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Cycle News 2013 Issue 34 August 27

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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SHOOTOUT P74 2013 MIDDLEWEIGHT SPORTBIKE SHOOTOUT PART II N ot too long ago 600 Supersports were the rage, introducing riders to the thrilling world of sportbikes. With peaky, frantic revving engines hidden within bold racy-looking plastics these bikes are the most affordable ways for riders to mimic racing heroes on TV. While popularity has waned due to buyers wanting more than just a punchy top-end and turn-on-adime handling, considering how much performance bang you get for your dollar a modern middleweight certainly fits the bill. This year the buying decision becomes tougher due to an influx of machines that ignore Japan's classic 600cc inline four recipes. In addition to the three 600cc stalwarts, Honda's CBR600RR, Suzuki 's GSX-R600 and Yamaha's R6, there is the return of the 636-powered Kawasaki Ninja, two 675cc triples from Triumph and MV Agusta and Ducati's topshelf and V-twin powered 848 STORY BY BART MADSON AND ADAM WAH PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA WILSON

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