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Old 10-18-2009, 08:39 PM   #31
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Thats impressive Kevin... It takes alot of skill and alot of balls to race at that level. looking forward to reading more of your insights into racing.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:30 PM   #32
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Thats impressive Kevin... It takes alot of skill and alot of balls to race at that level. looking forward to reading more of your insights into racing.
Thanks, MB. First comes a report from the Tokyo Motor Show, then my initial riding impressions of the new VFR1200 from hot laps at Sugo. Heading to the land of the rising sun in the morning. It's gonna be a good week!
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:09 PM   #33
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Did you write your report from Japan?
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:58 PM   #34
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Did you write your report from Japan?
Got a couple for ya.
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:51 PM   #35
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So, Mr. Duke likes the Dual Clutch? Hmm, woudja buy one with it instead of a standard transmission if the prices were the same?
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:47 PM   #36
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So, Mr. Duke likes the Dual Clutch? Hmm, woudja buy one with it instead of a standard transmission if the prices were the same?
If the price was identical, yes, I'd get the DCT. It will be interesting to see what the MSRP difference is when Honda announces it.

The DCT has three modes: D, S and Manual. D would be good for trolling thru traffic and carrying a pillion. S is amazingly responsive, and it worked well even on a racetrack. Manual wasn't as good as expected, responding less smoothly when shifting, but I was so concentrated on the auto modes, I didn't spend much time in Manual.

Another important point: Pulling away from a stop was excellent, with none of the wondering how it will come in like the FJR-AE.

More to come after a full press intro in Dec or Jan.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:54 AM   #37
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Default Part 2...still waiting

Can you just e-mail me part two? I won't share it with anyone.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:27 PM   #38
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Can you just e-mail me part two? I won't share it with anyone.
A week in Japan has cut into my time to write Part 2. Please feel sorry for me...
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:21 AM   #39
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Default MO Goes AMA Roadracing: Part 2

Ok, here's the title for part 2. Part one was in August, that's like 3 years in Cat years. Since I've been waiting for part 2, my deployment to Albania is now down to only 7 months left, the berlin wall has fallen, HD is closing Buell. I'm going to pull a shawshank redemption on you, no not that part, the part where I write you a letter every week until you give in and finally produce part 2.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:20 PM   #40
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It might be three cat years, but it's only about a day and a half in Duke years.

Should I abandon writing the first U.S.-based review of the awesome new BMW S1000RR so I can finish Part 2...? I beg for your continued patience!
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