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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2007, 6:38 pm Thread Starter
 
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Anyone read the NEW Road racing world 1000cc shootout?

All the 1000's were in it tested by professional racers ect.

1098
Gsxr 1000
R1
Cbr 100rr
Mv Agusta
Kawasaki zx10

They claimed the 999 handled better and the 1098s was to soft.

The 1098 was the lightest bike tested
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2007, 8:13 pm
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All the 1000's were in it tested by professional racers ect.

1098
Gsxr 1000
R1
Cbr 100rr
Mv Agusta
Kawasaki zx10

They claimed the 999 handled better and the 1098s was to soft.

The 1098 was the lightest bike tested
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Not only are those comparos stupid, but they are meaningless. Too soft??? Then get some heavier springs. Geez.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2007, 11:16 pm
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Thats strange. Doug Polen (I think he was a racer or something) said in Motorcyclist that the 1098 was too hard. He couldn't ride it as fast as the 999.
Who knows the real story???
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The guy weighed 150 lbs so yes the 1098 was sprung to stiff. Ducati realized that most people that ride bikes weigh in a little more than 150 lbs these days specialy in the USA. The last time I weighed 150 lbs was when I was 19 years old. One of the problems that the 999 had for the consumer was it was sprung too soft so we all needed to have the rear shock resprung with heavier springs.
I read the artical too and it was just so much Bla Bla Bla. Tests like these are crap at best because the bikes are never set up correctly for the test rider. There is always this time pressure issue so the bikes are set up half ass at best. From what I understand the 1098 is set up better than the 999 out of the showroom for 180 to 200 lbs riders, of which I am one. I will find out for myself when my Yellow shows up.

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Wouldn't it make sense on some level if, when you buy a $15,000+ motorcycle, that the dealer install the appropriate springs in it for your weight? Seriously, my bike was basically unridable with it's stock rear spring (it was the correct spring for a 140 to 150 lb rider- Who the fu*k weighs 145lbs?).
If they started to do that, I might begin to believe that the price in some small way is justified.
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+1 on that!!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2007, 1:49 am
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But, if they did something sensible like that, they might have to think about throwing in things like a rear hugger too!

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