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Re: I thought the whole idea of the 800 was to slow the bikes down...

Actually Dr. I think you'll find the 865 cc "0" degree vertical twin to be the ideal in performance for it is based on Edwin Turners devine guidence.

True, the Italians have had some small success with the "L" twin and four, and those Godless Heathen Japanese with their inline fours and "V" 5's have had a smattering of success as would any design after you threw enough money at it, but true mecanical excellence resides in the standard vertical twin

No other design need be contemplated, for therein lies madness...........
 

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Re: I thought the whole idea of the 800 was to slow the bikes down...

My first "real" street bike was a '80 750 twin Kawasaki, I rode dirt bikes and enduro's before that. Like this Bonnie, it was the right combination of light weight and decent power application. Unfortunately without the Bonnies excellent handling.

Other than bikes like your GS, ZRX and the 1200 Bandit which are more torquey than most inline 4's I think anything over 900 is a waste anyway. You can never use it on the street to it's full potential so it's just dead weight. Notice how Kawasaki and Triumph are sneaking back up on their 636 and 675's.

Maybe the 750 is going to make a rebirth after all. I'm sure The Great Motorcycle Non-Profit seen that coming as well from his "numerous web sites" where he gets all his knowledge..
 
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