Church of MO: 2008 Supersport Shootout

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By John Burns

Thou art Pete, and upon this Briquette you shall write the 2008 Supersport Shootout. Ten years ago, the Great Recession was gathering steam and the middleweight sportbike class was a place every manufacturer had to be, including Triumph. The results may not surprise you.

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By Pete Brissette Jun. 17, 2008
Photography by Alfonse Palaima Video by Alfonse Palaima
    “These things don’t belong on the street!”This has become the cry of the rational motorcyclist when the subject of modern literbikes comes up. But what if you could have virtually all of the same performance-driven componentry and research and development that go into most superbikes in a motorcycle with roughly 30-35% less spank? Would most riders, young and old, veteran and newbie, feel like they could handle such a bike? Apparently, yes.

    Supersports, or more commonly, 600s, are red-hot sellers. Editor Duke reported back from his time at the U.S. launch of the 2008 R6 that the tuning fork company claims “the 600cc segment makes up 51% of what Yamaha calls the Supersport market, a segment that is up in sales a huge 52% since 2001.” Yep, these things are pretty important.

    The contenders in's 2008 Supersport Shootout.The contenders in‘s 2008 Supersport Shootout.

    Changing of the guard?

    As a matter of fact, the supersport class may become even more important to OEMs than it already is –whether they like it or not. When the AMA essentially admitted to its ineptness at handling American pro racing and announced in March of this year that Daytona Motorsports Group was granted rights to promote, sanction and manage various AMA racing series, one of …read more

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