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Old 11-08-2002, 09:09 PM   #41
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It's better lookin', too.



I'm curious how a Mille R with custom suspension work would fare. Mine has a Penske 3-way out back and the forks were resprung and revalved for my lardy 225 pound weight. Problem is, I probably couldn't turn sub 1:30's on Haga's bike, so it is all kind of moot, eh? Nonetheless, it makes me FEEL fast, which is probably the most important thing.
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Old 11-08-2002, 09:37 PM   #42
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Default Re: Nice story about two obsolete bikes.

I think the width has more to do with the frame than the layout...my Fazer isn't nearly as wide as my friend's Katana. I think it's the extra space of the fairing combined with the frame on the outside of the engine.



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Old 11-09-2002, 10:09 AM   #43
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I think people underestimate the twins. When I go to track days (at Willow Springs, mind you) the twins are kicking just as much ass as the 1000cc fours. In fact, they're easier to ride fast than the 4's for 99% of the riders out there. I put faster lap times on my buddy's RC (stock suspension w/ Rennsports) than my '02 R1 (w/ steering damper and Rennsports.) It was just so much easier to turn in and it gave a lot more feedback. User-friendly sums it up best.



BTW, as far as looks, I think just about everything looks better than the RC, with it's bug-eyes and funky nostril. All in the eye of the beholder I guess.
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Old 11-09-2002, 12:14 PM   #44
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Default Re: Nice story about two obsolete bikes.

What do you know about Pitt??

WORLD CHAMPION

and in a super competitive class on a bike nobody else got anywhere near the front.

WORLD CHAMPION

PROVEN

also - top performer in OZ on.....Kawasaki!!

'EBOZ' must be a great rider to do what he's done on the '7, but I cant see a problem with them appointing Pitt.

McKoy is also a proven rider in the top class - have a look who he has beaten in recent years.



Many great riders around at the moment.





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Old 11-09-2002, 12:20 PM   #45
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Default Re: Reports of Twins' Death are highly exaggerated!

Well said.

Yamaha is the only inline-4 in Motogp, but I dont see a shortage or them in streetbikes now or in the future.

Same for V-twins - a great powerplant is a great powerplant regardless of what comes along later - I dread the mainenance/heat/rebuilding cost of a V-5.

Personally, I predict supercharged singles or similarly blown small capacity twins will become a force on the market sooner or later.



I'm happy with my twin, but a triple sounds desirable too.



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Old 11-09-2002, 12:23 PM   #46
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I reckon a 'volkswagon on steriods' would sound better than that V-5. Personally, it does nothing for me - flat and characterless.

The Yam and Suzuki are getting there, but the CUBE sounds AWESOME - like a F1 refugee.



Does anyone know where there is a soundbite of it????
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Old 11-09-2002, 04:44 PM   #47
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I think you hit the nail on the head. People underestimate twins because they read the magazines, and look at the strait line figures, where twins get dusted by big inline fours. Thats where the price/performance ratio kicks in and people think their paying to much for to little performance. When in actuality they would sportride better and faster on a twin.This does not apply to the expert roadracer who can extract the most out of any streetbike thrown at them.It just applys to the vast majority of us.
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Old 11-09-2002, 08:25 PM   #48
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Pitt was good in all those second and third places that added up to a championship last year. Too bad he never one race last year. EBoz plays to win always. Pitt plays it safe. Yep I know a little about Pitt. Too bad doesn't have the guts of Bayliss.
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Old 11-09-2002, 08:41 PM   #49
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Does anybody have the guts of Bayliss??

Edwards has impressed though - but did you see Bayliss riding that Ducati like a bronco in the last round ?



Pitt can win, and has in Supersport this year. He may not have won a race in 2001, but was consistently contending and didn't crash - Kawasaki needs someone who will finish races to help develop the bike - wins wouldnt be as important yet as max amount of data. I'm not putting Eboz down at all, he's great, but I can see why they would choose Pitt - as well as Pitt knowing where the circuits go, a BIG advantage in his favour though not Eric's fault. I see that they have two proven riders - McKoy will get the results if the bike is there and he and Pitt should be able to move the bike along with their combination of experience at the tracks, under pressure, Pitt's championship (there's the loyalty factor - who else has won Kawasaki a world title since Russell???), not to mention impressive results from Pitt's go on the Motogp machine.



That said, I reckon Eric deserves a Motogp seat more than some of the riders who will be circulating next year. It's be exciting to see him in amongst it. He may be better suited to a proven bike like a Honda or Yamaha where he can concentrate on learning tracks and the machine, not having to develop the bike on top of that. That load has broken many top riders in the past.



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Old 11-09-2002, 11:20 PM   #50
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hey man, you seen the black rsv-r? looks way better than the yellow imho!
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