Average 600 Squids
What we are talking about here are average riders out on the street from light to light, not at the drag strip where the story would be very different. The Buells are sold as street bikes not strip or race bikes, and on the street torque is a very powerful weapon.
seruzawa is right, most of the 600 sport bikes you see out there have Squids on them that don't know how to launch their bike off the line. What the magazines don't tell them is you have to have everything just right, the right revs, the right clutch release all in balance to get that 0-60 in 3 seconds flat. Most of them sit there with the bike at idle or they are reving the bike up and down through the rev range and who knows what RPM the bike will launch at when the light turns green.
Also, they don't hear the Buell revving up and probably assume I am going to do a slow take off since they assume it must have to be revved up for a hard take off.
What it all adds up to and I've run up against more then just two at a light is the fact the average 600 Squid is NOT going to launch his 600 sport bike anywhere near as hard as it could be.
Like I said in my log earlier when I ran up against that old 750 Ninja it was very close. The guy revved the bike up to the right RPM and held it there. Then launched nice and hard. He's the only guy I have run up against with a 750 or smaller bike that did it right. And Im sure the story would have been different had he been on a new GSX-R 750 instead of his old worn out Kawasaki 750. Im also sure sooner or later I will run up against a rider on a new 600 sport bike that will do everything right.