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Old 09-11-2003, 07:14 AM   #31
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My hypothetical liter-bike shootout preview from an (unnamed) motorcycle rag:<ul>
[*]Kawasaki ZX-10R = best brakes
[*]Yamaha YZF-R1 = best motor
[*]Suzuki GSX-R1000 = best lap times
[*]Honda CBR1000RR = best ... um ... all-around ... errr ...[/list]
And the winner is: CBR1000RR!!!!

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Old 09-11-2003, 07:32 AM   #32
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You're right. The US paint schemes are so much better. That has got to be a first: the US getting the cool paint scheme (or whatever) and Europe getting the shaft.
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Old 09-11-2003, 07:38 AM   #33
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At least they've managed to hide those hideous gas-tank seams.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:05 AM   #34
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From the US Site:



WE get the Hornet 600 (badged as the "599"). Last year's model. Europe gets a new model. And last years model was inferior to last year's Fazer 600.



This year, we get the NEW FZ6, which looks like a significant leap forward over the old one. Oh, and the FZ6 will cost ~$6.3k (SV-S range), while Honda wants $7k for the Hornet? Dream on, Honda.



The 599 is DOA. You heard it here first.





Europe also gets a new version of the CB5 (CBF500) and a new 250 (CBF250). We don't, but as americans don't buy small bikes and don't have gradiated liscencing,thats not a suprise. But its interesting that Honda is really putting out the ABS in europe: the hornet 600, CBF500, CBF250, and Valadero all have available ABS.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:29 AM   #35
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It would be useful if the Honda spec page told us something about weight and / or horsepower. Instead, they're happy to inform us that this all-new bike has a paper air filter! That certainly influences my buying decisions.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:31 AM   #36
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People still ride 750s?!?! LOL
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:33 AM   #37
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***** work dammit, lets ride!!
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:44 AM   #38
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No wonder why Honda never brings over any different bikes. When they do it's last years inferior model for more coinage than the competitors competing models. It's starting to ***** me off, I've always liked Honda, but I think I'm getting something else for my next few bikes unless they get their act together.
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Old 09-11-2003, 08:58 AM   #39
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It seems the Blackbird has flown the coop.
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Old 09-11-2003, 09:06 AM   #40
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I was only being a little sarcastic.



If people like them then by all means buy them. After all, that's what makes the economy go. Plus it gluts the used bike market and allows cheapskates like me to get 5 year old GSXRs really really cheap.



And heck, the capabilities of these bikes passed me by a so long ago that I'd be perfectly happy with a '92 Hurricane.



I just like to chuckle about all the oooohing and ahhing that goes on in response to marketing ploys. The new bikes are barely better than last years. No reason to buy the CBR1000 when you can get an '03 CBR954 for 8500 clams including a smoking deal on interest rates.



Any of these literclass bikes will launch you right off the Angeles Crest into the atmosphere with the flick of a wrist. The functionality of these bikes is so close that differences are only noticeable by professional racers. Anyone else who makes such claims is fooling himself.
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