Superbike Smackdown VI
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Its great everyone is so passionate about the GSX-R. Love it or hate it the bike does get you fired up one way or another doesnt it? I personally cannot wait to get my hands on that bike in just 4 days for the start of Superbike Smackdown VI. Can you believe it has been that many years? I would like to recap the Smackdown winners in order: '04 Ninja ZX-10R,
Defending champion: CBR1000RR
Is this the face of a new champion?
'05-'06-'07 GSX-R1000, '08 CBR1000RR, 2009: TBD. That damn GSX-R has been a thorn in every OEM's side for the better part of the last half decade and it's all new now so if there's one thing we are sure of is that this is going to be a bad-ass comparison test. Factor in the ZX-10 lost to the CBR last year by a wee-bit and that we had tight tracks that could've skewed the results on these beasts last year and suddenly there are two contenders already. This year we have 3 new bikes and we've got both Thunderhill and Infineon scheduled for test facilities during Smackdown VI - so the bikes should be able to flex some muscle this time. Add into the mix the new Yamaha R1 which already won the MCN comparo and Spies has been kicking butt on along with the bigger 1198 which was impressive as the 1098 last year - and this test is getting seriously entertaining. I hope you guys dont waste all your banter on just the Gixxer here because you are going to have a lot to talk about very soon.
We would like to know a few things if you care to share: What do you want to know about the bikes that we could try to incorporate into this test? I tried having stunt riders in '07 and everyone went crazy and called me a moron for doing it (But you have to admit the pictures were cool)...Anyway - at least I swung the bat and tried something different so to all you whine bags, you know what to do and where to put it. To all you believers though - come on, tell us what else we can do to make this the sickest test in the history of liter-bike shootouts.
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