For some people, motorcycles aren’t just an interest—they’re a passion. Racers and racing enthusiasts know the importance of a high-powered bike on and off the road. In fact, each year the corporate behemoths behind these racing bikes shock even the best professional racers with their newest model. Check out some of the best racing motorcycles in 2020 for your newest racing machine.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is a lightweight performance Sportbike. With 250 cc and a four-cylinder engine, the bike offers the same intensity as a standard Sportbike with less displacement. The bike’s compact structure ensures smooth riding. The Showa SFF-BP fork, horizontal backlink rear suspension, and radial-mount Monoblock front caliper, electronic countermeasures, traction control, quick shifter, and power modes all help, too. These specifications are typically used on 600 cc bikes, but the lightweight frame and high-tech performance give this bike a run for its money.
Ducati Panigale V2
The Italian company has shown another impressive feat in its lineup: the Ducati Panigale V2. This twin-cylinder Sportbike offers a new design, six-axis inertial platform, comfortable rider seat, and upgraded suspension. These features ensure safety and user-friendliness on the road. Perhaps 2020 is the year of compact bikes because the Ducati Panigale V2 offers a thick, compact design throughout its dimensions. The single-sided aluminum swingarm, extensive fairings, twin-cylinder Superquadro engine, two large air intakes, full-LED headlight, and double-layer fairing signify the Ducati image in this bike.
CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
You can’t talk about the best 2020 racing motorcycles without mentioning Honda’s CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Any professional or amateur motorcycle racer will tell you how important Honda is to the motorsport. Their bikes have shown time and time again that performance, fast speed, and smooth handling ensure wins across the globe. Even with their notable reputation, Honda has proven themselves again with the CBR1000RR-R Firebird SP. With a claimed 214 hp at 14,500 rpm and 443-lb curb weight, it’s power-to-weight ratio is the best for the Fireblade name. Unfortunately, the bike is only available outside the U.S. this year; we’ll likely see its American debut in 2021.
Kawasaki Z H2
The last bike on this list is another Kawasaki. The Kawasaki Z H2 is a first-class Sportbike. It has assisted and slipper clutch, electronic cruise control, electronic throttle valves, cornering function, launch control modes, traction control, power modes, quick-shifting capability, sound tuning, and a supercharged engine. All of this is in a four-stroke, four-cylinder, and four-valve liquid-cooled 998 cc engine. With this hot Sportbike, you can opt for a performance upgrade for any of its components to enhance your track day power.