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I think the long swing arms look cheap and look flimsey. The standard wheelbase looks perfect.
But i understand wanting to mod a bike as im always doing it.
Its just odd to us in the uk. Not as much interest in straight line action here.
I don't like the look of the arm either compared to the factory one, but its function over form here. The H2 is by far the hardest bike I have ever ridden in terms of acceleration. I have been on every 1000cc bike out there, Hayabusa, zx14r, and even rode a 380whp Turbo Hayabusa and the H2 its just wild. Even with the stretch the bike still easily wheelies, and is a challenge to ride. The H2 needs a swingarm in order to fully utilize the response of the supercharger. Without it, you will either have to play with the throttle for a couple gears, or gear it stupid tall. Not exciting.
There are quite a few reasons... especially the accessibility of that type of racing. Between cost, venues, time on track, crashing, etc... it's cheaper and a LOT of fun in the right environment. Plus, he's -making- money in competition & breaking records on that bike; most explanations would stop there.
But I guess a bigger point to make here is: what makes you think the bike is ruined? It still does everything it used to do, it just takes a little more room to turn it... perhaps you won't win the Deal's Gap Poseur Trophy or the Canyon to Starbucks TT with that wheelbase, but it's still pretty damn enjoyable on the road. :) Once upon a time I used to belong to that "oh, more swingarm = ruined crowd"... but then started touring on a bike that weighs 650+ lbs and has a 60" wheelbase... and I have no problem with any sane pace on any road with pretty much any bike.... and there are lots and lots of guys faster than me around. Fact is, a competent rider can hustle a long bike (within reason) a helluva lot faster than surface road conditions or any law allow; you'd be shocked if you ever saw someone do it. ;)
Nailed it!!! I would suggest to the others grabbing a ruler and measuring out say 6", and then say because a tire is moved back that small amount that handling becomes completely ruined when it doesn't. Sure like you said it wont break records, but you can still have a blast on the back roads. The big thing is ride height. So long as you don't slam it and use a fat tire, the bike still works great. I don't need to push the corners any harder on the street
Don't hold your breath on 7's. Gadsen could not get an H2r in the 7's with Kawasaki's help.
Since this post the record is now 8.05 at 177mph. Trust me 2017 we will see an H2 in the 7's. Gadson also started off with a bike that was completely brand new. You didn't see someone take a Hayabusa in 1999 go out and run 7's when it first came out. Now 7's are easy peasy with them.
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