The Euros also get a "Rossi-designed" paint job on the R6. You might consider them lucky to the extent that you like Keith Haring-esque celestial objects plastered across your supersport. You might also consider the Euros lucky that they can have a painted chick flashing her high beams at a bike show without the media falling all over themselves in self-righteous hypocrisy.
I first posted this on another forum and apoligize if you already read it . But it fit's here better .
After reading the "2004 Open Class Shootout"(Great job by the way guy's ) my vote is for a bike not yet built , but should be. The '04 R1 , this bike is even more beautiful "Stripped" (ie without fairing )
It's just screaming for a "Bikini" ( fairing ) to show off that gourgeous engine and chassis.
HOW ABOUT IT YAMAHA ?
Your "Supermodel" showed her ( '04 R1 ) "Stunning Looks" in the evening gown contest , proved her ability in the talent
( Performance ) contest . Now we all want to see her in the bikini ( Fairing ) contest.
This is right on the " Pulse " of the market that is ready to increase by the "Thousands " , with all the street fighter bikes being built around the world . Not to mention the
" Sport Enthusiasts " like myself .
Sportbikes are great but after riding for a few hours going to the chiropracter just to walk upright again is not much fun. Now a '04 R1 with FZ1 type bars and fairing ( with R1 lines of course ) is the perfect alternative. Of course I understand you would need to take the standard 10-15 hp off the top and add 5-10 ft lbs of torque peaking about 1000 rpms lower than the R1 and drop the gear ratio's about 10-20 percent(Limit speed to 155?) ,this is fine , as long as the rest comes through "Untouched" .
My first "High Performance Motorcycle " was a YAMAHA in fact it was in 1973(I was 10) a YZ80 at the time it was the highest performing motorcycle in it's class and I loved it .
I know you are launching new models at this time (sept. '04) and this might have to wait . However I am very confident that if you "Mocked Up" an example of the Motorcycle described here and were to put it to a vote you would recieve "Thousands of "YES BUILD IT" replies.
We all know there is a market for "Big V-Twins" and not to take away from it , but there are just as many if not more of us waiting for a "Super Naked Bike". This motorcycle would be the highest performing mass produced "Super Naked" in the world.
So how about it YAMAHA ? Back in 2001 a "Naked bike that performed 7/10s of a "Superbike" was a
viable alternative . Now (2004 ) , 7/10s is not really up to the task of fullfilling the needs of true "Sport Enthusiasts" we are looking for at least 9/10s the perfomance without the committed riding position that "Superbikes" demand .
Thank you for time
Sincerely, A Future Customer
So what do you think fellow MOrons? check out the "Naked" chassis pictures and see what I mean about the clean motor etc. of the R1 as compared to the other "Open Class Bikes " a few wires and cables rerouted and it will look excellent. Just removing the fairing it still looks cleaner than most "Nakeds" that were designed that way ! Not all of us just want "Torque " besides it makes more than enough already imagine gearing it down 10-20 percent.
Its not a threat to the Tuono: The tuono is perfectly modern fugu, razor sharp, overpowered, superbike goodness with the fairing ripped off...
The Buell is "something different" which the owners obsess over and others can't understand. They combine a razor sharp chassis with a tractor-engine. Buell faithfull will generally remain faithful. Those not faithfull will probably choose something else after a demo ride.
Even IF Yamaha brings in the MT, they will probably do the FJR marketing thing, ie - as customer unfriendly as possible without actually declaring the customer as enemy.
I feel better now!
The comments that the MT is "no Buell or Tuono" seems to me to be assuming that the MT is on the same mission as the Buell and Tuono. While there is plenty of misson overlap, I think the Buell and Tuono are not necessarily on the exact same mission. The Buell is obviously more narrowly focused for tighter, "smaller" roads - my personal fav roads to ride. You know, the ones that follow the contour of the land - old "farm to market" roads. The type of roads that seem to belong to another country and time - the type of road where you just might round a corner and find Captain Hastings, elbows flailing akimbo attempting to keep that chain driven tranny of that Frazer-Nash in gear while Priot is holding onto his dove gray bowler hat for dear life...ooops. Let me turn PBS off. Now that is better, too.
The Tuono can do those lovely pocket roads well, but can also excel on the more open roads where the Buell gets a bit breathless.
As for looks MT vs Tuono - guess I'll just wait until I can see them both in the flesh. After all - photographs are 2-D representations of 3-D object. It is NOT possible to convert a 3-d object down to 2 without some level of perception distortion. (let the games begin - and I have better things to do than discuss that subject more).
As to the MT's mission: guess I'll have to wait for the testers to test and opine. I'd love to see Burns do a feature for CW on this one. Maybe a week in NW France aboard the MT? Hey, Burns could practice up on his conversational Provencal!!
My initial take is that the MT is on a more Tuono/Relaxed mission that anything else. Perhaps the MT is the comeback to the disappointing (Euro only) Yam Bulldog. We shall see.
No, it's not a Tuono, nothing like it at all. As one of those wierdo's that doesn't like supersport bikes or cruisers though, both bikes appeal to me. Just visualizing the ride (of a bike I have only seen pictures of) I anticipate there being a massively different feel between the two bikes.
I applaud yamaha, doing something different and having a little substance. How freaking boring was the new models for most the other big 4? "Our GBRXXRR 1000 now has 180hp and dropped 8lbs" So what? Do something new, make me sit at my computer bikeless and dream about a new ride.
Then again, I curse Yamaha. How dare you not bring this bike over. Bastards. Maybe I should blame all the supersport squids and cruiser types here in the states buying the wrong bikes. It seems that all the advertising and dealer pressure pushes to these two sorts of bikes though, so it is not suprising that they can't sell anything else over here.
Note that the air-cooled Buell meets new emission standards without a catalytic converter. A function of the higher operating temperature?
You can make a good street machine out of a GSXR is you mount higher wider handlebars, lower the pegs, drop the countershaft sprocket a tooth..... hey wait a second, don't we already call this a Speed Triple?