There is no surprise that how much contribution the country of Japan has given to the world of motorcycles. Since the inception of motorcycles on this planet, this land of the rising sun has set new benchmarks with every new motorcycle born on its soil. Each of the reminiscent manufacturers have given us some incredibly brilliant motorcycles in the past, which not only have set new benchmarks in the world of two wheeler motoring, but also have made way for new technologies and have risen the expectations of a motorcyclist from his machine.
But there’s a catch – most of these legendary motorcycles from Japan are primarily supersports or faired tourers. While the concept of cruisers was, and still is, more popular in American markets, the segment of naked roadsters have been primarily successful in European countries in the past, with the manufacturers from these continents dominating these respective segments. Though in recent times, the European manufacturers like Ducati, Aprilia and BMW have upped the game by launching their state-of-the-art supersports like Panigale, RSV4 and S 1000 RR, there is no denying the fact that it will be the Japanese scalpels which will be mentioned first when it comes to discussing supersports.
In the Indian market too, the segment of liter class motorcycles have been on a boom in recent years, thanks to more and more manufacturers jumping into this bandwagon and offering most of their world class motorcycles in the Indian market as well. It all started with Yamaha offering its the-then flagship supersport, the YZF-R1, back in 2008, which then paved the way for the rest of the Japanese players as well. Later on, Honda launched its most powerful motorcycle, the CBR 1000 RR, which was followed by the GSX-R 1000 from Suzuki. Last but not the least, the Kawasaki too joined this brigade by bringing in the mighty Ninja ZX-10R. In recent times, all of these motorcycles have received cosmetic as well as mechanical facelifts, which are substantial enough to up the ante, with each of the motorcycle offering something special.
This will be a tough fight to witness, as all of these motorcycles have their respective trademark characteristics which are second to none. But we have the job to nitpick the best out of these four top-of-the-line liter class Japanese supersports, and so, here is our comprehensive comparison:-