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Top 5 litre-class bikes riding on Indian streets

Popular brands like Ducati, Yamaha, and BMW are locking horns in most types of bikes, especially the litre-class sportbike segment. India has a fair number of these street rockets and these are five of our favourites.

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With modern day motorcycle technology advancing with every new launch, it is getting harder to determine which is the best bike. Popular brands like Ducati, Yamaha, and BMW are locking horns in most types of bikes, especially the litre-class sportbike segment. India has a fair number of these street rockets and these are five of our favourites. (Image source: Ducati)
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With modern day motorcycle technology advancing with every new launch, it is getting harder to determine which is the best bike. Popular brands like Ducati, Yamaha, and BMW are locking horns in most types of bikes, especially the litre-class sportbike segment. India has a fair number of these street rockets and these are five of our favourites. (Image source: Ducati)

Yamaha R1 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Yamaha’s flagship bike, the YZF-R1 saw a significant upgrade in 2012 when it got a crossplane inline-four engine. However, it was the 2015 makeover that put the R1 in the list of top dogs. With close to 200 PS powering the rear wheel, the R1 is a formidable opponent on the racetrack, and the crossplane growl makes sure it will be heard from miles away. (Image source: Yamaha)
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Yamaha R1 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Yamaha’s flagship bike, the YZF-R1 saw a significant upgrade in 2012 when it got a crossplane inline-four engine. However, it was the 2015 makeover that put the R1 in the list of top dogs. With close to 200 PS powering the rear wheel, the R1 is a formidable opponent on the racetrack, and the crossplane growl makes sure it will be heard from miles away. (Image source: Yamaha)

Ducati 1299 Superleggera | If any bike comes with a limited-edition tag, you know it is unique. But Ducati took it one step further when it limited the 1299 Superleggera to only 500 pieces to be sold worldwide, everyone of which was sold before the bike went into production. With 215 horses from the L-twin engine, advanced electronic riding aids, and a smooth, lightweight carbon fibre shell, the 1299 Superleggera is one of the closest options you can get to a MotoGP level superbike. (Image source: Ducati)
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Ducati 1299 Superleggera | If any bike comes with a limited-edition tag, you know it is unique. But Ducati took it one step further when it limited the 1299 Superleggera to only 500 pieces to be sold worldwide, everyone of which was sold before the bike went into production. With 215 horses from the L-twin engine, advanced electronic riding aids, and a smooth, lightweight carbon fibre shell, the 1299 Superleggera is one of the closest options you can get to a MotoGP level superbike. (Image source: Ducati)

Ducati Panigale V4 S | After Ducati moved on from their iconic L-twin engine layout, and onto the tried and tested V4 layout, with the V4 S being one of the first to receive the update. The Ducati V4 S is beaten by its race-spec sibling the V4 R only in terms of aerodynamics with the V4 R getting fully functional aero winglets t0 help with more downforce. But apart from that, the V4 S is one of the fastest Ducatis in production today and comes with some of the best technologies Ducati has to offer. (Image source: Ducati)
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Ducati Panigale V4 S | After Ducati moved on from their iconic L-twin engine layout, and onto the tried and tested V4 layout, with the V4 S being one of the first to receive the update. The Ducati V4 S is beaten by its race-spec sibling the V4 R only in terms of aerodynamics with the V4 R getting fully functional aero winglets t0 help with more downforce. But apart from that, the V4 S is one of the fastest Ducatis in production today and comes with some of the best technologies Ducati has to offer. (Image source: Ducati)

Aprilia RSV4 Factory Works | The Italian superbike maker Aprilia is no stranger to innovation and experiment. Coming up with the RSV4 Factory as their latest entrant in the litre-class battle, Aprilia gave their flagship all they had to offer, making the RSV4 Factory a formidable contender for its rivals. (Image source: Aprilia)
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Aprilia RSV4 Factory Works | The Italian superbike maker Aprilia is no stranger to innovation and experiment. Coming up with the RSV4 Factory as their latest entrant in the litre-class battle, Aprilia gave their flagship all they had to offer, making the RSV4 Factory a formidable contender for its rivals. (Image source: Aprilia)

BMW HP4 Race | When BMW wanted to upgrade their lineup for the WSBK season, they had to comply with only one condition: sell 1,000 pieces of the motorcycle you want to pitch. Hence, the BMW HP4 Race was introduced to the world. Essentially a track-oriented superbike, the HP4 Race has every component which BMW thought was necessary to make the bike go faster. And fast it went, crushing many speed records and setting some of its own. With the majority of its parts made from carbon fibre, it is an extremely potent yet light machine to handle. (Image source: BMW)
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BMW HP4 Race | When BMW wanted to upgrade their lineup for the WSBK season, they had to comply with only one condition: sell 1,000 pieces of the motorcycle you want to pitch. Hence, the BMW HP4 Race was introduced to the world. Essentially a track-oriented superbike, the HP4 Race has every component which BMW thought was necessary to make the bike go faster. And fast it went, crushing many speed records and setting some of its own. With the majority of its parts made from carbon fibre, it is an extremely potent yet light machine to handle. (Image source: BMW)

First Published on Feb 22, 2019 04:55 pm
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