Any new year includes looking forward to all the wonderful things it will bring. We eagerly await the arrival of all the amazing super bikes. The following 15 World Super Bikes 2023 are the ones we’re most eager to race in 2023.
15. 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
The Suzuki GSX-R1000R is quite possibly the best iteration of the legendary “Gixxer.” After years of refinement and testing, the bike is now a combination of excellent engineering, amazing styling, and some pretty unbelievable numbers.
The 999cc inline-four that powers the GSX-R1000R produces nearly 200 BHP. It is low and mean, has aggressive gearing, and rides in what may charitably be referred to as a sporty tuck.
But the fact that this isn’t the simplest supersport to just swing a leg over and ride keeps it at only #15 on this list. The bike is so powerful that it has a reputation for throwing a rider off who attempts to push it just a little bit further than it is capable of going. Not by accident, it has the second R. This motorcycle has indicators and a license plate. Respect it, and you’ll be amazed. If you misuse it, you will fall into the nearby tree or gravel trap.
14. 2022 Ducati Panigale V2
Ducati brought out their flagship Panigale V4 bikes in 2020, but they also remembered to honor what came before. Before 2020, the Panigale was called just that, the Panigale. Now, with the V4 out, the original Panigale has undergone a bit of a makeover.
The Panigale V2 is the name of the “junior” motorcycle. Its 955cc superquadro V-twin engine generates 155 BHP, which is track-friendly. It is thinner, has a revised shape that emphasizes a front tuck position, and is a few pounds lighter than its larger V4 brother.
What the Panigale V2 is, in essence, is Ducati focusing on what made the original Panigale such a roaring success. It’s also a bit more friendly than the firebreathing V4 line, which also makes it a perfect bike for someone looking to get a track bike that brings that Italian feel at an “affordable” price. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
13. 2023 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
Even though the GSX-R1000R is unchanged for 2023, and even though its spec sheet is less impressive than a lot of the bikes on the list, we’re still pumped to see this platform carrying forward. We enjoyed our time on it during the 2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000R MC Commute Review and the GSX-R1000R has proven itself to be a competent and approachable superbike both on the streets and on the track. It benefits from race-derived technology thanks to a major update back in 2017, and will continue to be more than enough bike for the more casual trackday riders and backroad explorers.
12. 2022 Ducati V4S
Ducati themselves say that our top spot bike from 2021 was not the final version, the fully evolved version of the V4S that they wanted to have out there on the market. That is why the 2022 V4S, in their own words, “represents the last step in the characteristic path of the Borgo Panigale sports bikes.”
What makes this the best version then? One recent modification is the newly reprofiled aero winglets, but the transmission and suspension have seen the most substantial changes. The “New SBK” gearbox’s first, second, and sixth ratios have been extended compared to the 2021 version to provide faster acceleration and higher top gear power and speed. A brand-new Ohlins NPX 25/30 electronically regulated pressurized cartridge system in the front fork takes suspension technology from motorsports to the streets.
What results is a Ducati that will absolutely devour most canyons you want to toss it through, but it tumbles down our rankings in that it simply evolves the wheel instead of reinventing it. It’s still an absolute weapon on the track, however. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
11. 2022 Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1100
Shockingly, the highest-placed Italian bike on this year’s super sports list is not clothed in red. Instead, it gets a black and gentle yellow colorway covering a lightweight aluminum dual beam chassis that cradles a 1,099cc V4 that howls out 217 HP at 13,000 RPM. The 2022 Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1100 was the only bike that was missing in 2021 to give Aprilia a nearly perfect lineup, and now that it’s available in North America, it’s definitely up there with the big guys.
The RSV4 has winglets, like most bikes that have been derived from their MotoGP or World SBK versions, but unlike a few other bikes on this list, they followed Kawasaki’s lead and concealed them within the front and side fairings, with only a few strakes identifying them in front where your knees squeeze against the tank. The Factory version also has lightweight forged aluminum wheels, a complete semi-active Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension, and, most significantly, a complete motorsports-grade Brembo Stylema brake system with ABS.
Like the next bike on our list, this bike is priced and placed for the rider that plans to take the mirrors off, tape up the headlights, and take this absolute beast out to the track. Make no mistake, this supersport is serious, and it’s hungry for some smooth tarmac and ready to clip some apexes while your knee slider scrapes across the white and red curbing. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
10. 2022 BMW M1000RR
Introduced in late 2021 as a 2022 model, the BMW M1000RR is one of those examples of the Germans taking something that was already superb, the S1000RR, and then making it damned near perfect. While the S1000RR is based on the BMW race bikes in the World SBK championship, the M1000RR is an almost 1-to-1 replica of the race bike, with only a few considerations for street legality added in.
BMW has catered exclusively to track day aficionados, who it fully anticipates will purchase the M1000RR. You receive the first BMW motorcycle to carry the M-Division moniker, complete with carbon fiber fairings, carbon fiber aerodynamic winglets, M carbon wheels, a milled, lightweight monoblock aluminum swingarm, M carbon brakes, a 100% pure titanium exhaust created in collaboration with Akrapovic, an M-Division ECU and IMU with multiple ride modes, and so many other features that it would take a novel to list them all.
However, to give you an idea as to how much $33,000+ bike is meant for the track is that on the throttle side thumb-box, there is a pit lane speed limiter button, which activates in Race and Race Pro 1 to 3 ride modes. You will never need that on the street, but when you take the mirrors off and tape up the headlights, well, prepare for the purest supersport racer this side of a HP4 limited edition. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
09. 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 60th Anniversary
A perennial favorite, it was really really really close this year to decide which bike went to the top spot. We also had to decide which version of the R1 would make it onto the list: The base, standard R1, the new for 2022 only R1 60th Anniversary, or the bonkers carbon fiber R1M. As you can probably guess, the 2022 only 60th Anniversary edition won out.
With insights learnt on the track in both MotoGP and MotoAmerica Supersport 1000cc racing, Yamaha Motorcycles continues to develop and refine the supersport formula. In addition to 0.1 inches additional travel in the front KYB inverted forks, up from 4.6 to 4.7 inches, to make the front less snappy over bumps and tougher roads, the 2022 evolution adds a mildly modified clutch with even better slip and assist for launches.
Of course, there is also the retro 1980s livery wrapping one of the best supersports on the market in a lovely classic white, red, and yellow. Before blue became the default Yamaha color, it was this colorway that you would see screaming around in the World Grand Prix Championship (which preceded MotoGP) in the lead, especially with riders such as Wayne Rainey.
08. 2023 Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1100
Since its announcement in 2018, the Aprilia RSV4 Factory has been one of the best superbikes for sale to consumers. In 2021, we drove a later model for a test drive and were incredibly impressed.
The 1,099cc V-4 gives copious amounts of usable power throughout the rev range, and the up-spec Factory features semi-active Öhlins suspension and a lighter overall curb weight which makes it a scalpel through the corners. The bike is ergonomically comfortable for a broader range of riders thanks to an opened-up cockpit, and the price tag is highly competitive for such a race-ready machine.
07. 2023 Yamaha YZF-R1M
Yamaha’s YZF-R1M has long been one of our favorite superbikes as tested during the 2021 Yamaha YZF-R1M MC Commute Review and 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M Review MC Commute. The ‘23 edition carries over all the characteristics we’ve come to love. An absolutely stunning crossplane inline-four engine, dialed Öhlins electronic suspension, aggressive and eye-catching styling, and plenty of race-derived technology to keep you competitive against your friends at the track. It might not be as flashy as the V4 R or M 1000 RR, but the R1M is a bike we always look forward to riding again, which counts for a lot in a field as crowded as this.
06. 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
As of the writing of this article, Honda has yet to announce a 2023 model-year edition of the Fireblade SP, so 2022 it is. That’s because Honda’s WSBK homologation model has been a ripper for the past few years and we expect 2023 to be no different. That machine has great power delivery and superb handling, excellent brakes and a competitive electronics package. It’s also on the more affordable end of the spectrum in the class, making it a much more compelling value proposition than some of the other machines on the list. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
05. 2023 Yamaha YZF-R1M
As tested in the 2021 Yamaha YZF-R1M MC Commute Review and the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M Review MC Commute, the Yamaha YZF-R1M has long been one of our favorite superbikes.
The ‘23 edition carries over all the characteristics we’ve come to love. An absolutely stunning crossplane inline-four engine, dialed Öhlins electronic suspension, aggressive and eye-catching styling, and plenty of race-derived technology to keep you competitive against your friends at the track. It might not be as flashy as the V4 R or M 1000 RR, but the R1M is a bike we always look forward to riding again, which counts for a lot in a field as crowded as this. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
04. 2022 Kawasaki ZX-10R
What a difference a year makes! In 2021, this bike came in a respectable 3rd place, but in 2022, it shoots all the way to the top because of the boatload of updates done by Kawasaki. Learning from the research and development that went into the ZX-10RR special edition model in 2021, which itself was based on the 2020 World SBK ZX-10RR championship bike, the 2022 ZX-10R definitely got the better end of the deal.
The same 6-axis IMU and Kawasaki Intelligent ABS are present, as are the quickshifter (up and down) and constantly adjusting electronic throttle valves. This year, however, a revamped cornering management system makes the bike even more razor-sharp in the canyons and corners, and a fully enabled launch control system is standard instead of optional. With this system turned on, you can be confident that you’ll take off quickly and not immediately loop the thing because it uses the same anti-squat, anti-wheelie, and sport traction control system that the ZX-10RR has. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
03. 2023 BMW M 1000 R
The 1000 R could not miss another year, as it is once again one of the best superbikes of 2023.
Built on the basis of the current S 1000 R and S 1000 RR models, the new M R uses the same water-cooled 999 cc inline four-cylinder engine taken from the M 1000 RR. Which produces an output of 205 hp at 13,500 rpm (40 hp more than the S 1000 R) and 83 lb-ft of torque at 11,000 rpm. The bike also features BMW ShiftCam technology.
BMW claims that the new M R’s engine is the most powerful in the range compared to the four-cylinder engine in the S 1000 R.
Moreover, the BMW M 1000 R is equipped with four riding modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race), three “Pro” racing modes.It is also notable for its Shift Assistant Pr and power-assisted/slip clutch, among other features. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
02. 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2
More often than not, company hype around new bikes is hyperbolic. However, with the Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 we found that the Italian brand wasn’t completely off base saying it had created the “ultimate racetrack machine.” When we turned laps at Misano on the 2022 edition, we were enamored with the unyielding power, silky smooth transmission, almost effortless handling, and highly competent and consistent braking package. And that was all while riding in Race B mode.
In Race A, there is, even more, to wring out of the bike. A top-notch electronics package and too many MotoGP-derived components to count are there. The V4 SP2 is tough to match for a truly exhilarating track bike right out of the showroom. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
01. 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R
However, if you were looking to get an even more race-capable Ducati, the 2023 V4 R might be the place to put your money. This bike promises 240 hp and a claimed 415-pound curb weight with the full racing exhaust installed. That’s a 0.57 power-to-weight ratio. Race tech abounds throughout the rest of the bike as well, from the transmission to the electronics package to the bodywork, suspension, and chassis geometry. It will be one of the most powerful, streamlined, and effective track weapons to come to market in 2023. This is one of the best Super Bikes in the world.
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