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Imported Sports Bikes in India

imported sports bikes in India

Imported bikes enjoy a cult status among Indian bike aficionados. Notwithstanding their exorbitant pricing, high-performance superbikes like Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki Ninja have been plying in the Indian roads courtesy the cash-rich, style-savvy Indian youth. These awesome machines have been imported to India as the home-grown manufacturers are yet to come up with genuine high-speed superbikes.

Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki introduced the sportbike Suzuki GSX1300R, popularly known as the Hayabusa, in 1999. Since its inception the Suzuki Hayabusa was widely regarded as the fastest production motorcycle in the world until major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers voluntarily imposed speed regulators in their bikes.

The Hayabusa derives its name from the Japanese term for the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest creature on the planet with speeds in excess of 300 km/h in its hunting dive. The Hayabusa’s 4-stroke, four-cylinder liquid-cooled 1299cc engine enables it to generate an enormous peak power of 175 bhp at 9800 rpm and reach from 0-100 km/h in three seconds flat.

The Hayabusa’s roaring success prompted other motorcycle manufacturers to come up with similar speed merchants like the BMW K1200S and the Kawasaki ZX-14R.

Suzuki Hayabusa Technical Specifications

Specs Engine 1299cc, 4-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, TSCC
Bore x Stroke 81.0 x 63.0mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Fuel System Keihin/Denso Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition Digital/Transistorized
Transmission 6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive #530 chain
Overall Length 2140mm (84.3 in.)
Overall Width 740mm (29.1 in.)
Overall Height 1155mm (45.5 in.)
Seat Height 805mm (31.7 in.)
Ground Clearance 120mm (4.7 in.)
Wheelbase 1485mm (58.5 in.)
Dry Weight 217kg (478 lbs.) 218kg (480 lbs.) CA. model
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, fully adjustable spring preload, 14-way adjustable rebound damping and 13-way adjustable compression damping
Suspension Rear Link-type, gas/oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload, 22-way adjustable compression & rebound damping
Brakes Front Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front 120/70-ZR-17
Tires Rear 190/50-ZR-17
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 L (5.5 gal.) 19.0 L (5.0 gal.) CA. model
Color Black, Red, Blue


Yamaha YZF R1

The Yamaha YZF-R1 bike, launched in 1998, revolutionized the sportbike landscape by successfully combining the awesome power available previously in the true liter class (1,000cc) with the lightweight and responsiveness that a 600-class chassis affords.

Over the years, despite maintaining its distinctive sharp look, the R1 has undergone technical upgradations to keep pace with the times. The 2006 edition features a short-stroke 998cc DOHC, 20-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine that produces a peak power of 175 bhp.

The dual-valve fuel injection system uses motor-driven secondary throttle valves and 32-bit ECU for responsive, instantaneous power delivery. The refurbished Deltabox V frame, revised forks and a 20mm longer swingarm facilitate superb handling in the R1.

In 2006, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yamaha racing in America, Yamaha released a Limited Edition yellow/white/black YZF-R1 in original Yamaha racing colours.

Yamaha YZF-R1 Technical Specifications

Type 998cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder
Bore x Stroke 77 x 53.6mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1
Carburetion Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI
Transmission 6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive #530 O-ring chain
Suspension (Front) 43mm inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression damping, rebound damping; 4.7″ travel
Suspension (Rear) Single shock w/piggyback reservoir; adjustable for hi-/lo-speed compression damping, rebound damping, spring preload
Brakes (Front) Dual 310mm discs; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brakes (Rear) 220mm disc w/single-piston caliper
Tires (Front) 120/70-ZR17
Tires (Rear) 190/50-ZR17
Chassis Measurement
Length 81.1″
Width 28.3″
Height 43.7″
Seat Height 32.9”
Wheelbase 55.7”
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0”
Fuel Capacity 4.75 gal.
Dry Weight 381 lbs.
Primary Reduction Ratio 65/43 (1.512)
Secondary Reduction Ratio 45/17 (2.647)
Gear Ratio – 1st Gear 38/15 (2.533)
Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear 33/16 (2.063)
Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear 37/21 (1.762)
Gear Ratio – 4th Gear 35/23 (1.522)
Gear Ratio – 5th Gear 30/22 (1.364)
Gear Ratio – 6th Gear 33/26 (1.269)
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Kawasaki ZX12R Ninja

With the Kawasaki ZX12R Ninja, Kawasaki plunged into the high-performance sportbike war raging among the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. The Ninja’s liquid-cooled, 1199cc DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine generates a peak power of 178 bhp at 10500 rpm.

The Kawasaki Ninja’s revolutionary all-aluminium monocoque frame and cast steering swingarm pivot areas realise an extremely stiff structure and contribute to the bike’s superb high-speed stability and supersport handling performance.

The ZX12R’s wind-tunnel designed fairing was developed with help from Kawasaki’s aircraft division and the redesigned upper cowl has a shorter nose for improved aerodynamics and a sportier look. In honour of an agreement reached among Japanese manufacturers, starting with 2001 models, Kawasaki introduced speed limiters in the ZX-12R to reduce the bike’s top speed to 300 km/h.

Kawasaki ZX12R Ninja Technical Specifications

Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, inline four
Displacement 1,198cc
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 55.4mm
Compression ratio 12.2:1
Cooling Liquid
Carburetion Fuel injection with 46mm throttle bodies and sub throttles
Ignition Digital
Transmission Six-speed
Frame Aluminum monocoque
Rake / trail 23.5° / 3.9 in.
Suspension (front) 43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload
Suspension ( rear) UNI-TRAK® system with single shock, adjustable compression and rebound damping, adjustable ride height, and adjustable preload
Wheel el (front) 4.7 in.
Wheel travel (rear) 5.5 in.
Tire (front) 120/70 x 17 tubeless
Tire (rear) 200/50 x 17 tubeless
Front brake 320mm dual hydraulic discs
Rear brake 230 single hydraulic disc
Overall length 82.1 in.
Overall width 29.1 in.
Overall height 47.2 in.
Ground clearance 4.7 in.
Seat height 32.3 in.
Dry weight 463 lbs.
Fuel capacity 5.0 gal.
Wheelbase 57.1 in.

Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird

The CBR1100XX was the culmination of Honda’s ambitious effort to produce the ultimate superbike with a breathtaking performance. The unique design of the Blackbird facilitates excellent aerodynamics by achieving a small frontal area and one of the lowest effective coefficients of drag in motorcycling, while ensuring a remarkably high level of wind protection and rider comfort.

The CBR’s liquid-cooled, 16-valve DOHC inline-four cylinder 1137cc engine generates a peak power of 153 bhp at 10000 rpm. On the braking front, Honda’s revolutionary Linked Braking System (LBS), first used in the 1993 CBR1000F and completely revised on the 1996 ST1100, simultaneously engages both front and rear brakes when either the front brake lever or rear brake pedal is used.

The CBR’s dual-spar diamond-configuration aluminum frame features a triple-box-section extruded aluminum swingarm that offers exceptional rigidity without excessive size and weight. The swingarm is supported by a standard Honda Pro-Link rear suspension system which features an H.M.A.S. rear damper.

Honda CBR1100XX Technical Specifications

Engine Type 1137cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder
Bore and Stroke 79mm x 58mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Valve Train DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection with automatic enricher circuit
Ignition Computer-controlled digital with 3-dimensional mapping
Transmission Close-ratio 6-speed
Final Drive 530 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 43mm HMAS™ cartridge fork; 4.7 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® HMAS single shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front Brakes Linked Braking System™; Dual 310mm discs with three-piston calipers
Rear Brakes Linked Braking System; Single 256mm disc with three-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70 ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire 180/55 ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase 58.7 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0º
Trail 99mm(3.9 inches)
Seat Height 31.9 inches
Dry Weight 491.6 pounds
Fuel Capacity 6.3 gallons, including 1.1-gallon reserve
Color Badass Metallic Titanium



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