Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
Okay, then, what does "real world" mean?
The only place the top speed of these bikes are legally and quasi-safely explored is on the racetrack, and for that, you take the mirrors off (in fact, you HAVE to take the mirrors off for all racing and most track-day events in order to pass tech inspection). For that case, removing the mirrors is entirely realistic. Having the mirrors off is not relevant for street riding ... but neither are speeds above 80 mph (which is the highest posted highway speed limit anywhere in North America) and for that, the aerodynamics hardly matter.
Regarding the windshield, I'm quite sure that with average North American riders, the ZX10R and GSXR1K in particular will be more aerodynamic with a taller windshield; it's impossible to even come close to tucking behind the stock one. But then you're not comparing stock-for-stock any more.
The Hayabusa is very well designed when it comes to aerodynamics. Suzuki got it right 7 years ago when they designed that. What's the problem with this?
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!