I guess it's about time I looked into getting myself a literbiker. After all, literbikes now rev higher than my 600. It wasn't so bad when it was just the newer 600's revving higher, but then the 750's went higher, and now the 1000's can do it. I'm starting to realize just how old the technology is in my engine... And to think that there was a time when I thought that a 12,000 RPM redline was high.
"Remember: it's always easier to do things the hard way." Chango
PLUS, DID YOUR RIDE PAST ANY *****EZ? DID THEY LIKE IT? HOW IS THE PASSENGER SEAT FOR A GIRL IN A STRING BIKINI? CAN MY MOM COSIGN A LOAN ON ONE? AND HOW LONG BEFORE MY COUSINZ BUY SOME SO I CAN HAVE ONE TOO?
AND FINALLY, HOW HARD IS IT FOR DISEMBODIED BRAINZ TO RIDE?
It was the anticipation of this test that caused me to renew my subscription with MO, thanks guys. One question though, could you be a bit more specific about what was going on with the clutch. Was it shifting by itself? At any rate, my deposit is already down for a green one.
Nice job on the test. Good that you went to the track first, 'cause these things don't really get a chance to stretch their legs on the street. From this review and the "first ride" reports that I've seen on the Honda, I think that the era of the GSXR is officially over. (Had to say that to inspire the die hard Gixxer fans.)
It looks like the sportbikes are all going to be too small for riders over 6ft to ride on a day-in day-out basis at this rate. I guess it's inevitable if the goal is to have the bikes race oriented. Still it looks like the new Ksaki simply will be too cramped since the current batch of 600s already are so.
P.S. Sean... does the claimed dry weight of 170Kg seem at all accurate or is it the usual Big4 weight fiction?
You know, with the current state of technology, we ought to be able to find a way to patch his brain into a motorcycle. Just think of the weight advantage he would have without all those excess body parts to carry around.
Gabe and I are currently working on gettin MR. ALLCAPS back on two wheels. Gabe (the smart one) is getting bretty close with his brain/bike interface on his kitted 70cc Derbi mini motard. MO will have story and pics soon.
I'll update the text when I get to MO today. To answer your question though... Yes, like the ZX-6R before it, the 10R seems very close (when you figure the weight of a battery, oil, fuel, grease, air in the tires etc...) to Kawi's weight claim. (Remember the 6R was a feathery 416Lbs with a full tank of gas, when MO weighed it last March)
-After writing this answer, perhaps I'll just cut-n-paste it into the story.-Sean
My friends and I all checked it out pretty well at the Seattle show, I'm 6ft 300lbs. and it's definately tight but it "seemed" to have more room than the GSXR. Not overly uncomfortable but then that's just sitting on it and bouncing around for five minutes, riding it would I'm sure be another story
The most cramped bike there was the XB12 Firebolt. The Lightning was pretty comfy like most other sport standards, and would be on my short list of 15 or 20 bikes I'd like to have.
Yeah, they are getting smaller and faster. My ZX9 fits me pretty good, and sitting on the newer bikes shows me just how good it does fit. The only bikes that have my attention are the ZX12 or Busa. If I got another to replace the 9 it would be one of those.
I found the CBR954 to be just barely acceptable for any sort of decent riding distances. (my daily 85 mile commute for instance.) I can't imagine anything smaller being worth spending the money on since there's no track around here to take it to.
Too bad they don't make a bike about the size/comfort of an FJR1200 with all the modern technological gizmos incorporated.
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