The latest launch from the house of BMW, i.e., the S1000 RR is pitted against the likes of Kawasaki ZX-10R, Ducati Panigale V4, Aprilia RSV4 1100, Yamaha YZF-R1, Suzuki GSXR-1000, and Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade. We compare these liter-capacity bikes on paper and tell you which one of these monsters fits your bill thoroughly. Mind you, the machines of Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki are not available in the Indian market though that doesn’t lessen their appeal and madness among riding enthusiasts.
In terms of pricing, no bike in this comparison is cheap. In fact, these are costlier than most hatchbacks, sedans, and compact SUVs available in the Indian market. While Kawasaki ZX-10R costs Rs 15.99 lakh, Ducati Panigale V4 starts at a hefty tag of Rs 26.49 lakh with the top model going all the way to Rs 40.99 lakh. BMW S1000RR Pro M Sport (top version), on the other hand, is priced at Rs 24.55 lakh.
Engine and Gearbox
Panigale has the highest displacement of 1103cc followed by RSV4 which is a tad behind at 1099cc. All other machines in this comparison settle below 1000cc in terms of their cubic capacity. Honda tops the list on the power criterion with 215bhp on disposal while R1 finds a place at the bottom by putting out the least power of 194.3bhp. Aprilia, on the other hand, leads the torque charts with 125 Nm with Ducati tagging along with its 123.4Nm of rotational force. All bikes have a 6-speed gearbox with quick shifters as a standard part of the equipment. Ducati has the longest 1469mm of wheelbase while the Yamaha R1 has the shortest 1405mm of it. BMW and Suzuki are particularly convenient for short riders thanks to their low seat heights. In terms of the curb weight, Kawasaki is the lightest in the bunch while Aprilia is the heaviest by a subtle margin.
Suspension and Hardware
The size of the front tire is the same in all the bikes and the same is true for 17” alloys offered on both front and rear ends of these bikes respectively. However, the size of the rear tire differs with BMW, Honda, Ducati, and Aprilia featuring 200mm wide rubber while the rest use 190mm section rear tire. Ducati races ahead in the braking department with the bike coming across as the only one using 245mm rear disc compared to 200mm used by all other offerings in this comparison. BMW has the distinction of being the only bike here which uses 45mm front USD forks though it doesn’t have the electronically adjustable suspension feature that is available on top versions of some other bikes here. Aprilia has the largest 18-litre of a fuel tank, equipping it with the longest range and track time.