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Old 11-17-2006, 10:27 AM   #21
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Default Re: MO Reader Question: What's in a Spec Table?

Should we stay away from Ducati's air-cooled motors too?
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:30 AM   #22
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I think MO needs to buy or borrow a scale to weigh the bikes they test. Manufacturer's weights are useless. Why does weight matter? Because It tells you a lot about how it 'handles' in the garage and at slow speeds.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:50 AM   #23
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It has to be a stick man with a beer belly for me or it won't do no good.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:52 AM   #24
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you can both shut the ***** up. I have first post....it's mine all mine and you can't have it .



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Old 11-17-2006, 10:54 AM   #25
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Hear hear. Well said. Good comments.

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Old 11-17-2006, 11:43 AM   #26
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The Frammich Modulator is an important parameter as well. Also wether it uses Halogen or Standard Blinker Fluid....
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Old 11-17-2006, 11:49 AM   #27
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Default Re: MO Reader Question: What's in a Spec Table?

Manufacturers spec tables are designed to help you buy their bike. They will try to tell what they think you want to hear. A high compression ratio is generally meant to imply high performance, it *may* also mean that you will be buying fuel from the premium side of the pump. By itself it means nothing.



Like the man said, weight, seat height, suspension travel, horsepower/torque/rpm are more useful.



Bikers ARE motorheads, so numbers that can be compared are semi useful discussion tools. Being able to bandy about moto trivia at the bar is a considered by by some to be a source of amusement. "My bike has 14:1 compression, I see that your piece a poop has a miserable 13.5:1" "

*****! I better sell that dog right now and get me one a them 15:1 jobs."
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:49 PM   #28
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Gabe,



While responding to your reader Peter, I thought it surprizing that you didn't mention the header on the spec sheets.



All the newbie really needs to know is whether self said specs are for a VFR, a Concours, or that other one that I disremember.



Just trust the dealer. Even the MSRP can be massaged with "easy" financing.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:09 PM   #29
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so I had to give the honest answer. It kills me sometimes, but I'm a changed man. Really.



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