Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
When accelerating, longer wheelbase favors the bike taking off for the horizon instead of the front wheel taking off for the sky.
Longer wheelbase will slow down the steering slightly.
The extra effective swingarm length will slightly change the equivalent suspension preload and damping settings (because the wheel now has a little more leverage against the shock).
Since the center of gravity stays in (roughly) the same location, moving the rear wheel back shifts overall weight distribution a little bit forward.
The heavier chain will act like more of a vibration damper between the engine and the rear wheel.
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!