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Old 04-25-2004, 04:13 AM   #51
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Very good review. Why are there no comments from the other testers? Are they illiterate or something?



Also, the Triumph spec sheet engine section is clearly incorrect.
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Old 04-25-2004, 04:35 AM   #52
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unbelievable that sean went faster on the triumph than the two other 'fast drivers' on the ZX10R/fireblade/almost any other bike. really impressive.



thank you for the great article although i wanted so badly see you guys compare all the fresh open class bikes against the last years suzuki.



a propos power.. i find it really annoying that all manufacturers claim to have way more rwhp than the bikes really have.. this marketing sucks and is needless..like overbidding in topspeed >300km/h.

(in this issue, i hope you put the new 750 gixxer on a dyno as well when you get it in your hands, to see whats left of claimed '148 HP').
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Old 04-25-2004, 05:16 AM   #53
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I just got back from two days at Streets of Willow on my new CBR1000RR, and your thoughts are similar. It is the best bike I have ever owned ( though it will NEVER get ridden on the street, I vastly prefer my VFR800 for the street). It handles effortlessly, it was easy to get around Streets on, and that is not a wide open fast track, it is Streets. The bike never came close to being even slightly twitchy. It never came close to scaring me (except for the terminal velocity at the end of the front straight) and the few rear end slides were predictable and controllable. I love it.



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Old 04-25-2004, 05:26 AM   #54
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My wife conceived and gave birth in less time than it took you folks to bring this test from rumor to completion. However, you done good.
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Old 04-25-2004, 05:55 AM   #55
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Mfrs don't list rwhp; they list crankshaft hp. Do they ever overestimate? Probably. Oh, I've seen dyno results of nearly 130 rwhp on the GSX-R750; 148 at the crank souds pretty reasonable to me.
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Old 04-25-2004, 05:59 AM   #56
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Here's an idea for a test. Put Sean and a steering dampener on the zx-10, and then give the other 7 bikes a 2 second head start at the track. .



My money will be on Sean, even with his meat fist.



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Old 04-25-2004, 06:10 AM   #57
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Okay, I ride a 955 (and a Daytona 600). I was suprised that it was included in the test, but not at all at the result (i.e. that you ranked it last and yet still want to take it home).



Two questions:



Why'd ya run an '03? There's a lighter '04 out there. No test bike available?



It was mentioned that you didn't fit the race tires due to lack of tools. Was this the only bike handicapped as such on the track? Am I correct that the 'tona was running OEM tires on the track while the others were running Supercorsas on the timed laps?
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Old 04-25-2004, 06:11 AM   #58
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Oh, and mad mad props to Sean for running those lap times with a broken hand. *slaps chest*
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Old 04-25-2004, 06:44 AM   #59
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Default Re: speaking of tire life.........

I'm pretty pissed that the rear D220 I put on a few months ago @12k is showing alot of wear now @ 17K. The one on the front still looks good but I doubt I'll get my usual 10k out of the rear.

The Bandit was about the same weight as the Triumph and I got over 10k on D220's on it, I wonder if they softened the compound again? I might have to relegate them to winter (rain) tires and use Michelin's in the summer or something.
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Old 04-25-2004, 07:53 AM   #60
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Sissies,

Too light and Too fast for ya'? That's why we call them crotch ROCKETS.

Pull your knickers up, boys. Looks like the ZX10 used you for B*****s.



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