By Troy Siahaan
You all know the saying, “You get what you pay for.” It’s an important life lesson that rings true for many aspects of life. Like cheap tools, the pleasure we get for the minimal cost outlay quickly evaporates as soon as it breaks much sooner than it should. Shoulda bought the good one is what we inevitably say to ourselves every time.
This mindset has led us to believe that expensive motorcycles must bring a level of quality or performance unmatched at the lower price points. Surely, quality comes at a price. So, by simple logic, more equals better.
Or does it? This is the premise of our latest comparison. On one end, we have the $40,000 Ducati Panigale V4R, the most expensive sportbike you can buy today ($100,000 Superleggeras and other limited edition specials excluded). Sporting an aggressive 999cc V4 engine, top-shelf Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, forged wheels, sophisticated electronics, and a pair of wings(!), the V4R represents the pinnacle of sportbike tech available today – or at least it’s supposed to.
$40,000 vs. $18,000 – this is the question we’re asking today. What makes the Ducati Panigale V4R, so much more expensive than the Suzuki GSX-R1000R?
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Suzuki GSX-R1000R. At $17,699, the Suzuki represents the lower price tier of sportbiking, and if you’re willing to give up a few niceties, like a quickshifter and slightly lower grade components, there are options for around $15,000. Still, for under $18,000 the GSX-R1000R gets you a 999cc inline-Four, variable valve timing, titanium valves, IMU-centered electronics, up/down quickshifter, Brembo brakes, and Showa’s impressive, if far less recognized, Balance Free FrontFork (yes, that’s how it’s spelled).
Not Your Usual Test
With a $22,000 price delta between the bikes, the objective here is a little …read more