR for 2015. The bike bears a similar resemblance to it's younger brothers from 09-14, but looks can be deceiving. The 2015 S1000RR is lighter, and faster, also throwing in a cruise control feature for comfort.The RR is one of the quickest 1000cc super bikes to ever be produced.
For 2015, The S1000RR gained an additional 6HP, with the overall total HP coming out to 199HP. The engine is a 999cc liquid cooled in-line 4.This machine lost a total of 9lbs from 2014, mainly due in fact to lighter everything. BMW reshaped the intake ports, revised the cam profiles, threw in much lighter valves, along with shorter velocity stacks drawing from a larger airbox.
It has a brand new exhaust system. New cylinder heads, duct geometry, and a fully new redesigned crankcase are just the beginning. It has 83 lb-ft of torque and a linear torque curve. An extreme bore/stock ratio (80x49.7mm) equipped with rocker arm-actuated valves make this motorcycle mighty stable at high speeds. As BMW puts it,
"A genuine powerhouse which demonstrates its considerably ability at all output levels."
"Speed has to be kept under control. And motorcycle control is exactly what we have been constantly reinventing over the last 20 years."
Controlling this animal at high speeds won't be a problem. BMW equipped the 2015 S1000RR with DTC 4 mode dynamic traction control to make sure the rider stays on the seat! It was designed knowing not every rider is going to be racing on this motorcycle , making it safe for the street, but not cutting corners when it comes to racing.
It has set the standards for electronic motorcycle safety in the market. If traction control wasn't enough, it also comes with ASC (Automatic Stability Control) with 3 modes for the rider. (Rain, Sport, and Race). To put this is perspective, the rider can put the bike through 15 different control settings.
Radially mounted Brembo disk brake calipers are just another one of the awesome features BMW went with on the 2015 model. If you didn't notice from talking about the Kawasaki Ninja H2, Brembo brake calipers are some hot commodities rite now in the sport bike world. Truly, top of the line engineering going on at Brembo.
The front braking system is composed of twin disc, floating brake discs,radial-fixed 4-piston calipers, diameter 320 mm, with a 5 mm thickness to give you ultimate stopping power. The rear braking is a single disc brake, one-piston floating caliper, diameter 220 mm, with a 5 mm thickness.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
Ladies and gentleman, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R has held the title of the World's most powerful mass production motorcycle since Kawasaki overhauled the entire bike back in 2012. The 14R was specially designed with 1 thing in mind back in 2006:To destroy the Suzuki Hayabusa. I have personally owned two ZX-14R's, currently I am a proud owner of a 2012 model. The 14 has the nickname,"Busa Killer".
This mammoth of a motorcycle features a HUGE 1,441cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, inline-four engine. Kawasaki says on 14R brochure that massive torque can be felt as early as 2000 rpm as key engine components have been specifically engineered to minimize pumping power loss. This—along with large bore and stroke measurements of 84mm x 65mm—contributes to the ZX-14R’s power to pull past the competition and set record times in the quarter mile.
The ZX-14R has 2 power modes that the rider can choose from. Low and full power mode. Low power mode sets the engine to run at about 75% of its operating ability, while full power mode sets the engine at 100%. These modes are optimal for bad weather conditions, wind, and etc.
The Ninja ZX-14R comes equipped with TRC traction control and digital fuel injection (DFI) that provides unmatchable performance. The TRC traction control has 3 modes the rider can switch through. It also a back-torque limiting slipper clutch that drastically reduces rear wheel hop during downshifts. - A bike this massive needs that. The DFI system provides the perfect amount of fuel for this monster of a motorcycle.
While many consider the ZX-14R to be the pinnacle in super sport bikes, this thing wasn't just made for racing the quarter mile. The bike is very comfortable to ride over long distance trips, making it also a very good touring motorcycle.The 43mm inverted forks are fully adjustable with a 18 way compression ratio to handle any road conditions. With the rear suspension featuring a bottom-link, uni-track, and a gas-chargered shock, a riders weight and height can be set for comfort.
ABS braking is the way to go now a days and the ZX-14R is no exception to quality braking. The 310 mm petal brake rotors, are complemented by radial-mounted, four-piston calipers in the front front feature two brake pads for each piston to help prevent heat deformity. The rear stopping ability comes from a single 250 mm petal disc and a two-piston caliper.
Aprilia RSV4 RR
The Italians sure have a niche for producing some of the sexiest motorcycles in the World. The 2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR was a must have on this top 10 list. Outstanding qualities of a full on racing chassis that is fine tuned to absolute perfection, and a brand new engine that puts out over 200 HP makes the RSV4 a work of art. The bike has a much greater performance then its rivals, along with being extremely light weight. It takes no prisoners on the racetrack but is also a very effective street legal motorcycle.
In 2014, The Aprilia RSV4 RR won the World Superbike Championship, but even after coming off a very successful racing season last year, the 2015 model leaves its predecessor in the dust. The Aprilia RSV4 RR produces 201hp from its 999cc V4 engine, and maximum torque coming in at 84.81 lbs•ft at 10,500 rpm. This is 16HP more then the previous model. INSANE. The bike is 3lbs lighter, and features a redesigned air box, new fuel injectors, and the air ducts were given a wider range of motion.
" The power gains come from reducing internal frictions, improving combustion efficiency, and fluid dynamic efficiencies."
The technology this motorcycle features is some. if not the best, in the industry today. The RSV4 RR is equipped with APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) which is an electronic safety package including Traction Control (aTC), Launch Control (aLC), and Wheelie Control (aWC).
Our good friends at Brembo have hooked the RSV4 RR with its highest performance braking system featuring D]dual 320-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc that includes a lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminium flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 mono-bloc radial calipers with 4 30 mm opposing pistons.
Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose in the front.The rear braking is composed of a 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo caliper with two 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose. Also included is an awesome feature, The Bosch 9MP ABS, adjustable to 3 maps equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) which can be disabled.
The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 is the flagship super sport bike for Yamaha. The R1 is new kind of innovative from a technical point of view, and design. The new crossplane engine, short wheelbase chassis and high-tech electronics, make the 2015 YZF-R1 a top contender amongst the other super bikes on the market.
The all-new 998cc four-cylinder engine that puts out 200HP is at the center of the 2015 model. The new cylinder head, has reshaped ports with larger valves (33mm intakes, 26.5mm exhausts), puts out a stunning 13.0:1 compression ratio.
Yamaha says the new crankcase has 20 percent less inertial moment than the previous crank, which dramatically improves throttle response.The crossplane design of the crankshaft has a firing sequence of 270°/180°/90°/180° which provides each piston and con rod its own, along with separate movement for power pulses that improve traction.
The engineers over at Yamaha had a specific design in mind when creating the YZF-R1 and it was to increase the air intake volume while not losing any power. The engine features lightweight, forged aluminum pistons, and low tension piston rings that drastically reduce engine friction. Titanium con rods make this machine able to handle the high compression.
The 2015 YZF-R1 isn't all about speed, the people over at Yamaha put in a ton of hard work to make the electronics second to none on their bike. The YZF-R1 featuresa thing called Rider Adaptive Technology which in part, pares Yamaha's Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with a whole bunch of electronic rider aides. The Inertial Measurement Unit is at the core of what helps tell the electronic rider aids what to do. A whopping 10 settings are featured within the Traction Control System (TCS)
- 4 settings of Slide Control System (SCS)
- 4 settings of Lift Control System (LIF)
- 3 settings of Launch Control System (LCS)
- 3 settings of Quick Shift System (QSS)
The 2015 model is the first of it's kind for Yamaha that features ABS and a unified braking system. For example: If a rider pulls hard on the front brake, the UBS kicks in and lightly activates the rear braking system. Pretty impressive stuff.
Ducati 1299 Panigale S
The 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S is making a comeback in the superbike world. The 2015 1299 Panigale S has more HP and is more powerful than it's smaller cousin, the 1199. With its 1285cc Superquadro L-Twin, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooled engine, The 1299 didn't just raise the standard, but set it with this motorcycle.
The maximum power of the Panigale is 205 hp at 10,500 rpm, with a VERY high power to weight ratio. The Superquardro engine is the most advanced, and powerful twin cylinder in the World.
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali puts the Panigale into perspective for us,
"When we first made the Panigale, we changed completely the concept of the frame, the engine and how they work together. And we change how you build a twin as it is not normal to have a twin with a 112mm bore. We did it so radical because…we wanted to have a tool that was for us a platform to be competitive with the four-cylinder bikes.”
The Panigale S is equipped with some serious brakes, and having one of the best rear suspension set up in the industry. This suspension is composed of a fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit with an electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with a semi-active mode. The lowering links are fully adjustable to the riders style.
An aluminum single-sided swingarm is something a few manufactures have started incorporating into their speed machines, which Ducati has done on the Panigale S. The front wheel features two 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 4-piston callipers with cornering ABS as standard equipment.
Now while Ducati did make many technological improvements with the 1299, some of the things they did will surprise you. The traction control on the 1299 didn't really change at all from the same traction control they have been using for years which is the DCT ( Ducati Traction Control). Ducati incorporated some new features regarding safety and power, which include the following:
- Ducati Data Analyzer DDA+ GPS
- Engine Braking Control (EBC)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
- Ducati Quick Shift (DQS)
- 3 Power Modes (Race, Sport, and Wet)
Ducati made the 1299 Panigale to bring the riders to the very apex of performance, precision riding, at the highest level. Only Ducati can bring their loyal owners the exhilaration that only a Ducati Superbike can provide.
Suzuki Hayabusa (GSX1300R)
The Suzuki Hayabusa was first introduced to the motorcycle World way back in 1999. In the Japanese language, "Hayabusa" means, peregrine falcon, a bird that known for its crazy fast speed. This bike held the record for being the World's fastest production motorcycle up until the release of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, which Kawasaki worked hard on to finally put the Busa to dust.
Even with their biggest competitor producing a faster bike then the Hayabusa, Suzuki still upgrades the Hayabusa every year incorporating badass features that continue the legacy. The 2015 Busa features a 1340cc, in-line 4-cylinder fuel injected, DOHC liquid-cooled engine with 16-valves and Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC) that all together provide phenomenal power and huge amounts of torque.
The pistons in this thing are made from extremely light weight titanium with a compression ratio of 12.5:1. A big boy bike like the Hayabusa needs some protection, and Suzuki put in an Idle Speed Control (ISC) system that improves cold starting while helping maintain stable engine idle under harsh conditions. Just like the ZX-14R, the rider is able to select from three different engine settings depending on preference.
The Hayabusa has dual-floating 310mm disc for front brakes that also are equipped efficient, radial-mount Brembo calipers, and the rear 260mm brake comes with a single-piston brake caliper that work together with a new ABS system offering superior braking performance.
The Hayabusa's instrument cluster features four analog meters for speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and water temperature with an S-DMS mode indicator, gear position indicator and adjustable engine-rpm indicator.
MV Agusta F4RR
You have to open up your imagination to even fathom the level of sexiness the MV Augusta F4RR has, it's truly unbelievable. It is really a masterpiece of state of the art technology, design, and engine developments all rolled into one motorcycle.
The F4 RR contains UN- heard of engineering advances and thoroughbred excellence, ensuring total bike control for the rider. The bike is 5 percent more powerful then it's baby brother, the F4. While the F4RR is street legal, there is no doubt that it is race track ready bone stock. MV Augusta had this to say about the RR,
"We wanted to create a vehicle that would exceed customer expectations, one with an electronics-focused technological platform that improves engine power delivery and ride dynamics on both road and track. All combined with a fully revised engine that punches out record-breaking performance."
An advanced four-cylinder engine gives life to the F4RR. The peak rev limit will reach 14,000 rpm, while F4 RR can a whopping 200.8HP. They upgraded the entire engine for the RR, all the connecting rods are made out of titanium, to improve strength, which are paired with a perfectly matched crankshaft. Intake, and exhaust valves both use a single spring instead of two, this way moving mass is reduced to the speed reached by the motor and the speed and reactivity to engine rpm. Four engine maps are available to the rider that are all customizable.
If the MV Augusta F4 RR was a woman, these characteristics would mean love at first:
- MVICS Technology (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System)
- ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire system and four maps engine
- Throttle sensitivity adjustable (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
- Max torque (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
- Variable Engine response (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
- Engine Braking (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
- RPM limiter (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
- Inertial vehicle lean angle sensor
- Traction control adjustable on eight levels
- Electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)
- Modular mixed structure frame with hand TIG welded tubular steel trellis and aluminum plates
- Öhlins suspension with electronic control (F4 RR ABS)
- Brembo monobloc brake calipers (model M50 on the F4 RR ABS)
Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 is finally making a return to MotoGP racing, with that said, the new GSX-R1000 is dressed in Suzuki Racing Blue to express Suzuki’s passion for racing. For more than a decade the R1000 was the most successful name in 1,000cc based road racing around the World, holding on to the title of "Top Performer", a title that has been lost to more powerful, and advanced bikes. Suzuki is making a comeback with the 2015 R1000.
The GSX-R1000 features a 999cc four-cylinder power plant engine with a bore x stroke ratio of 74.5mm x 57.3mm that brings better throttle response across the entire rpm range with a potential of good race track performance. It pushes out 182 HP, which is a pretty impressive power to weight ratio.
Forged pistons that are designed with the Finite Element Method (FEM) are at the center of the new R1000. All the new features were designed, and developed around proven MotoGP racing technology. It also comes with a new 4-2-1 exhaust system for maximum torque and precision shaped combustion chambers with a compression ratio of 12.9:1 that promote low-range and mid-range performance to a broader torque curve.
Honestly I was disappointed with this motorcycle, Suzuki could have incorporated more technological features in the 2015 GSX-R1000. It becomes the first motorcycle on this list that does NOT have traction control, which for some reason Suzuki felt they didn't need to feature, but for the rest of the motorcycle world, Suzuki is still years behind other Super Bikes.
The biggest announcement from Suzuki regarding the R1000, was that it will receive race replica graphics, even though the bike hasn't proved anything in the MotoGP World yet.
Some of the only features on the GSX-R1000 are ones that have been around for years in the industry which include:
- The front disc brakes are equipped with the top-of-the–line radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers along with a single-piston caliper rear brake.
- Electronically controlled steering damper.
- Fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Front forks (BPF)
- 3-way adjustable footpegs, adjustable shift lever and short fuel tank.
- Rear shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping, spring preload, and both high-speed and low-speed compression damping allowing for a wide range of conditions.
- Engine Control Module (ECM)
- Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of three performance settings.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Kawasaki is one step ahead of the competition in 2015, with bikes, like the ZX-14R, and Ninja H2, who can disagree? The 2015 ZX-10R is no exception to the engineering going on at Kawasaki.
The 2015 ZX-10R remains unchanged from the 2014 model, and that goes to show riders that they got it rite the first time. Don't change something that is already good. It produces awesome performance and has excellent handling, a thing race teams flock to the ZX-10R for. This bike does not disappoint on any levels.
All 4 of my motorcycles have been Kawasaki Ninjas, with my second being a 2008 Ninja ZX-10R. Kawasaki keeps loyal customers like myself, coming back for more. The 2015 ZX-10R gets it power from a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 998cc inline-4 engine.
It has a cylinder bore and stroke of 76 x 55 mm which makes the engine over square, an engine that can rev high with also being a producer of a ton of power. The motorcycle uses four 47mm Keihin throttle bodies with oval sub-throttles, two injectors per cylinder that come into play when the bike hits certain speed thresholds.
The 2015 ZX-10R comes equipped with a Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) system. This system will collect data from wheel sensors, wheel speed, engine speed, wheel slippage and acceleration to unheard traction. This S-KTRC system is not like the KTRC system which is used on the ZX-14R, and the Concours.
The S-KTRC system was designed for performance, and being able to predict when the ZX-10R will lose traction. This allows for a small amount of wheel slippage for greater acceleration but when slippage exceeds a certain level, it adjusts engine power to optimize tire grip. The S-KTRC system has three separate riding modes:
- Level 1- Used for race track conditions.
- Level 2- Immediate road use.
- Level 3- Slippery, or rainy conditions.
The ZX-10R is equipped with Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock brake system (KIBS) that is capable of sharing data with the S-KTRC system that is able to sense. when a wheel may lock up. Kawasaki says the KIBS also suppresses rear-end lift during hard braking, reduces lever kickback and increases rear-brake control when downshifting.
The front braking system two 310mm petal-cut discs with four-piston radial-mount calipers. The rear brake is a 220mm disc and single-piston caliper.
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