Hot Debate: Is banning hyperbikes a valid idea to reduce crashes on public roads?

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Litre class superbikes, with their overwhelming power and breakneck acceleration, more often than not take up a big space in the fantasies of a true bike aficionado. While most petrol heads love this category of motorcycles to bits, there are others who think that the ludicrous amounts of power possessed by these machines are too hazardous for the real world. And while this topic has been hotly debated by speed junkies across the world for decades now, the upsurge in superbike crashes of late has taken the argument to an unprecedented level. What has added further fuel to the fire is the fact that global superbike makers are pushing the envelope every passing day, with the power output of their litre class offerings nudging or breaching the 200bhp mark.

The supercharged Ninja H2, Yamaha R1 M, Ninja ZX-10R and the dominant S1000RR are the leading liter class offerings, and all of them offer performance which is capable of showing the stairway to heaven (or hell) to a rider who’s not careful enough. Detractors of these hyperbikes argue that the power output and acceleration offered by these machines renders them unusable on public roads. The supporters, on the other hand reason that using any amount of power is ultimately in the hands of the rider.


Supporters of hi-performance superbikes feel that the idea of not having these exponents of epic performance on public roads is a prejudiced thought, as nobody raises finger at the ludicrously powered and priced Veyrons and the Venoms of the world. So why single out motorcycles? Against which, naysayers argue that cars are more stable, and thus, safer than motorcycles.

Now, riding any vehicle, superbike or otherwise, responsibly, is of paramount importance. Just because you have more power doesn’t mean you have to necessarily lay it down brazenly on public roads. A responsible rider will be safe even on a 300 bhp megabike. Conversely even a 50cc moped, when ridden irresponsibly may cause death and/or injury.

Some of the bikemakers want the new age two-wheeled rockets taken off the shelf though. In a recent interview, Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM was heard talking on similar lines. The top man at KTM said that ‘if your Superbike is reaching 200 horsepower or more, it’s impossible to argue that it belongs on the street. It really doesn’t, anymore.’ Pierer has confirmed that KTM will phase out its RC8 superbike as soon as its track-only successor arrives.

At Motoroids, we really think that it’s not fair to take sides on this subject. Like in the case of most things associated with humans, there is nothing painted in black and white here. There are several perspectives to look at this topic from, and the resultant thoughts would invariably be different based on an individual’s philosophy and worldly view.

What we plan to do here, however, is to invite you, the readers, for an open debate on the subject. Is it the man or the machine that is responsible for the superbike crashes that we often witness on public roads? How much power is too much power? Would banning these power mongers make public roads any better? Would that stop the lunatics from putting their own and others’ lives in danger?

We really want to know your thoughts on the topic. Best comments and views will get featured on Motoroids with due credits to their authors. You can comment via the comment section below or on our Facebook post embedded immediately after the post.
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HOT DEBATE: Is banning hyperbikes a solution to mitigate road accidents? Some people agree, some don't. Do let us know…

Posted by Motoroids India on Thursday, 11 June 2015

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  • sharath says:

    It’s better to give some knowledge about the bike according to capacity of the bike while purchasing bike . This might create awareness for the purchaser who really want to buy those bikes and create some licence to those who ride.

  • Ashwin Shetty says:

    I just read through this article and I am, to out it best, ashamed at the levels of stupidity that the human race is getting to!!! I am an avid bike lover and a passionate rider! I completely disagree with the fact that banning these hyperbikes is going to improve the situation. It is not the machine to be blamed but the brainless moneyed lot who buy these wonderful pieces of riding nirvana for the wrong reasons!! Agreed there has to be a certain level of maturity and experience but there also has to be a dose of common sense on the dos and don’ts of purchasing and running a hyperbike that will make the ownership experience all that more enjoyable! Sad to say that obviously people promoting this senseless talk are either a jealous lot or really have no other better work to do. There is a cycle by which this can be brought under control albeit with teething issues but it’s not impossible. Banning these hyperbikes will only encourage maverick behaviour like stealthily taking it out at night and on highways especially by the lesser intelligent and more adventurous lot age regardless!! What I am trying to say here is enforce strict control on those who buy these bikes! If they want it that badly they will endure the procedure to get one and their passion enough will get them to it not to mention the sense of value to the life of the rider and the bike after it being hard earned! Put potential buyers booking such bikes through a rigorous license course and test from the manufacturer as a joint responsibility with the new owner. Of course this is not to say that power will not corrupt the new owner but once he is seasoned through the riding course in a closed environment there is a lesser chance of indulging stupid behavior as he will more likely respect the bike after a toss or two during the course! What happens once the bike leaves the showroom we can only leave to the owners / riders good judgement or lack of it. Who is to talk about the little mosquitoes on their small capacity 150-300cc gloat machines?? The ever ready to race on seeing a litre class bike? The traffic light dragsters who pose such a menace to other road users?? I’m sweating thinking of them and getting my blood pressure up just by imagining the havoc they create and thus would leave it to a far more detailed discussion which I will save for those interested, you can pm me. Happy Riding stay safe Cheers!

  • abhijeet lall says:

    as Soham said it earlier..
    i’m completely satisfied to the point he mentioned

  • Shyam Prasad Mora says:

    lol…. If I have 500 in my pocket, I can get a license to drive a space shuttle from Indian RTO…such pathetic is the brokerage system…I know a guy who is 16years old and got a car driving license without ant documents.. Even if the cops catch him when he does not have his license with him, a 100 in his pocket makes all the talking.. Thats it.. never expect Foreign countries like rules in India. If the existing rules were implemented properly in India, we would have been in a far better situation that we are in now.

  • xerxes says:

    Hi. If banning everything thought off as dangerous was the simpler solution, then why would we need other regulatory laws to govern things around us. It would either be a yes or a no kind of law.
    Problem is that we hand a potent motorbike in juvenile hands and when there is a mishap, general public looks at every responsible biker as a militant out on a suicide mission.
    There still exist bikers who want to ride a 190+bhp motorbike, without being a potential hazard to anyone on the road. Buying a hyperbike does not lable a biker as reckless. People have this impression that a person buys a hyperbike only to ride fast. The true problem is implementing of proper law to be eligible to ride a hyperbike. In India every any tom-dick-&-harry with the requisite money can walk into a superbike showroom and ride one of these hyperbikes out to the streets. Dumb are the parents who encourage this and even dumber is the law-maker who can’t regulate this. Ours is a great country where even a driving licence is made by an agent. So what more can we expect on the roads??
    UK is a lovely example of 2-wheeler & superbike licencing procedure where a rider needs to qualify and spend riding hrs in a particular licence category to qualify for a higher capacity bike licence.
    This in my opinion is a much logical process to curb juvenile harzards on the roads and not just brand every superbiker as a potential suicide bomber.
    Banning is not a solution, it gives rise to many defiants.