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2005 Superbike Smackdown II PIR Photo Gallery

2005 Superbike Smackdown II PIR

Photos of the 2005 Superbike Smackdown II Track. 2005 Superbike Smackdown II Track.

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The King of the Hill for 2005, Suzuki's all new GSX-R1000.
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Our 2004 Bike of the Year and winner of last year's Smackdown couldn't hold off the all-new GSX-R.
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Ducati's super-trick superbike the 999R almost had what it takes to defeat the in-lines.
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Kevin Duke looks right at home on the Honda CBR1000RR.
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Becklin took it easy during the moist first sessions of our track time at PIR.
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We couldn't get Ken to give up the GSX-R after his first session.
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We took advantage of the wash-out on day one to get our leaky Ducati fork seal replaced.
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The Yamaha R1 may have come in last but the bike is so beautiful and so close to the others that we felt bad for making it this year's loser.
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Roberti turned his fastest laps on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
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All five test riders in rank-and-file while filming on-bike video. Ken leads the pack into turn 7 on the CBR1000RR.
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This year's MCUSA fantasy football champion almost didn't get to ride in this test, but Korf gave up his seat so Big Mike could ride.
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The Prez sayz... Suzuki takes two in this year's Smackdown!
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Don and the Ducati were attached at the hip until the track dried out.
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You'll find that Duke got a load of photo time while riding the CBR1000.
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Ken chose the '05 Suzuki GSX-R1000 as his pick of the in-line fours.
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Duke Danger is heading right into your lap on the CBR.
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Mike Mitchell won the open class title at PIR on a Yamaha R1 so he was right at home on the '05 R1.
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Roberti puts his head down while logging some hot laps on the Honda with our V-Box system strapped on.
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The front of the new GSX-R is somewhat better looking than it was in 2004. That's in contrast to Shawn, who was probably better looking in '04.
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Roberti bleeds off 100 mph and leans in to Turn 1.
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Ken, BC and Duke run 1-2-3. (I must've been lapping them -KD)
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Becklin does his best to move the Honda up in the ranks by turning his fastest lap on the ebony beast.
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Roberti is all over Becklin as they roll through PIR's scary turn 9.
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The rangy BC actually looks good on the Yamaha R1. Or is it that the R1 looks good despite BC? Either way, it's all good.
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MCUSA factory rider Mike Mitchell turned some seriously fast laps on the Ducati 999R.
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Despite turning his fastest laps on the Kawasaki, Roberti chose it third on his personally preferred list.
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When it was all said and done, Roberti says he would take the Ducati if he could afford it...but he can't.
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Duke launches the 999R during 1/4 mile testing. 10.74@137.4 mph wasn't too shabby.
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Despite our unenviable record of frying Ducati clutches during 1/4-mile runs, Duke broke the streak and brought the 999R home with fibers intact.
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Nice tail! Not you Duke, the R1. Kevin pulled off a 10.51@141.9mph on Yamaha's flagship.
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The Suzuki GSX-R proved to be the best in the 1/4 mile with a fastest 10.3@142.7mph.
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Everyone was eager to see if the GSX-R could topple the ZX in the 1/4 mile. It did.
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Drop the clutch and launch to the finish line on the ZX (or any of these bikes) and you will find your self in a sort of hyper-reality. They'll get all the way up to 140 mph in less than 10 seconds!
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The Honda CBR1000RR was only able to outpace the Duc down PIR's dragstrip, logging a 10.57 @ 141.6 mph run.
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Although the Gixxer didn't log the best lap time at PIR, it was the quickest way down the quarter-mile.
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The solid Honda CBR1000RR tips into turn 7 at a high rate of speed with Ken at controls.
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With Roberti at the controls of the CBR, even the mighty ZX was hard pressed to hang.
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Becklin picked the GSX-R as he fave of this fab five.
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Duke shows Ken a few new lines around PIR.
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The GSX-R brakes were incredible... just ask DB.
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Roberti on the ZX was like a pea in a pod, clicking off his best lap time of the day.
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Say what you want about its styling or its price tag, the 999R just flat works around a racetrack.
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Duke Danger finds his way around PIR, the first time he ever navigated the Northwest circuit.
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"You could keep this thing spinning below 10 grand and still roast 600s." -Duke Danger
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BC would've selected the ZX-10 again in his For My Money if it had a steering damper.
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Kawasaki's suspension upgrades have helped the '05 Zixxer, but it could still use a little help from GPR.
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It may not rank the highest in terms of performance, but the R1 always looks good when it's going around the track.
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Ken waves off the competition as he navigates PIR.
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Ranking the R1 last in our shootout is a clear indication of how tough the competition is in 2005. The R1 is by no means a slouch as Hutch demonstrates.
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Despite a rather hefty build (the bike, not Duke), the CBR is a willing accomplice at the track.
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Don warms up the 999R's tires for Roberti during data acquisition testing.
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Yes, DB, you're in first place. Now get back to the rear of the group so you can videotape us like you're supposed to!