In December’s article we talked about the most anticipated electric motorcycles of 2021, but now it’s the turn of what we think are the best superbikes of this year. The criteria could not be other than their power, speed and aesthetics. Needless to say, in any list there is a degree of subjectivity, so your favorites could be others. Here we go!
1. BMW S1000RR
This model appeared in 2009 to change the rules of the game. Eleven years later, the German brand has presented the new third generation model, which is better in every way. For starters, it has got rid of the asymmetric headlights that were so much talked about, and is more powerful (207hp at 13,5000 rpm, with 113 Nm of maximum torque), lighter and easier to drive than its predecessors.
Its road handling, raw power and aesthetics make the S1000RR a fierce competitor, standing up not only to the Ducati Panigale V4S but also to Honda’s Fireblade.
If you want more, BMW as always offers a long list of accessories and customization options. In addition to the M1000RR racing version.
2. Suzuki GSX-R1000R
Suzuki had been a major player in the supersport class since the launch of the first GSX-R1000K1 in 2001. However it became less competitive from 2007 onwards as it got bigger and heavier. The big news came in 2017 with the introduction of the MotoGP-inspired GSX-R1000 in two versions, the basic and the “R”. The aesthetics and power of the “blue thunder” make it the superbike par excellence for many.
To celebrate the hundred years of the Japanese firm, in 2020 they renewed the GSX-R1000R, both in aesthetics and power: 199 hp with 117.6 Nm of torque.
3. Ducati Panigale V4S
Most superbikes are capable of taking your breath away, but the Panigale does it in every way: aesthetics, spec and performance.
The Ducati Panigale V4 was launched in 2018 and thoroughly revamped in 2020, incorporating many of the components of the Panigale V4 R, such as the spoilers that give it more efficiency at high speeds. In 2021 it has received further improvements in 3 versions: standard, the S and the SP. The latter has an amazing decoration, very similar to the Ducati MotoGP winter test bikes.
The Panigale has a maximum power output of 214 hp at 13,000 rpm, a beast that Ducati claims is easy to control.
4. Yamaha YZF-R1
The R1 has been at the very top of the Japanese sports bikes since the 1998 original surprised with its 150 hp and light weight. This latest generation, similar to the MotoGP M1, is topped by the 2020 update with improved looks and a maximum power output of 200 hp and 113.3 Nm of torque.
It has been adapted to Euro 5 and improved not only in aesthetics, but also in electronics and aerodynamics to not only be one of the best superbikes, but to fight for the ultimate superbike position. Who doesn’t want to feel like Rossi?
5. Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade
The legendary Fireblade returned with a bang in 2020, becoming one of the most impressive superbikes on the market. Honda’s MotoGP experience is reflected in this “Blade” that seems focused on winning on the track. The disadvantage is that it is not very practical on the road, but the sensations are brutal.
The Fireblade comes in two versions: the CBR 1000 RR-R and the CBR 1000 RR-R-SP, both with an in-line four-cylinder engine. Power output: 215 hp at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque.