Don't let machines like the Kawasaki Ninja H2R fool you: Performance isn't just about engine power and straight-line acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics -- as evidenced by the Honda CBR1000RR SP and others.
What's more, the latest electronic aids, which are trickling down from top-level bikes to more mainstream models, now elevate performance, control, and safety to unprecedented levels. Products that stand out and really deserve praise are the ones that offer the total package and give riders the most bang for their buck.
Here, then, are the top 10 highest-performing bikes on the market in 2015 according to Moto123.com:
2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R:
Derived from the RC8 R superbike, the 1290 Super Duke R and its 1,300cc engine promise tremendous accelerating power, especially with a weight of just 180kg. Electronic aids come in the form of three engine maps and traction control settings (Rain, Street, and Sport).
The Super Duke R simply stands as the most powerful and most violent naked bike in the world.