Top 10 Best Sportbikes of 2009

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Since it’s inception Motorcycle.com Specs has been the best place for bikers and enthusiasts (like you) to voice their opinions; there has been a lot to spout-off about too! Over 528 Motorcycle models have been updated for you to review in 2009 alone. It’s great to see what the Motorcycle Community has to say about the bikes they ride. We’ve taken all your reviews and ratings (good and bad) to figure out which sport bikes our viewers ultimately chose as the best SportBike of 2009.

But… Reviews are still rolling in (so go review your bike if you haven’t already!) you never know which machine may be the victor before years end. Without any further adieu and with no spoilers.. drum-roll please.. The Top 10 Sportbikes of 2009 by Viewers Choice..

(or click here for the best of 2009 list from the editors at Motorcycle.com)


#10 Suzuki GSX-R 1000

User Reviews:

Motorcycle.com Review: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review – Getting better with age: An all-new Gixxer Thousand

Specs:

  • MSRP: $12,899.0
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Displacement (cc/ci): 999 / 60.9
  • Compression Ratio: 12.8:1

#9 BMW F 800 ST

User Reviews:

“F800ST Absolutely Awesome!” – Chris(Owner), May. 15, 2009

Motorcycle.com Shootout: 2008 Middleweight Sport-Touring Shootout: BMW F800ST vs. Honda VFR800 Interceptor – Two 800s to the 800s

Specs:

  • MSRP: $10,600.00
  • Engine Type: Parallel Twin
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 8
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
  • Displacement (cc/ci): 798 / 48.7

#8 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

User Reviews:

Specs:

  • MSRP: $12,099.00
  • Engine Type: Horizontal In-line
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 16
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Displacement (cc/ci): 1352 / 82.5
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1

#7 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

User Reviews:

Specs:

  • MSRP: $6,799.00
  • Engine Type: Parallel Twin
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 8
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC
  • Displacement (cc/ci): 649 / 39.6
  • Compression Ratio: 11.3:1

#6 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Monster Energy

User Reviews:

Specs:

  • MSRP: $12,399.00
  • Engine Type: Horizontal In-line
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 16
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC
  • Displacement (cc/ci): 1352 / 82.5
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1

#5 Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod Muscle

User Reviews:

  • AWESOME!!! V-R0DI traded in my ’05 vrscb for a new Muscle WOW what a change!! I love the new rod! every thing is sweet the only thing needs work is the license plate mount! Other then that Great investment!!! “- Samuel (Owner), Oct. 12, 2008
  • Totally Satisfied!I’ve owned my new Muscle now for over 6 weeks, and I must say…WOW. Everything about this bike is amazing, performance is out of this world, coupled with the ins and outs you’d hope to find on a HD. I can’t even ride any other bikes anymore, I totally recommend this ride…you won’t regret it.”- Bryan (Owner), Jan. 3, 2009
  • AWESOMEMy first Harley and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Was concerned that my 5’6, 125 (female) body could handle it but after 300 miles I am in love. Handles great, looks great, highly recommended for anyone who wants something right in between a crotch rocket and a contemporary HD. AWESOME! (License plate suggesti…on: tilt it vertically, looks way better)”- Sabrina (Owner), Jun. 3, 2009

Motorcycle.com Review: 2009 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Review – Harley gets some Muscle

Specs:

  • MSRP: $17,199.00
  • Engine Type: V Twin
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 8
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

#4 Buell Firebolt® XB12R

User Reviews:

Specs:

  • MSRP: $9,995.00
  • Engine Type: V Twin
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 4
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 2
  • Valve Configuration: OHV – Pushrod
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1

#3 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

User Reviews:

  • My First Motorcycle I would recommend th…is bike for any beginning sport bike rider. It’s not a bike you’ll want to trade in after a year. I’m ready to keep mine for quite some time.- Kristi Bluhm(Owner), Jan. 12, 2009
  • Don’t be fooled… this bike will kick @$$ I was the proud owner of a yamaha R6 for many years. The R6 was fast, responsive, nimble, and very uncomfortable on long rides. I sold it last year when it started to give me transmission issues (I bought it used with high mileage). As I was looking for a new bike to buy the ergonomically designe…d ninja 250r caught my eye. Sure it was only a 250 but the seating position along with the handle bars were very comfy..”- David Medeiros(Owner), Mar. 26, 2009
  • 2009 250 Ninja – Best Bang 4 The Buck!!! Okay, I went into the dealer the day before thanksgiving to look for an entry level bike for my petite wife, who has decided she’d rather learn to ride her own scooter, than ride on the back of mine. I got the 2009 250 Ninja for less than MSRP, due to the time of year and the economy, and was total…ly surprised when I took it home! It feels like a bicycle with an engine! This bike corners, brakes, and handles like it was formed to me, and I still haven’t broke it in yet!..”- Joe Hawes(Owner), Dec. 19, 2008

Specs:

  • MSRP: $3,999.00
  • Engine Type: Parallel Twin
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 8
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC
  • Compression Ratio: 11.6:1

#2 Suzuki Hayabusa™ 1340

User Reviews:

  • Sweet machine Just had her first service and haven’t been able to wipe the smile off my face yet. Suzuki has great quality, and the flag ship bike definately shows that. The only down side to this bike is that evryone wants to look at it and talk about it, which doesn’t seem that bad, but it cuts into riding time…”- Jun. 11, 2009
  • Great Bike! Absolutely taken with the 2009 Hayabusa!” – G Hep(Enthusiast), Dec. 4, 2008
  • So easy to ride!! Bought my new Busa over a month ago. After having my 04 GSXR 1000 for more than two years I thought it was time to offer my wife a bike that was easier for her sit on and easier on my body to ride, but didn’t wanna give up the horsepower. Well I definately chose the right bike. Abundant power, rides… like your sitting on a lazy boy..” – Brandon (Enthusiast), May. 9, 2009

Specs:

  • MSRP: $13,199.00
  • Engine Type: Horizontal In-line
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Valves: 16
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC
  • Compression Ratio: 12.5:1

#1 Suzuki GSX-R 600

User Reviews:

  • Highly Satisfied Have about 500 miles on it now and loved every single mile. This bike is quick. It is comfortable, sounds great, looks great and is easy to ride. It has been years since I rode a sport bike and within hours I was right back into it. Still breaking it in but so far it has handled everything I have thrown at it…”- Steve(Owner), May. 26, 2009
  • Ive had my 09 for about 600 miles and also enjoyed every mile. Took her in for the first service and wasnt to thrilled to be without her for a couple days. Easy to ride,plenty of power, turns heads “- Andrew Lewis(Owner), Jun. 1, 2009

Specs:

  • MSRP: $10,399.00
  • Engine Type: Horizontal In-line
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
  • Valves: 16
  • Valves Per Cylinder: 4
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC
  • Compression Ratio: 12.8:1

There is some fierce competition within the 2009 Sportbike Top 10. Kawasaki and Suzuki are the dominant manufactuers overall. Kawasaki holding more Top 10 positions but Suzuki dominating overall filling One and Two of the Top 3. Suzuki riders must really love their bikes. It’s not over yet tho’, those loyal to Kawasaki can still overthrow the current lead if they vote up their favorite 2009 Kawasaki Sportbikes. Alternative contenders in the Top 10 include; Buell, HD and BMW all of which are capable of taking the lead away from Suzuki for the ultimate numero’ uno rank.

Top 10 User Rated Sportbikes of 2009

  1. Suzuki GSX-R 600
  2. Suzuki Hayabusa™ 1340
  3. Kawasaki Ninja 250R
  4. Buell Firebolt® XB12R
  5. Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod Muscle
  6. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Monster Energy
  7. Kawasaki Ninja 650R
  8. Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
  9. BMW F 800 ST
  10. Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Although not currently included in the Viewers Choice Top 10 Sportbikes of 2009 these ‘Close Contenders’ are still within reach. Yamaha, Honda and Ducati who are not currently represented in the Top 10 could rally their loyal followings to boost rank and steal the victory. Kawasaki and Harley also have more top-ranking machines. Last but not least United Motors a loner within the Top 20 could be the under-dog who steals it all at the last moment. You never know..

Close Contenders

The Showdown

Who knows what the ultimate outcome may be? You, the users are the ultimate judge of the Viewers Choice Top 10 Sportbikes of 2009 on Motorcycle.com Specs.

Got something to say? Disagree with this list? Don’t see ‘The Best‘ bike ranked here? Don’t complain about it, do something! Go rank the sportbike you want to win UP or if you’ve ridden a bike you really don’t like, you can give it an honest review too. It’s all up to you! So, lets see which bike takes it all for the Viewers Choice 2009 Sportbike of the Year.


Need some help comparing all the condenders? Find out what Motorcycle.com thought about some of this years 2009 Sportbikes from a variety of bike comparisons and shoot-outs.

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  • http://sportbikewearhouse.com GSXR 600

    I had the GSXR 600 as my number one bike as well!

  • http://none Not a SQUID

    This is the worst list ever… why is the ZX14 on it twice?
    No Ducati or Honda?
    LAME

  • http://blog.motorcycle.com Eric Schmidt

    Go vote: http://www.motorcycle.com/specs/sport/2009/
    Voting on a 2009 Ducat or Honda will help promote it closer to the top 10.

  • http://Motorcycle.com Donald Laguarta

    This is the lamest list imaginable: a 250cc over 600′s, liter bikes? Give me a break. Clearly the most awsome bike that most people hear have never seen much less heard of: MV Agust F4 312 R or newer version 1078cc F4. By the way, the 312 stands for kilometers per hour or 193 MPH from a production street bike, which is also gorgeous to look at.

  • real world owners

    Many motorcyclists know about the MV agusta but about95% of them can’t afford it. So while it may be fun to look at most of us will never ride one or even see one on the street. 193 mph isn’t that spectacular given the fact that a Kawasaki Zx10 with minor mods would probably do that. A Zx14 with the limiter removed would do that and probably still break the 200 mark.

  • http://sport-bike-wallpapers.blogspot.com/ luke

    Kawasaki Ninja 250R

  • aaron

    A harley v rod is NOT a sportbike, a sportbike handles and has horsepower in relation to its engine displacement.A harley has neither.Terrible list

  • Randy

    This list is awful, the zx14 is on twice? WTF? A VROD? Cmon. Definatly the 250r, they have come along way and are probably the best beginner bike ever. I have to argue with the gsxr’s tho, ive ridden both and are not impressed, i thought the R6 was better than both the gsxr600 and 1000, even though it looks like a grasshopper.

  • Lyndon

    Wow.. this list is terrible.
    GXR 1000 over the cross plane crank R-1?
    V-rod is a cruiser
    Busa and ZX-14 are not really sportbikes either… I could turn circles at the track around a comprable rider on either bike with my FZ-1 (also not a sportbike)
    BMW make two sportbikes for 09 and the whattherock 800 sure is not one of them….. just simply terrible.

  • Lyndon

    I also wanted to add, I cried a little bit reading this list…. complete garbage.

  • JP

    You guys forgot the zx6r. I would take that over most bikes on this list. Buell, really, Made in USA garbage.

  • http://www.buellxb.com Buell

    I’m surprised that the Buell 1125R or 1125CR didn’t make the cut. Otherwise, great selection of awesome sport bikes.

  • http://www.custommotorcycleparts.org.uk custommotorcycleparts

    Suzuki Hayabusa 1340 is number one in my opinion.

  • http://www.neceent.co.uk Atta Kwakwa

    I would be grateful if readers could recommend a perfect bike for me. I am thinking of the Yamaha R6, any ideas of an ideal bike?
    I like a sports bike, any ideas?

  • kimathi Naiobi Kenya

    when do i have one!

  • http://www.technicalpestservices.com/ Rick Kocurek

    If I could have voted in that election – It would have been for the Yamaha R1 – I love my 04…

  • Kayn

    Someone who has never ridden bikes before must have developed this list. The fact that the Triumph 675 didn’t make the list despite being reviewed as the best all around sport bike in 2008 to 2010, besting all the Japanese manufactures and even toppling the pricey Ducati 1098. That’s why I chose to ride one and would recommend anyone else do the same.

  • http://latest-bikes-update.blogspot.com/ latest bike news

    GSXR1000 is a great bike ever! 1000cc power engine with great sporty look. I love this bike.

  • http://www.vardenchi.com/custom-motorcycles-gallery.html Modified Royal Enfield

    wow .. those are big names in the list too .. bmw, harley .. fantastic bikes

  • mattie davis

    I’m trying to decide between th honda and yamaha 1000cc street bikes (motorcycles) the 750 and 675 also have my attention

  • mattie davis

    I can decide between a zx6r honda Chris) bmw s1000rr and a yamaheyzfr1 r6and any other 542 new muscele

  • mattie davis

    Ive only had a few 2009 and up zx6r. Now im just comfortable

  • Hector

    This list is non-sense. The Kawasaki ZX-14R is the fastest at 9.3-9.4 s 1/4 mile. The Buell is discontinued (compare the Buell Blast to the 500cc’s), & the GSXR isn’t #1. The Hayabusa lost to the ZX-14R big time (by that much above), and both the ZX-14R and ZX-6R out handle and drag the Suzuki’s. That’s an US based ranking because the US uses the Suzuki’s & Yamaha’s for racing as opposed to the better Kawasaki’s & Honda’s. The V-Rod is the slowest with worst mpg in class (31-32 mpg sports cruiser), and the BMW 800 shouldn’t be on the list. The Honda CBR1000RR should be there, and yes the Ninja 250 is #1 in class.