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Old 08-23-2006, 09:54 AM   #51
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Default Re: GMP predictions come true again. ZX-8



In the late '60s Honda came out with a 750-4, then just a couple years later with a 500-4 and 350-4. A decade earlier Triumph had 650, 500 and 350 twins. Multiple displacement configurations on similar engine platforms isn't really that new an idea. I always thought you got the most technology for your money buying the smallest displacement machine.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:00 AM   #52
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I think it's all pretty much said and done with the GSXR. You can't improve on that design. Yamaha's R bikes have a tail so sharp if you tripped and fell on it would require surgery to remove.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:02 AM   #53
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And shocks!
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:12 AM   #54
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Maybe you could get one and graft that Greeves leading link front end on to complete the dreamcycle motif.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:14 AM   #55
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It's kind of a ... "how can we improve on the styling of the B1 bomber", which seems to be the styling platform for all vehicles these days.



So... they chose the little aliens helmet from the Bug's Bunny cartoon, for the front fender, the War of the Worlds martian tripod death-ray 'eye' for the turn signals and the Mars Attacks' martian device sent out to suck up the explosion from the nuclear warhead fired at their spaceship.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:20 AM   #56
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....as long as they leave the domestic Japanese names at home. No American would buy a bike called a "Happy Chrysanthemum".
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:21 AM   #57
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The original arcade and Sega Genesis Road Rash was better. Can't beat riding around shooting *****s in GTA though.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:39 AM   #58
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Totally agree about the integration. You could pick out the parts bin donors on the last version and it had some fairly tacky details. Not a terrible result, mind you, but this version looks like it was designed as one concept, even though I'm sure there are still parts bin donors. They're just not as easy to see.



Now, whether or not you like the overall concept is the question that people will have to answer.



I think it's a little overwrought (I feel the same about the Benelli TNT). And, yes, the exhausts are over the top. Still, I give them credit for taking some risks. I can see how it might actually look pretty good in the flesh.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:50 AM   #59
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:51 AM   #60
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It's Lucky Chrysanthemum
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