I totally agree. Ultimate performance is a combination of many things, one of the biggest being the rider.
I'm also not saying that everyone should buy litrebikes, or that one type of bike is "better" than another.
My point is very basic: peak engine torque values alone aren't very useful for determining comparative performance. As was shown, a bike with lower absolute engine torque values may in fact put more torque to the wheel because of the ability to deliver that torque at high revs.
Re: Is Motorcycle Online going to change its name to Cruiser Online?
Sorry guys I'm with KPaul on this one.....
I'm not really complaining too much because MO has pretty good sportbike reviews when they occur. Anyhoo....
IMHO, reviews on cruisers (despite the fact that they are the majority of the market) are redundant because cruisers are purchased based almost exclusively for subjective reasons. No matter what any review says most buyers are going to buy the one they want regardless.
Plus, there's no real engineering contest in the cruiser department. The efforts at making things lighter---more powerful---faster---better are all in the hi-po sportbike realm. The latest & greatest cruiser is still a cruiser-----the lastest and greatest sportbike is the pinnacle of consumer-grade motorcycle engineering. It's just more intruiging reading.
03 civic hybreds can be had for 17k off the lot. Test drove one today, the wife liked it and it looks like a normal car. Then I headed over to subi and drove a WRX, sat in a STI and a Mazda RX8. Too much fun to be had for 30k this year...
Yes you are right. Harley has what no other has: the brand name.
But where the market has profoundly switched is that H-D has lost the grunt leadership.
If you look at the car market, the BMW and Merc are on top because they have systematically strived to have the best V-8:s, V-12:s, the power and technological leadership. Unassailable leadership of RR, Bentley, Jaguar, Cadillac and other prestige makes was demolished.
Yes there are the hard core H-D people who will not change. But the middle ground, where the battle is fought, the tide is turning.
I have a fatso, and I am quite happy if not overwhelmed with it. But when I look at the torq & hp figures, its clear next one will not be a H-D. I have some ****** brains.
Nothing circular about it. Why should someone who only rides in the city care about the ability to carve a canyon? Why would someone who largely rides the Interstate want a twitchy flywheel-effect free torture rack? It makes no sense.
Do you own a car? If so then I hope it is a Porsche TurboCarrera. Anything else is crap, right?
Why do you insist on comparing apples and oranges? You should criticize Cessna because their light communter planes won't travel at twice the sound speed of sound.