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Lets keep things in perspective here

Kawasaki doesn't try to go after the customers who want not what they need or can use, but what the magazines are pushing that season. Kawasaki's sportbikes may not be the absolute best for cutting laps, but they are superb all round use streetbikes. Whether that is a characteristic that you like or not is upto you. But If Kawasakis are such dogs, why do they keep selling well?

A good rider on a ZX-6 will thrash a mediocre one on a Gixxer 1000. So instead of judging a machine too harshly for not being the fastest, lightest thing on the market, people should instead evaluate their own abilities.
 

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the ZX-12R is THE most powerful bike in the world.

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The ZX12 is not old styling or technology wise. The motor was designed to beat the Hayabusa, and would have, had Kawasaki not had to throw the fight.
The motor DID beat the Hayabusa's. The ZX-12R has the most powerful engine of any production motorcycle in the world, and ZX-12Rs consistently dyno higher than the Hayabusa. The top speed thing is too murky to call. Early ZX-12s were mysteriously down on speed, following as they did so close on the heels of the top speed speed fiasco. But later bikes are more or less equal in speed/acceleration etc with the Hayabusa. The Busa's better aerodynamics offset the ZX-12R's power advantage and superior ram air system.

Anyway, the top speed thing is academic. The ZX-12R equals the Busa for straightline speeds, and out handles it courtsey of the 2 inch shorter wheel base, and steep steering geometery. However, it requires more skill to ride fast because the monocoque frame is too stiff and runs contrary to the new concept of "designed-in frame flex for better feedback and communication". The steering geometry and frame stiffness has been altered with the 2002 model to tackle this problem.

What's the point of all this? quite simply this: there is a lot more to bikes than magazine tell you or CAN tell you. They do what they must to sell issues at the newstand. Sometimes they are just plain biased or prejudiced (even MO can be accused of that). If you buy bikes and judge bikes based mostly on what the magazines are saying, you're just not very smart. If the magazines were worthy of being treated as gospel, nobody would buy BMWs, Ninjas, Ducatis, Buells, Triumphs.
 
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