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Mid-term report 2018: Top 5 Sport bikes tested

02 August 2018, 04:54 PM Neil Nair
Mid-term report 2018: Top 5 Sport bikes tested

India has always been enamoured with sport bikes. Associated not only with being powerful but looking the part too, thanks to the aggressive stance and full-fairings. In the seven months that have passed us as quickly as these sport bikes, we got to test a number of such machines. Here are the five sport bikes that we absolutely loved. 

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Kawasaki stunned us with the pricing of the 2018 Ninja 300 ABS. While we are yet to get our hands on the ABS variant, our expert rode the earlier one. So, what does he have to say about the sweet sounding 296cc, parallel-twin motor on the ‘Baby Ninja’? 

TVS Apache RR 310

First shown as the Akula 310 concept, the RR310 is the sobered down version of the same. Mind you, it still looks lethal with its shark-inspired design. Under the aggressively styled bodywork, the bike is a BMW G310R and is priced almost Rs 80,000 lesser than the latter. We have ridden the Apache RR310 twice on the track, but how does it perform on road? 

Honda CBR650F

The CBR650F has a 649cc, inline-four cylinder engine. While it does sound mental, the 650F is an everyday sportbike. The 2018 version gets an improved braking and suspension setup, LED headlamp and a slight bump in power. It is Rs 30,000 more affordable than the earlier version at Rs 7.37 lakhs. However it still sits high on the price spectrum. Is it worth all the money?

Aprilia RSV4 RF

The top-of-the-line RSV4 RF gets exotic cycle parts like the lightweight forged aluminium wheels and Ohlin suspension setup. Weighing just under 200kgs, it puts out a mind numbing 201bhp and 115Nm of torque. It retails at Rs 26.05 lakhs. What is our experts take on this road-going race motorcycle?

Ducati Panigale V4

The Panigale V4 marks Ducati’s entry into the production V4 superbike segment. It has the aggressive design of its L-twin powered siblings complemented with a 1103cc, V4 engine that produces 215bhp. Available in two trims in India; the standard and V4 S are priced at Rs 20.53 lakhs and Rs 25.29 lakhs each. Here is the account of the day we tried taming the Panigale V4 in Sepang. 

Aprilia RSV4 RF

Aprilia RSV4 RF

  • Displacement999.6 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)195.5 bhp
  • Kerb Weight180 kg
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Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 24,94,575

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