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Old 11-24-2002, 12:39 AM   #11
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Default GSX1400

Well, crazybike_37, its too bad you don't live over here in Japan. You could be riding a new GSX1400 today. But, I don't see many on the road, even though the Japanese are crazy for retro looking bikes. The big Honda CB1300 seems more popular -- it might be the bike Suzuki was aiming at with the 1400.



If you want a Suzuki naked power monster, wait for the Boost King, dude. I saw it last year at the Tokyo Motor Show... It ROCKS!
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Old 11-24-2002, 05:14 AM   #12
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Default How about 5-60?

Hey MO. A few years ago Car and Driver magazine started posting 5-60 times in addition to 0-60 and 1/4 mile.



The difference is that in 5-60 testing no clutch slipping or smoky burnouts are used, just mash the throttle and go. It really gives a nice "real world" number since most of us don't want to fry our clutches at every launch.



So, how about adding that to your numbers? Maybe even do it with/without a passenger?



It would be interesting to see how the different styles of bikes stack up in this kind of test, no?
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Old 11-24-2002, 06:15 AM   #13
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Default Re: Follow up to my query about the GSX1400

"Talk horsepower but drive torque"

Great saying Dave, and oh so true.
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Old 11-24-2002, 08:12 AM   #14
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Default Re: How about 5-60?

Buz, I'm afraid you won't see any bike mags do that kind of test. It would be more than mildly embarassing to see all those fully faired track-style bikes come at the back of the pack.



At least Cycle World won't, unless their masters at Honda, Ltd give the okay.



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Old 11-24-2002, 08:18 AM   #15
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In the first place there is no such thing as a "torque only" bike. And in the second palce you can gear any bike down if you want. The most serious "bat out of hell off the line" street bike I've ever seen is an old 74in stroker ironhead Sportster that an acquaintance of mine built. Shreds everything. V-Maxes, you name it.



Street dragging is about 1/8th mile. 150MPH top speeds are valueless.
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Old 11-24-2002, 09:14 AM   #16
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Default Re: Follow up to my query about the GSX1400

I tried the 919 and was put off by the extremely jerky fuel injection (which none of the main-stream print press mentioned...), the cheap looking and minimal instrumentation and the obvious general lack of quality. A CBR 600 is about the same money, but fit/finish seems worlds better. It also has fully adjustable suspension, complete instrumentation etc etc. In know that someone looking at a 919 would tend not to be cross-shopping with a 600 supersport, but it just seems that the 919 is a half-ars*d effort that could have been sooo much better for just a few dollars more. Or it should be still cheaper.
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Old 11-24-2002, 09:19 AM   #17
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Default Re: How about 5-60?

"CW's "Open Class Bike of the Year", the VFR800. Get real."





You don't like the extra weight and less power?
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Old 11-24-2002, 02:08 PM   #18
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Default Re: Follow up to my query about the GSX1400

Get an FJR or other big-bore of choice. Sit up a bit, get a kick-in-the-pants at lower revs. You can't play Ricky-Racer with a hyperbike every day of the week, at least not at my age.



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Old 11-24-2002, 02:30 PM   #19
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Default Re: Follow up to my query about the GSX1400

BTW, there were at least 1,408 FJRs presold in the US this year, and most of them are already delivered, so, yes, they are here, but unfortunately, they seem to be sold out 'til late '03 or early '04, if early reports can be believed...may not see FJRs on showroom floors for a bit.



I love the hell outta mine...



FJROwners.com and micapeak.com are two popular websites for the recently imported FJR.



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Old 11-24-2002, 04:06 PM   #20
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Default Re: How about 5-60?

Don't forget all the electrical problems as well.
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