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Old 11-29-2006, 01:06 PM   #21
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IMHO, I think the twins are easier to ride fast BECAUSE of the power band and depending on the track and rider they can compete with the more powerful I-4's. I have definitely become addicted to them............but I still want another Busa:notworthy
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Old 11-29-2006, 02:40 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by TILLA THE KILLA
It's about the rider and preference. There are some members on here that have some Track TL's. Many like them because they have so much torque coming out of the turns wich makes them very competitive.
Just to be clear, the newer I4 1000's have more torque and HP everywhere in the rev range than an RC51 (or TL1000 and SV1000 for that matter). The RC51 was developed to beat the Ducati 998 & 750cc inline 4s back when AMA & World Superbike capped I4s at 750cc but allowed liquid cooled OHC bikes to go up to 1000cc. With the capabilities if the new 600s you'll find that they turn laps quicker than RC51s and older Ducks. Somehow Ducati has kept their 1000cc twin competitive ( it even won World Superbike this year). I would venture to guess they have to rebuild motors about 5 times the rate of an inline 4 due to the abuse that occurs to a high-revving twin.

One thread of truth to the twin thing is that power delivery on an RC51 is VERY linear and thus (like Brutus said) it can be easy to ride fast and can keep you from getting into too much trouble if you're ham-fisted on turn exits.

With all that being said, I own an RC51 and even though it's heavy, under-powered, and hasn't changed a bit since 2002, I won't be selling it anytime soon. It puts a grin on my face like no other bike I've owned or ridden.
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Old 11-29-2006, 04:27 PM   #23
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With all that being said, I own an RC51 and even though it's heavy, under-powered, and hasn't changed a bit since 2002, I won't be selling it anytime soon. It puts a grin on my face like no other bike I've owned or ridden.
And then you buy a Duc................and quit riding the RC51:laughing6
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Old 11-29-2006, 04:32 PM   #24
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The biggest difference is in the power delivery to the ground. There is a slightly longer duration between "power pulses" being applied to the tire as opposed to the inlines, allowing the tire to re-establish traction between each pulse.

Or so I read somewhere.......
You should have that looked at....
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:50 AM   #25
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