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Old 08-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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World's first Superbike?

I've noticed a lot of posts refer to many different motorcycles as the "first superbike". It seems it is usually one which is a favorite of whomever makes the claim. I personally like Nortons and remember reading that the first time "superbike" was used in print was in reference to a Norton Commando. I don't know if this is true, but i'd like think so.

So the question is.....Who said it first?
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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From Wikipedia:

Superbike
, liter-class, or literbike, i.e. 1,000 cc (61 cu in).As with supersport, many of the models in this class compete in superbike racing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superbike#Superbike
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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I had a Norton Commando (750 cc) and I don't remember the expression "superbike" being in use at that time. "TT Bike" for Tourist Trophy Racer (or in my case Tavern to Tavern) would be used; or "road racer" if it had clip-on handle bars and a very uncomfortable seat.

I think the prefix "super" became popular in the late '70s when everything was super, or claimed to be.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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Kawasaki Z1. That was the first one.

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Old 08-02-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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Kawasaki Z1. That was the first one.

z1r i reckon but round there,gs1000,cb900,xs1100
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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Kawasaki Z1. That was the first one.

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1973 Z1 - happen to have one in the garage.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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I've noticed a lot of posts refer to many different motorcycles as the "first superbike". It seems it is usually one which is a favorite of whomever makes the claim. I personally like Nortons and remember reading that the first time "superbike" was used in print was in reference to a Norton Commando. I don't know if this is true, but i'd like think so.

So the question is.....Who said it first?
It is true that Norton used the term first in advertising, in fact they went a step further by using the word "superplus" .

As to the first superbike made, of course this was 50yrs before the term was first used, but without question, the Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Sports was the first .
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:35 PM   #8
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I would definitely call a Norton Commando a superbike, and a Kawasaki H2 750, being the fastest production bike in the world in 1972. The Honda 750 would qualify, and, of course, the mighty 900cc Kawasaki Z1. My .02
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #9
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Kawasaki Z1. That was the first one.

What publication and what date?
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #10
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Are we forgetting Vincent? Certainly a strong contender, although Brough is in the running also.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #12
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What publication and what date?
My opinion. It was the first bike of the modern era that was all about hp. There were earlier bikes that were strong, but the Z1 was a whole different ball game.

And I generally despise Kawasakis, so it's not a fanboy thing.
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I'm curious when the term was first used by someone independent, like a journalist, in a publication. I'm sure we all have different opinions as to which qualifies, but i'd like facts today.



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Old 08-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #14
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Kawasaki Z1. That was the first one.

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z1r i reckon but round there,gs1000,cb900,xs1100
The '72 Z1 wuz actually a 900 that totally dominated that era; it t'wuz the shiznit! Them others came much later.
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