Best known examples: Suzuki 750/1000 GSX-R, Honda CBR 1000 RR, Honda 600 RR, Kawasaki ZZR100, Kawasaki ZZR600, Yamaha R1 and Yamaha R6. Sports engines have a short spring travel (among other things to keep them as stiff as possible). Suspension and damping must be of excellent quality to ensure that the road contact remains good. Because the grip is of course very important when you go through a corner at high speed.
The supersport engine is intended for people who want to have a machine with high performance, this is at the expense of comfort. Such motorcycles are therefore generally not suitable for daily (commuting) use. These are the most sporty motorcycles, here only the availability of a lot of engine power, the lowest possible weight, excellent handling characteristics, and a sleek appearance. These motorcycles are usually direct derivatives of the motorcycles used during the competitions and therefore often have the same color scheme. This type of motorcycle with full cockpit and race seat is the most sold model engine in the Netherlands.
Supersport engines are very fascinating. Their appearance is a result of both high aesthetic standards and aerodynamic research and their performance defies the imagination. Top speeds of more than 250 kilometers per hour, peak power not infrequently plus 150 hp … that is what they are right for! Despite their fascinating performance capabilities, however, Supersport engines are often mistakenly seen as engines that actually belong more to the circuit than on public roads. It is all too easy to forget that these engines, which are used as showpieces by manufacturers to show their technical ability, are built with the best components.
Their frames, their brakes, and their suspension systems ensure extremely maneuverable engines, phenomenal handling and a large safety margin, even when used on public roads. Despite their high power, these engines are also very user-friendly; their strengths are easy to dose and an ergonomic seating position for the pilot ensures a wide range of use. As far as the environmental friendliness of the Supersport engines is concerned, there is no need to worry. These engines hardly consume more fuel than the average sporting tour engine and meet the strict Euro III emission standards.
Tempted by the fascination these motorcycles evoke, the Supersport engines are not only loved by top-notch motorcyclists; even less skilled mates like to see themselves on board such a beautiful car. This trend is very natural, but it nevertheless involves risks, after all it is all too easily forgotten that these are the Ferrari’s and the Porche’s of motorsport. Whoever buys a Supersport motor must be aware that this engine is made with the idea that the driver has a large dose of self-control and self-knowledge to manage the enormous potential that such an engine has in it.
Sports engines for asphalt and paved terrain
Race engines are designed for the circuit. Every form of comfort is completely strange to them and everything revolves around the lowest possible weight, the best possible steering, the best possible road holding, the highest possible top speed and which can be reached as quickly as possible, but also a very short braking distance. Furthermore, the air resistance is an important factor. This can be seen from their appearance with the striking full cockpit that surrounds the entire engine. These vats are tested in wind tunnels. The engines are often so advanced that after a season of racing they are completely worn out. The model of this machine can be found on the street again in the Sport and SuperSport class and they are very popular.
During a Grand Prix weekend, there are 3 different classes that count for the World Championship: the 125cc, the 250cc, and the MotoGP. These classes are classified according to the cylinder capacity of the engine. The 125cc is 125cm3 (often a 1-cylinder motorcycle), the 250cc is 250 cm3 capacity (2-cylinder). These motors operate by means of the 2-stroke principle. The MotoGP initially had 990 cm3 of content and works according to the 4-stroke principle. In the 2007 season, the cylinder capacity was reduced to 800 cc. These engines often have 4 or 5 cylinders. Until 2002 this class was called the 500cc and also worked according to the 2-stroke principle and had 500 cm3 content, often these were 4-cylinder motorcycles.
The life of a supersport engine
Supersport models do not have a long life. And then, of course, we are not talking about accident statistics, but about their model lives. Every two years they are relieved by an even stronger, even lighter, and now even cleaner version, where it always stands out, how many points the manufacturers have