Sports Bike

Sports Bike: The Most Preferred Choice For Sports/Racing


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What is Sports Bike?

A Sports bike is a type of motorcycle which falls under the performance-bike segment. The manufacturers optimize the sports bikes for acceleration (pick-up), speed, braking, and cornering abilities. However, these performance parameters come at the cost of comfort and fuel economy compared to other motorcycles. So, generally, most of the Sports motorcycles around the world have varying sizes and prices than other bikes.

Honda CBR 1000RR Sports Bike (Courtesy: Honda)
Honda CBR 1000RR Sports Bike (Courtesy: Honda)

According to Soichiro Honda, Founder of Honda, the Super Sports bikes primarily offer 'the speed and the thrill.' However, many believe that the sports bike’s enjoyment comes mainly from its ability to perform on paved highways. The characteristics of sports motorcycles include cornering on paved roads and handling. They also deliver adrenaline acceleration, braking power, and record top-speed.

Design of a Sports Bike:

Traditionally, Sports bikes have narrow and hard seats. In these bikes, the riding position allows the feet to rest at the rear while the hands bend in the elbows. Thus, it forces the rider to lean forward; as if virtually sleeping on the bike. This helps to reduce the aerodynamic drag. So, the spine remains bent forwards while riding a sports bike. The cornering ability in these is immense because of the low center of gravity and low ground clearance. Hence, the sports bikes are designed to use for a short distance but at high-speed such as during racing events.

Kawasaki NinjaH2R (Courtesy: Kawasaki)
Kawasaki NinjaH2R (Courtesy: Kawasaki)

Furthermore, the sports bike features low and narrow handlebars, which provide an awkward riding posture. It does not provide comfort to the rider. The footpegs are placed at the rear near the exhaust or the rear mono-shock. Hence, they are very close to the rider’s body. While cornering, the rider has to lean sharply, almost touching the knees to the ground. Thus, it further reduces the riding comfort.

Other Qualities:

Riding a Sports bike requires the highest concentration. So, the ideal ride is for a short distance and time. There is so much strain on the rider’s body & muscles, and his/her mind with not so good riding posture and high speeds.

Sports Bike at a MotoGP race event (Courtesy: MotoGP)
Sports Bike at a MotoGP race event (Courtesy: MotoGP)

Sports-bikes are good to ride when ridden at high speeds. However, riding for long periods at high speeds can cause exhaustion and discomfort. Riding the bike with bent hands causes strain on the forearm muscles. Additionally, the legs and thigh muscles often experience cramps after a few hours of riding.

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