2011 Gentlemen Sportbike Shootout
Here are three ways to satisfy a thirst for a powerful sportbike without the pretzel-ed legs and sore wrists.
What started as a duel between the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and 2011 Yamaha FZ1 morphed into a Mexican stand-off with the last-minute appearance of the 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA. The Suzuki's arrival broadened the scope of what a gentlemen's sportbike can be by counterweighting some of the shortcomings of the other two bikes.
Introduced this year, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and Suzuki GSX1250FA are the freshest models in this three-bike comparison. The Suzuki is a refreshed Bandit, now with a full fairing and standard antilock brakes bringing a heavier sport-touring aspect to the class.
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