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Exactly right! It's all about comfort in the end; If, over a given route, my bikes best speed is in my comfort zone but not in my friends comfort zone I'll win.
 

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I had some of the same kind of experiences on a Bandit 600. The speeds were a lot lower, and my skill level is a whole lot lower, but in the right kind of twisties, a bike like that is perfect. Flattening out the hero blobs just adds to the entertainment value.
 

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Real World Bikes

I actually enjoyed your write-up on the bulldog. I have to agree that the spec sheet is not the only thing that counts. In my book real world use matters most.

Keep up the good work, I'd like to see more reviews of unique bikes. The same old 600, Vtwin, open class shootouts that EVERY magazine reviews EVERY year gets really old.

I just sold my ZX7-RR and bought a R1150R partly on your recent review. It's a great bike for all around riding and surprisingly quick in the twisties. Oh, and I can ride it for more than 30 minutes without pain.
 

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Bravo !

I just traded a 110hp bike for one w/ abt 80 and have no regrets. Our lust for powerful bikes have netted us a very raceworthy (& HI Tech) but not very roadworthy crop of sport oriented bikes. Let the Bulldog stand on its own merits as a real world alternative and it will shine. When does it come to the US?
 

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A big factor in considering a m/c buy is cost of insurance. Many insurance companies, including mine, charge by displacement rather than category. So this 60HP bike costs as much or more to insure than most superbikes on the market! That would absolutely kill the deal, even if I liked the bike. Until insurancers start using something useful, like HP/wt, then we'll have this crappy situation.

Ivy Thomas

Portland OR

'88 NT650 Hawk

 

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Bulldog weight: 505 lbs. dry.
Avg. CBR-GSXR-R1 weight: 442 lbs. wet.

Bulldog rear-wheel power: 57 hp.
Avg. CBR-GSXR-R1 rear-wheel power: 139 hp.

Mr. Schvetz whipped the local squids even though his bike was some 70 lbs. heavier and 80 HP weaker. Moreover, he did this on a road which the squids knew well but which he had never seen before!

First I'm going to track school... then I'm getting a Bulldog :)
 

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Where's the video?!?!?!

You mean to tell me that you waxed a bunch of rockets on your Bulldog and you didn't tape it? I can't believe this.......If you're going to be engaging in these kinds of shenanighans, keep a mini DVcam duct taped to your frickin' tank and give us something to watch. Will someone tell me what I pay you people for? Throw me a frickin' bone here......
 

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I had the oppurtunity to use my friend's Transalp 650 (a adventure tourer -like Aprilia Capanord- with Hawk GT's engine) from Istanbul to a resort town called Sile right by the Black Sea. It is a twisty and slippery 65 mph max. road with blind crests but I loved doing it on a Transalp. I had travelled there before on my old 97 ZX-7R and it wasn't fun at all. With the Transalp, I was able to get on gas without fear of highsides, slides or worry about being in the right gear. The torquey twin would just carry me through the corner effortlessly while the long travel suspension soaked up the worst off the bumps and potholes. The front end dive under brakes was a bit weird at first but I got used to it and never thought about it afterwards. The upright sitting position and comfy seat also worked for me in this unfamiliar road, keeping me from getting tense as I would (and had) on a race rep. I ended up arriving in Sile fresh and ready for more. This wasn't the case with my old 7R and I believe same would go for my current bike, a 2000 ZX-6R.



I don't understand why most magazines and riders scoof at machines like the Transalp ("dull and underpowered") or the Bulldog. In the real world these machines are much more capable and almost as fast as (and at times faster than) sportsbikes.
 

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That's ridiculous!!!

And if the guys on the rockets weren't racing? They might be just travelling.

And if the ninja guys were begginers and couldn't go faster because they were afraid?

This is not a comparative test.

And, of course, in a downhill brakes are more important than motor, even a guy in skates can reach 60 mph going down!

Ok, it's more confortable, it's nicer, it's cool, it's torquey, it's more beautiful, it's easier, it's a pleasure to ride, it's safer, it makes coffe. But faster than a R1??
 

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Squids rock!

I really love the squid attitude, if it 'aint laying down 130 ponies then it's just a piece of crap!

My favorite part is when I show up at our local bike night on my beaten up old sportster (yes I own other bikes, but I like riding this one) and park next to all those 'busa's, R1's, 998's etc and watch and listen to all those handsome tall men in thier finest one piece racing leathers (with untouched knee pads) and custom painted shoei's snorting with derision at the antiquated, 50 horsepower load of ****e that dares to share thier parking lot.

Then after an hour or so of sipping red bulls they all mount up, yoshimuras and supertrapps howling and pull out in one angry swarm of 3 second 0-60's.

But wait! watch them leave, see how few of them have the confidence or riding skills to actually put thier feet on the pedals before the scooter has done 150 yards!!! hmm, wtf?
 

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Anyone who would give up a Husqvarna Supermoto isn't fit to be giving any kind of motorcycle advice to anyone. I have even less respect for your original write-up.



By the way, you can actually buy a new Husky supermoto here in the states... in stark contrast to the Yamaha Bullfrog.
 

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It sounds like a great bike.. and I'm sure a lot of the naysayers from the first articles feedback would be pleasantly surprised if they ever rode it. I never had any qualms w/ the power of my old 81 Virago 750.. and I'm sure it was significantly less than the Bulldog.

But the bulldog looks like a standard and on paper doesn't measure up to it's peers. Since US dealers won't let us take it out to thrash the local squids and find out how great it is, paper stats are all we have to base our buying decision on. Therefore it won't sell. Yamaha, being at least as smart as me :) knows this and won't bring it. too bad.

 

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...and if the reviewer actually had one, where's the MO Supermoto review? They review a bike we can't get here, twice if you count this follow-up, but can't be bothered to review an ultra-cool bike we can get here.



Hey MO, I know you get tons of ride comparo requests, but a Super TT review is long overdue--KTM Duke, Husky Supermoto, MuZ Black Panther, Dowsn't KTM have one by now?, and throw in a 2V Monster for the fun of it.



Mike C

 
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