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This is an interesting piece to read comparing the 4 major 1000cc bikes out today..CBR1000RR,GSXR1000,YZF R1, & ZX10R...its a bit long, so I put in part of the article in the thread, but I've put the link, so you can check it out the rest of it...

We have to start this story with some perspective for the reader. Perspective is always important when reading someone's opinion about a product, of course, but it is critical when reading this comparison between the four motorcycles recently tested by MD.

Let's start by pointing out that Suzuki's GSX-R1000 has received accolades throughout the world from the motorcycling press over the past few years -- clearly acknowledged as the top dog in the open-class sport bike category. Indeed, the GSX-R1000 was named the top motorcycle in the world by a group of publications (that included Cycle World here in the United States) in its latest iteration. The GSX-R1000 is a fantastic motorcycle. It finishes last in this comparison test. Not by much.

When motorcycle manufacturers decide which category of motorcycle deserves the highest number of development dollars (R&D dollars), they obviously look at sales volume and profits. The cruiser category is number one here in the United States, but sport bikes are not far behind. Sport bikes sell in large numbers, and therefore feed the bottom line of major manufacturers in a significant way, while also serving as a very important corporate image builder (corporate "flagship", if you will). This is why Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha all responded with entirely new open-class sport bikes for 2004, bikes that arguably (an important qualifier) surpass the incredibly high standards set by the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

But what are these bikes good at? If the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is already gross overkill in the acceleration, top speed, braking and handling categories for the average street rider, does the average rider, or even a good rider, need something "better"? Or, does it just come down to a matter of styling preference and dealer convenience ("Joe's Motorcycles is closest to me, they sell Brand X, and therefore I'm buying Brand X.")? These are good, and legitimate, questions. Questions we will try to answer for you, but questions that nevertheless will linger regardless of what anybody says about these four exceptional machines.

Fortunately, we have already given you the technical details about each of our competitors, including the Honda CBR1000RR here, the Yamaha R1 here, the Kawasaki ZX-10R here, and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 here (a test of the 2003 model -- essentially unchanged for 2004, except in minor respects). We can focus now on riding these motorcycles.

You can ride these motorcycles in essentially two places, on the track and on the street. We could have tested these motorcycles on the track (and we have no objection to doing so), but several other publications have already done this. Primarily, these other publications placed an extremely competent track rider (typically, a racer turned journalist) on these motorcycles, and set fastest lap times. You then read the results, and draw your own conclusions ("Gee, if I could ride like Sam Fastguy, I could lap Willow Springs 0.7 seconds quicker on Brand X than on Brand Y."). This information is useful when it comes to determining the 10/10ths capabilities of these motorcycles, don't get us wrong, but we chose to focus on street riding.

We did choose extremely good riders to test these motorcycles on the street. Three of our four testers are expert-level road racers. More importantly, they are extremely experienced as street riders, and ride motorcycles on the street all the time (something that is not true of many road racers -- some of them hate riding on the street, and do not do it).

So our testers operate at an extremely high skill level, with yours truly excepted (I won't pass judgment on my own skills, except to say they are somewhat less than the other three testers involved). If their skill level skews the results somewhat, so be it. You shouldn't be shopping for one of these four motorcycles unless your own skill level is pretty high (not necessarily as high as some of our testers), and you will find their opinions varied nonetheless. There is no consensus here.

We will give you an overall ranking of the four machines below, but pay close attention to the individual rider's opinions at the end of this article. Three of the four bikes received a first place vote from at least one rider........

And the winner is............................................

guess you'll have to read the article to find out... :)
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