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Old 11-25-2009, 05:53 PM   #21
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Loved the article and the bike, if I had my choice, it would have to be the Aprilia.
You'd have the 'prilia over the Katoom? Why?
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:17 PM   #22
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No rational reason other than the new RSV4 Aprilia is simply sex on wheels. If given free reign on a sporting liter bike to stick in my garage, I would choose it too!
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:28 AM   #23
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Hideous styling -- esp. the headlights - God only knows what they were thinking! A shame because otherwise it looks promising.

For my money, I prefer to wait until the RSV4 is available with a similar traction control package.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:23 AM   #24
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You'd have the 'prilia over the Katoom? Why?
Truly because of the race results, the Aprilia seems to be a better platform right from the start. Plus it is a tightly packed V motor.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:12 PM   #25
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Tough guy eh? If I was calling you out, you'd know it.

But I like you KD, no reason to get porky.

Was just wondering what happened to the Husky test, that's all.
Sorry, Matt, your message was a bit cryptic. Sadly, no Huskys on the horizon.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:16 PM   #26
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Quite an impressive moto, K-Danger. The movie-shots looked cool, but lacked the "polish" of MO's resident video-pro. Ah, those amateurs at BMW.......... (BTW - you really are looking comfortable in front of the camera)
Thanks, 'Hawk! Woulda been a better vid had I cleared our on-board camera's memory card before trying to film! I could've showed footage of some nutball ramming into the side of me at Portimao. Thankfully, nobody crashed.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:26 PM   #27
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Mr. Duke, that was an interesting article. The part I found most interesting was that the vast majority of the article was about the electronics. I think that says quite a bit about the state of super-sport motorcycles. The differentiations no longer are things as basic as 2 stroke versus 4, I-4 versus...whatever, frame design...etc. Today they're all perimeter framed, I-4s, and the only thing that makes one stand out from another seems to be software and user interface. Even horsepower seems a moot point these days; nobody can put 180+ HP to the ground without some electronic help.

I'm NOT saying that's wrong, but it IS noteworthy.

BTW: thank you for working "Spent gasses" in there. No review is complete without it!
Yep, clever electronics will become a major theme among sportbikes.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:30 PM   #28
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Yeah, but would you rather have this or the KTM RC8?
Ooh, this is shaping up to be a fantastic literbike shootout. Just spent 400 miles on the new RC8R. Quite a splendid machine and worthy of comparison with the 1198S. The RSV4 Factory is now calling my name, begging to be spanked...
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #29
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BMW certainly has the engineering and electronics down, I'm sure they benefit from the car guys on that score. For my money I'd take a GT or RT, just more my style and I'm a function over form guy
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:32 AM   #30
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Blasphemy, I say! What about the Ducati? How about the Aprilia? And did you even forget this year's 600cc Supersport champ, the Buell 1125R?!

Even though the buell is nearly double the cc of the competition it was racing against. It would have been interesting to see some of the suzuki riders on a 750 vs the 1125R just to see what happens.
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