2017 is going to be a good year for sportsbike fans all over the world, and we have some of the most important ones at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show this weekend.
Suzuki GSX-R 1000
The new GSX-R has been built with an almost cunning dedication to simplicity – but still with the level of electrickery we all expect in 2017. This is the first superbike with Variable Valve Timing, which creates a huge spread of power throughout the rev range.
The new Fireblade is better than ever and ready to take back the superbike crown. The power is useable, the torque linear, and the wheelie-happy old Blade has gone. Peak power is 189bhp and the SP model weighs just 195kg with a plethora of rider aids and electronics to keep everything in check.
Ducati 1299 Superleggera
If the supersport class is dead nobody told Yamaha, who have added M1 styling, six-level traction control, quickshifter, D-Mode, 43mm R1 forks and ABS to the R6 for 2017. There’s also a magnesium subframe and aluminium tank to keep weight down to 190kg fully wet.
Norton V4 RR
The new Norton V4 RR features Norton’s own 72-degree V4 engine, which promises to be the fastest Norton road bike ever built. The engineering is truly impressive, and so is the quality, the detail, the fit and finish. Wherever you look there’s quality engineering.
Ducati SuperSport S
It might look like a baby Panigale, but the SuperSport is an everyday road focused Ducati sportsbike designed for the masses. The engine is similar to that from the Hypermotard, but the power is spread more throughout the rev range. The S comes with Ohlins suspension, quick shifter and autoblipper, while the base model makes do with Showa forks, Sach shock and no quickshifter or autoblipper.