You could say the same for cars, Ferraris, Lamborghinis etc why have so much performance if your only going to drive around on speed limited roads.
I can see the shit hit the fan soon when politicians get some sort of superbike scare brought up by minority groups & the try to cut the performace of these "killing machines" just to gain some votes.
We had this sort of thing happen in Australia in the 70's when car manufacturers where producing modified "homologation" specials to go "production car" racing. Cars that had big motors in small cars etc. Car companies got a scare & stopped producing them. We are only just recently getting back to some real performance cars you can get off the showroom floor because of it.
Gives me wood, but i'll still outride my friends that have R1's in the twisties! :mrgreen:
Shit, I still find it hard for me to push my R6 to it's limits time and time again on the street. My insurance is also cheaper!
It has to put out more than 150 at the wheel. My boyfriend's 2001 GSX-R1000 stock put out 155 at the wheel. Figure about a 10% difference in crank, and wheel. So, the new R1 probably puts out 160-165 at the wheel.
Now imagine that with a can, and a power commander!!!