Sean I have great respect for your analytical abilities when it comes to differentiating the subtle differences between last years model and this new offering. I would however find it interesting for you or Doug Toland to ride these two back to back, so some sort of quantitative measurement could be made on the advances offered in this new model. It would be even more interesting if you could ride the 2005 and see if you could best Toland on the 04.VWW
Just wait till you read my 636cc ZX-6R review..... hehehehehehehehehe. Here's a hint: The Honda handles slightly better and the ZX-6R is way faster (Kawasaki claims a +9Hp increase for 2005, if the claim is accurate, it'd make a total of 117 AT THE TIRE) All-in-all they are both superb choices, if you ride a lot of twisties or participate in trackdays. -Sean
"I would however find it interesting for you or Doug Toland to ride these two back to back, so some sort of quantitative measurement could be made on the advances offered in this new model. "
That's exactly what I did. I swapped back-n-forth between the two and found that the most notable changes are a stronger pull from mid-rpms and a nicer turn-in when trail-braking. Other than that, the 2004 and 2005 are both quite stable and loads of fun to flog around a racetrack. -Sean
I live in West By God Virginia. The bridges here are even curved. I think the longest straight stretch in the state is 3/4 of a mile...
I wonder... is it a breech of protocol to call it the 636? I know that zx-6r is the prefered nomenclature... but 636 sounds better to me... plus... the Dragon has 318 curves... making the 636... The Double Dragon!
Honda was smart enough not to time any laps. Posting times tends to encourage bike damage when the Journalists GP starts. So... they try to keep the competitve quotient to a minimum at Press Intros. (sometimes it works....sometimes it doesn't -Sean