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dealing in degrees I guess (when it comes to ugliness/relative improvement)....

Just wondering if it's somehow a prerequisite for a hyperbike to be so God forsakenly ugly (the sight of it and the Busa instantly makes me want to hurl......) Does ugly = aerodynamic I wonder?
 

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Headlights definitely improved. I assume full electronics package with TC and ABS. Quick shifter makes sense too on a bike that people buy for 1/4 mile times.
 

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Still looks like a wave runner, will look better on the Concours!
 

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The gaping maw might indicate tuning changes to raise power a few ticks above the 'busa . I believe the old model's HP was electronically limited in the lower gears , so this restriction may be removed .
 

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600 pound Butt Plug in the Bendy Bits...
 

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CW is reporting that Ricky Gadson saw the new 1441cc bruiser produce 191 HP at the wheel . The bike also has KTRC traction/wheelie control , slipper clutch , and forged wheels . Unfortunately weight has increased by 17 pounds but the added torque should make up for this . Woosh .
 

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I would probably never buy one , but there is something appealing about these express trains ; not only the unbridled torque and HP with comfy ergos , but the fact that at least 2 companies are still willing to push the limits ... of insanity ! They're fun .
 

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At some point I want one of those, or a Hayabusa, or (probably) a Blackbird.

If the average sport bike is on the Caterham Superlight R end of the scale these things are the Porsche Panamera to that and sometimes - realistically for me almost all the time - that's exactly what one needs.
 

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At some point I want one of those, or a Hayabusa, or (probably) a Blackbird.

If the average sport bike is on the Caterham Superlight R end of the scale these things are the Porsche Panamera to that and sometimes - realistically for me almost all the time - that's exactly what one needs.
+1

I've owned a Busa and it did it all. It's comfortable for a passenger, it's fast and you can pretty much put any "Ricky Racer" wannabe in place on the highway. They're torque monsters.

My favorite is the ZX-12R though. That was a pretty good handling package too.
 

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... just enough to allow your sbk anachronism to catch up !:D
Mercy professor... you forgot to mention:

4 Isle of Man TT F1 titles...
3 Isle of Man Senior titles...
3 World Endurance Championships...
5 Suzuka 8 Hour wins...
2 AMA Superbike Championship...
2 Daytona 200 wins...
2 Australian Superbike Championships...
1 Macau Grand Prix...
1 Ulster Grand Prix
1 24 Hours of Lemans
4 NorthWest 200 Titles
 

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You're replying to me NOW , after three months ?! Brain cells not responding , like the front end of an RC45 ? You old coot . ;)
Feel lucky I'd even take the time NOW... and who are you calling old???
you're no spring chicken yourself... one test hop and you'll think Mr.RC45's
front end is digital whereas your RC51 would start feeling analog...

Quote Nicky Hayden...
"It's awesome. the RC45 is so stable and it's so easy to feel the
front."

Quote Performance Bikes...
"Confidence is a big chuck of what makes the RC45 excellent. It feels
so super glued to the road it'd take a full time Gorilla on the gas to
fatally unstick it. and the RC45 gives that confidence without
asking-on the others (as with the Guzzi) you have to go looking for
it. For a homologated racer on the road, the RC45 is incredibly
civilised"
 

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Dawg.....


T&B, T&B, T&B!
 
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