2012 is set to be a banner year for sport bike enthusiasts. Never before have so many different brands produced motorcycles that at once produce both envy and awe on the part of the riding public. While there are many excellent sport bikes on the market, there are a few that stand as pinnacles of the motorcycling sport. These sport bikes do more than possess the power to make the earth shake, they have the power to move your soul, as well.
Ducati Diavel Chromo
Ducati has long been the leader in producing exotic sport bikes, and with the introduction of the 2012 Diavel Chromo, that status has been cemented in place. The Diavel Chromo falls into the category of a “naked sport bike,” having been produced sans extensive bodywork. What it does have is a clean, classically chromed fuel tank and vintage-inspired badges.
The Kawasaki ZX-14R has ever been the thorn in the side of the Suzuki Hayabusa. For 2012, Kawasaki ensured that the thorn was deeply set by increasing the displacement of their flagship sport bike to 1,441 cubic centimeters. The result is that the new ZX-14R is now the fastest production motorcycle in the world.
KTM RC8 R
Until now, KTM has been known primarily for their competition-level off-road motorcycles. For 2012, however, KTM is offering two versions of a 1,190- cubic centimeter sport bike, both painted in KTM’s signature orange and white livery. The road-going version of the RC8 differs only slightly from the race-specification version, but both are driven by one of the world’s most powerful two-cylinder engine designs.
BMW’s S1000RR sport bike saves weight by using a bridge-type frame and the engine itself as a strengthening member. This allows BMW motorcycles to stay at approximately the same weight as their competitors while also offering the sort of luxury amenities that you would expect on a BMW. Advanced dynamic traction control helps prevent unwanted wheel slippage while ABS brakes slow the bike effortlessly from speed.