since you are all to lazy to learn german :roll: here's what I've posted on bikeland.org
well here is the link:
I can't compare this to other recent test, my subscription ran from 1980 until 1995.
Compared to the ZX9R it has a very good seating position as long as you like it sporty, contact with the bike is very good.
They have dynotested it at 166PS and mentioned that it was a class record, the same with the roll on figures, they mention that it is the quickest roadbike they have ever tested so don't start telling me that your Gixxerwhatever is quicker, I am only the messenger.
They have a top speed of 288 km/h under rainy conditions and mentioned that they will test this later under ideal conditions.
They are very very postive about the handling, it gives a lot of feedback.As for stability they mention that they would like a steering damper but more for psychological reasons. Compared to the recent Blade and R1 (recent as in '03 Blade/R1) it is much better in this sense.
No mentioning of a bad gearbox selection. Only minors were bad wind protection and stiff suspension for road use.
They end the test with: Live can be so green.
Even to me it reads more like an add then a roadtest, and remember we are talking about Motorrad. They more or less prompted Honda to change the steering head on the '02 Blade and made it clear to Kawasaki they had a problem with the ZX9R, after which KHI decided to put an extra mounting point on the 9 engine to cure this.
:D :D :D
as for the dynotest, it would have been better if they test a Gixxer alongside, but hey then they wouldn't have enough copy for one their future tests
as for a COC on European bikes :?: Well they test them so there is no need to do extra testing in each different country, but that doesn't have anything to do with Motorrad not mentioning a topspeed figure in the data, they mention it in the test. Simply because they have done most of the road test in Italy or France (what they usually do in winter btw) and probably didn't have the opportunity to do a decent speed test.