Koln, 31. May 2016 – The athletes die. At least under the motorized two breadders. Before not all too long time, fully-clawed racing motorcyclad, even under the top ten of the sales lists, they slipped now across Europe in the popularity scale to the lower end. Last year, the proportion of sports machines was from all motorcyllers sold in Germany at just 5.78 percent, ten years earlier it was still 17.48 percent.
An amazing development for the former notice signs of the motorcycle industry. You should show (and still show) what the manufacturers is technically possible. It was an average rusty, especially among the Japanese manufacturers, but also Ducati, Aprilia and MV Agusta participated in the material battle. Again and again a few PS and Newton meters were exposed and a few hundred grams of weight banned. Southern turbulent materials such as titanium or carbon and aerodynamically sophisticated forms were used. Good performance weights were for high sales figures.
Expensive material battle
A title in the Superbike World Cup, so the serious sports engine wheels, paid for the brands almost as much as the MotoGP title. Then came 2008 BMW Motorrad with its in-house formula 1-team engineers and pounded with the S 1000 RR and 200 hp the competition in the ground and soil. It took a while until other brands reached the insane performance data of the Bavarian, today it is no less than five more manufacturers offering a superbike with 200 hp or about it.
Clear that the prices for the athletes continued to rise. Almost more expensive and correspondingly expensive was the technology with the 600s developed their maximum power at high speeds – a Yamaha R6 reaches its 124 hp at astronomical 14.500 / min. But the manufacturers would like to invest the money for a long time for the development effort. Until a decade ago, real mans had to drive a 1000 superbike, but at least a high-twisting 600er. The Suzuki GSX-R 1000, Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX-10R and Naturally Hondas Fireblade or even a noble Ducati 916 (and their successors 996 and 998) sold well, as well as their smaller offshoots with 600 or 750 cubic centimeters displacement. Before the Eiscafe and the popular biker meetings, they were a daily sight, on the lands raged on the weekend whole hordes of fully-clad sporting motorcycles with switched drivers in colorful leather covers.