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Old 10-23-2003, 09:04 AM   #21
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Default Re: New Petronas Superbike

"mindless collection"? The guys a True Motorhead/enthusiast. Regardless of what I think about him (think he's alright), I would LOVE to have access to the vehicles he has, 2 and 4 wheel!
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:23 AM   #22
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Does it come with the shipping container so you can send it back to its home '20 for service (or Heaven forbid, repairs)?
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:25 AM   #23
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Default Agree but they obviously did not receive my Twins are dead in racing memo

Cool looking bike. Too bad H-D/Buell can't make a bike like this.
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:30 AM   #24
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Default Re: New Petronas Superbike

Has anybody ever heard why the Petronas bikes throw fire (while engine braking) like they do?

I've been told the Triumph 955i ECM (and probably others) enrichens the mixture when it detects engine braking, to prevent a lean condition, thus avoiding that horrid blatting and coughing and all.

Maybe the Petronas ECM does the same, and the pipe configuration gets hot enough to ignite the mix as it exits the pipe.

Any of our 50lb heads out there wanna wade in on this?
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:32 AM   #25
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You are forgetting The Daily Show.
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:47 AM   #26
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Default Defending Leno

Not only is he an avid car collector but he also a great collector of motorcycles. Someday there will be a Leno museum and I think your attitude will change. The guy is great comedian and an outstanding and generous member of the motorcycle community.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:16 AM   #27
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Default Afterburner?

RE Afterburners:



The race version of the bike would frequently shoot flames (un-burned gasoline igniting during decel while entering a corner) out of the tail pipes. Very visible, kinda looked neat - I guess -, but somewhat disconcerting to a fellow racer following too closely. Soooo, some people jokingly refer to the flames as an afterburner.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:21 AM   #28
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Well, I guess that I don't meet the 50lbs requirement, but my guess is that they were designed to do this to allow quicker downshifts without causing the dreaded rear wheel-hop/lockup if a lower gear is selected too early. Maybe it has some of the same characteristics as a twin (which it isn't). My two cents. Anyone else have a better reason?
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:46 AM   #29
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To set the hondas on fire when they lap it.
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Old 10-23-2003, 11:00 AM   #30
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