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The ‘K5’ Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was a revised version of the long-standing Gixxer dynasty, with a stellar totally new chassis, a totally new engine, more power, & less weight than the Model it replaced. With a wet weight of 444 pounds và 147.3 horsepower, it was an instant tốc độ demon. But a decade and a half later it’s surely been beaten as king. I mean, look how far cars have sầu come in 15 years. Leaps & bounds, right?

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Ducati’s Panigale V4 S is certainly one of the highest performance superbikes on the market in 20trăng tròn. It’s got a raucous 1103cc four-cylinder engine producing 186 horsepower khổng lồ the wheel, và over 200 at the crank! It has perhaps the most advanced electronics suite in the world of motorcycles with mind-boggling traction control, torque delivery, and throttle mapping algorithms. The S model is delivered with semi-dynamic Öhlins dampers, và little downforce-inducing winglets on the bodywork, so it’s practically race ready. Weighing in at 430 pounds wet, the Duc is pretty significantly lighter & more powerful than the Suzuki.

So it should be way faster, right?

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With the Suzuki riding on the same tires as the Ducati it was faster on traông xã. Somehow, even taking different rider talent out of the equation by putting both riders on both bikes, the GSX-R was always faster than the newer, more expensive sầu, and ostensibly faster Ducati. How the hell does that happen?

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As a self-described sports car & motorcycle purist, I’d like to believe sầu that the advanced computers can’t hold a candle khổng lồ the processing power of the human brain & our ability lớn feel our way through a corner. Maybe that’s part of it, but maybe there’s a limit to the tốc độ we’re capable of, or willing to, commit to lớn. Zaông chồng và Ari are about as advanced of riders as you’ll find this side of a MotoGPhường track, but perhaps a professional knee dragger could get the max out of the Duc? Perhaps not. We may never know.

In the meantime, I’ll be recommending that everyone save sầu the money và just buy a cheap old Gixxer for traông xã rat use. Not only will the xe đạp be faster, sketchier, and cheaper, but it’ll hurt your wallet a lot less when you inevitably drop the thing trying khổng lồ win your track day. Much lớn Ducati’s chagrin, maybe the 15-year-old bike is actually better.

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