Originally Posted by lenz
over the V twin which seems close to fully exploited.
I totally agree with you on 'no politics.' Keep the displacement equal, regardless of configuration. The 749s aren't hanging in supersport, even with the advantage. But Bayliss seems to have found a little magic left in that skinny little twin he's riding, and none of the inline-fours are pulling him in the straights, either.
I must admit, with a 996 v-twin as my first 2-banger... it often leaves me scratching my head. I KNOW WELL what the turbo rush of FZ1s, FJRs, 600RRs and R1s feel like, and the Duc doesn't give that feeling... but when I'm out riding with them... they just don't pull away. One day, I was out on the ST4S with a ZZR1200, an FZ1 and an ST1300. In the twisty bits, nothing leaves the Duc. I figure, "this is her strong point." She exits a corner with everything she's got... no turbo-lag. But when we hit an airstrip-straight piece of road that runs between lead mines in the middle of nowhere, I was expecting to be left tooling with the ST1300, as I'm accustomed with the FJR. This crazy Italian hung pretty well with the ZZR... with buddy on the FZ1 in full tuck in the rear views. Including the big mine-road sweepers, the GPS said our average speed for that 20 minutes was 143mph-actual. Still scratching my head over that one.
I'm an ultimate horsepower junkie, but these little twins DO have their charm.