Maybe if you bothered to read, you would see that they took the winner of the superbike shootout and pitted it against the winner of the middleweight shootout and threw in a wildcard. So those test bikes from Yamaha, Honda, and Kawasaki already lost.
The best sportbike would be a Triumph 800, modeled after the 675. If such a mythical bike nearly matched the GSXR750 for top end and it had more low end and that sound in a great handling chassis, it would be phenomenal.
As more me, I am thinking the new FZ-1 with a PCIII remap, and exhaust more to get rid of the God awful stock peice than any performance increase. Oh, and a fender eliminator while we are eliminating ugly OEM parts.
My ass hurts and my knees are not quite what they used to be after 20 years on sport bikes but I am not quite ready to toddle off to slow lane cruiser land just yet! Yep, a nicely modded FZ-1 looks pretty good from here.
While I enjoyed the comparison, you've made it pretty useless. If it's the best sportbike you want, get the litre bike. If it's the best streetbike you want, don't get any of these. A Ninja 650 or SV650 is way more comfy, cheaper, better economy, etc., while still having plenty of oomph for the public roadways. Don't get me wrong: I love perfomance. Had, and have, a bunch of them. But you guys are confusing the point to uselessness. Make up your mind as to what you're picking, and why.
Just drop one more trou size, get that Oxford knee job and I'm home free where wretched excess is barely, barely enough!
MOrons, motorcycling just gets better and better. Who'd a thunk it. In the early 80's, I would have predicted that by now we'd all be on Komrade Klaybrookski Backwards bikes powered by Senator Danforth's staff approved micromoters while wearing gear that made us look like "The OSHA Cowboy" complete with mandatory "hotline to insurance company".
And then it didn't happen.
What could possibly be cooler? No, seeing Sen. Danforth's staff in approval mode would NOT be cooler...
I was going to test ride both but now I have to wait till I heal. Triumph dealer here can't keep the 675s on the showroom floor. Has plenty of R6s though. Looks like Triumph discontinued the big Daytona.