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Old 08-22-2002, 09:03 AM   #51
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Default Re: 2002 Naked Bike Shootout Reader Feedback

Ever ride in 40 degree weather on a naked bike? Not fun. The fairing of my VFR allows me to ride from March to early November here on the East coast.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:25 AM   #52
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Default Re: 2002 Naked Bike Shootout Reader Feedback

You have an issue with my point #5? Well, I'm sticking to my guns on it, and I challenge you present a more accurate dissertation as to why... ants... burrito wrapper..., um, never mind.



Sorry for inadvertantly plagiarising your "Fox or Ohlins" comment. I was 'shocked' to read your identical reference. I should be 'suspended' from all future posts. At least until next 'spring'. That would put a 'damper' on any such maleficence in the future!



It just occurred to me that I've got a bit too much free time on my hands.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:26 AM   #53
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Default Great article loved it worth the wait.

Seems like Kawasaki does it again in its John Deere fashion i.e. Solid motor, decent suspension, and no gimics. Kind of like my ZX-6R.



Burns times were impressive, begging the question does the average street rider need a race replica sport bike? I bought a sportbike cause I wanted the best performance for the dollar. Performance meaning tires, brakes, handling and acceleration. Maybe these new nakeds have it all plus comfront.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:30 AM   #54
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Default Where is the previous naked bike winner?

The only manufacturer that only produces naked bikes wasn't represented. Other than that.....good honost article.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:33 AM   #55
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I stripped my VFR....only plastic left is the front fender.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:43 AM   #56
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You sure are punny.



(great posts!!!)
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:53 AM   #57
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Default Re: Where is the previous naked bike winner?

Was curious as to how well that style of bike would do at the track, especially the Monster.



Really want to see how the Lightning performs, with the handle bars moved up and the foot pegs moved down an inch, on the track. Also have not seen the Firebolt with track comparisons.

With the R1 as a chase vehicle that day and the Firebolt consistently pulling away from that and the Ducati on the twisties....a comparison between the winners on the street and the winners on the tight track and larger would put things in perspective for (assuming) a lot of us.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:54 AM   #58
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Default Way to go MO!

I love this comparos. Excellent!!!



My only complaint is that all 5 bikes should have been tested on the same course (or both courses would have been even better).



Where's minime, by the way?

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Old 08-22-2002, 10:00 AM   #59
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You sure are punny.



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Old 08-22-2002, 10:15 AM   #60
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Default in Canada...

Salut!



Me, I don't say "alot".

I don't say "a lot" either.

I say: beaucoup.

And about suspension issue, I can't comment on the Beemer, but about the FZ1.

I rode one for a day, that thing suspension is VERY well controlled, a bit on the soft side but it is a big plus on not so smooth country roads.

I just can't come to terms with the bars.

As soon as the road opens up and the speedo is going toward 100mph and up, I feel like the front end is just too far out there, as is the small fairing.

Too much buffeting for fast riding, it gets tiring fast.

Maybe with clubman type bar.

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