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That story seems to be a big crock. The engineers don't design a bike, build it, and then decide to check the rev-limit by cranking it over and watching the tach.

"Ahhhh, loook, Akira-san, bike rev to sehvunteen-five! Tachometer say so. We make-uh gooood job!

What a bunch of nonsense.

The Remus version sounds way more plausible. If that is indeed the truth, Yamaha probably just niggled with the tach calibration to get the needle to point past 17K. And you're right, they should have just admitted it, but they must have feared it would kill the bike before it was even launched after so much hype.

Well, they're at least doing the right thing now. I doubt many people will be returning them.
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