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Old 10-20-2011, 08:55 AM   #1
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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Despite the BMW claiming the most power by a mile among the liter bikes in street form, it didn’t seem to result in WSB victories this year. Haslam and Badovini have had some success with the bike, but they certainly don’t dominate despite having the talent to do so with a bike that dominated in power. Checa, Biaggi, Melandri, and Laverty took ‘em to school. I’m not sure minor changes will make much difference, though years of experience with the bike and chassis might. If I recall the MO test, you guys found it to be somewhat faster on the track than the competition. I guess power isn't everything, Kawasaki is a no show in WSB despite competitive power.
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Melandri is moving over this year so they are stacking the deck. Should be another great season.
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"Power" per se has become meaningless. The only thing that matters now is how well the control systems can manage it. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

BMW is running a special where you can ride an S1000 for 48 months for $199/month, with a $6500 balloon payment at the end of the term. Tempting...very tempting.
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It's got heated grips, You'll be needing those in Flarida...
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It's got heated grips, You'll be needing those in Flarida...
Unless it comes with a 48-month prescription for Vicodin, there's no way I can seriously consider one. My RA is too far along to ride a real sportbike.
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Unless it comes with a 48-month prescription for Vicodin, there's no way I can seriously consider one. My RA is too far along to ride a real sportbike.

Yeah, I don't even consider sportbikes anymore myself. I'm way too big and they're way too small. besides that's not the type of riding I do anyway, I just thought it was funny that only BMW would make a full-on sportbike and stick heated grips on it.
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Them kangaroo gloves are pretty thin, this year's WSB at Miller with a brisk 44 degree high, they probably would of felt pretty good, granted if they were still on the bike...
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:40 PM   #9
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"Power" per se has become meaningless. The only thing that matters now is how well the control systems can manage it. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

BMW is running a special where you can ride an S1000 for 48 months for $199/month, with a $6500 balloon payment at the end of the term. Tempting...very tempting.
Fuggedaboudit! You are way too practical to ever get one of these. Might I recommend a Yamaha TW200? The optional milk crate for a rear trunk would be an awesome accessory!
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Despite the BMW claiming the most power by a mile among the liter bikes in street form, it didn’t seem to result in WSB victories this year. Haslam and Badovini have had some success with the bike, but they certainly don’t dominate despite having the talent to do so with a bike that dominated in power. Checa, Biaggi, Melandri, and Laverty took ‘em to school. I’m not sure minor changes will make much difference, though years of experience with the bike and chassis might. If I recall the MO test, you guys found it to be somewhat faster on the track than the competition. I guess power isn't everything, Kawasaki is a no show in WSB despite competitive power.
There's a lot more to a fast racebike than just power. And the Kawi actually did quite well in the last few races of the season. A few times there were six different brands qualified in the top six, so the series is obviously competitive.

The new RR is quite impressive to ride - not like an all-new bike impressive, but it's a sweet ride that is more cooperative and obedient than before. The dominant impression from the RR's launch is the enthusiasm of the BMW engineers for sportbikes. Several of them are as fast as fark, and they really care about developing the best sportbike on the market. More later!
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