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Old 04-26-2004, 07:33 AM   #131
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Default Re: Triumph in 8th?

If the Daytona doesn't quite work for the wife, maybe look down the line (or up) at the Sprint ST. Yeah it only has 118hp (less at the wheels) but its supposed to be a great bike. Now if only I could come up with the cash....
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:35 AM   #132
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And what about that bozo with the Moto-3? At least they made him ride the photo mule, so he wouldn't offend anyone.
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:39 AM   #133
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I just want to give Sean and the other MOfos the credit they deserve for keeping their cool on Friday.



Thursday had been disasterous. They had called the whole test off. Then at the last moment, they decided to regroup and carry on. And they did so brilliantly.



When I arrived at Buttonwillow, the MO staff seemed a little confused by my presence (except Martin and Sean, perhaps). I soon figured out that I was not the source of confusion. Instead it was their awkward and down right tense situation caused by the accident the day before.



When things go wrong, it's very tempting to start pointing fingers, to cover your butt by scapegoating other people. I'm happy to say that the MO staff were above such behavior. Sure there was some post-crash analysis: "If only so-and-so had done this" or "if only so-and-so had not done that..." But there was also a job to do.



Even though the stakes were very high, even though nobody had gotten enough sleep, the MOfos focused on the task at hand. Nobody was blaming or condemning anybody else. These guys are gentlemen.



And they are also professionals. They did their jobs, and we get enjoy a great Open Class shootout.
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:51 AM   #134
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Um. What would've been so wrong with making this like three different comparisons I wonder? Never mind, that's crazy...
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:58 AM   #135
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LOL. They were asking for it....
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Old 04-26-2004, 08:11 AM   #136
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Default Re: 2004 Open Class Shootout - Those who can't do, *****.

I agree with everything Martin said. In fact I wish I could say it as well as he does. (I posted earlier that the MOfos are gentlemen and professionals.)



There is one minor comment I wish to make: I did not show up "expecting to ride." I did harbor some wholly unencouraged hopes, of course Being the perceptive man that he is, Martin picked up on it.



It didn't take me long to figure out that MO was under the gun. Even in their hectic situation, the MOfos were friendly and generous with me. It was my pleasure to be helpful in some small way.
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Old 04-26-2004, 09:19 AM   #137
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Default Re: 2004 Open Class Shootout

This is a great country we live in and in spite of what all the doomcriers would have us believe it is still the land of opportunity. So for all the people who are so upset about what they think is a lousy literbike comparo they have a simple alternative.



They can start their own online motorcycle magazine! With a all the sanctimony available I'm sure that this new motorcycle site will be a runaway success. There certainly is a lot of horsepower being generated, measured in tons of methane, as it is. Put it to good use.



See just how easy it is to beg 8 new sportbikes from the distributors and arrange a full array of testing.



Let's see what a great job these superior intellects and renowned motorcyclists can do.
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Old 04-26-2004, 09:23 AM   #138
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Default Re: 2004 Open Class Shootout

The Honda CBR1000 looses in the looks department. The swingarm would've looked kinda chinsy on a CBR600RR let alone a 1000.

Not many people can ride these bikes close to their limits, so looks, and then livability, could be a ranking catagory. Would the RC-51's swingarm fit the CBR? I think that Maintenance could be included too. As part of livability?

Alot of good reading none the less. I really liked the fact you included all of the different models.

Makes me want a 2002 or newer RC-51. Or Yammie, or ZX.......

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Old 04-26-2004, 09:23 AM   #139
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RRW doesn't publish their tests online. You have to buy/steal the rag. FYI, the bikes were tested by AMA level racers (like Sean) and they got around California Speedway fastest with the Kaw and Yam. The CBR wasn't even close.
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Old 04-26-2004, 09:25 AM   #140
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Umm... Didn't we cover this already?



At some point this becomes piling on. I'm sure everyone involved has gotten the point 100 times over by now.
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