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2004 V-Twin Shootout Photo Gallery

Photos of the 2004 V-Twin Shootout. 2004 V-Twin Shootout.

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Forged aluminum OZ wheels, Ohlins suspension, those stellar Brembos and a sinister flat-black cloak - the Aprilia Mille Factory can bring traffic to a standstill.
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BC runs away from photographer Tom Lavine.
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BC tries to match Korf's lean angle without touching down.
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Few sportbikes look as good as the Mille Factory.
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The Mille Factory is the most responsive of the Superbike Twins to mid-corner rider input.
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15 mph, yeah right!
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Front brakes don't get any better than the radial-mount Brembos on the Mille R Factory.
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The Mille's suspension was excellent on the street.
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A pair of high-mount mufflers ensures a deep and mellow Mille tune.
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The Mille R was the overall aesthetic winner.
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Honda is known for its attention to detail, a tradition that continues on the RC.
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Korf shows his best side.
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Smooth power delivery is the forte of the RC51
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Chamberlain pushes the RC51 on the street.
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The RC51 sounded like pure magic in the canyons.
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The RC51 brakes were good, but tended to fade a bit when pushed over long stretches.
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Korf found the RC51 to be the most comfortable on long rides.
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The RC51 isn't as exotic as the high-priced Italian Twins, but it holds its own in terms of performance.
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The RC51 emerged from the dyno wars as the victor, pumping out 120 horsepower.
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Hoping to make it to school in time, Don grabs his backpack and hops on the Duc.
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The Duc looks out over Northern California.
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Donny B and Korf cross the Klamath River en route to Yreka.
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Nothing stirs the loins like Italian red.
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The Duc's Ohlins fork with titanium-nitride coating and non-radial-mount Brembos performed admirably throughout the test.
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The underseat exhaust looks trick but turned Korf's ass into a pork rind at the end of long rides.
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Mt. Shasta is transformed into an afterthought when framed with the Duc.
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Photographer Tom Lavine catches Don leaving a blackie on the road.
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Sorry, no inline fours allowed.
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Tired of getting stuffed, Don sets up on the inside of Korf.
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Sorry, no Inline-Fours allowed.
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Donny B. struggles to keep up with the speed of Korf and BC.
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Our three Twins line up with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop
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Korf fights the urge to put his down on the road.
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Once the revs climb beyond 5000 rpm, Honda enjoys a significant torque advantage. Click the image to enlarge graph.
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The RC51 enjoys a horsepower advantage over its two competitors, but loses out on the street because of tall gearing. Click the image to enlarge graph.
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BC keeps the RC51 planted through a tight corner.
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We examined this photo closely to insure BC doesn't have his knee down, which would promote unsafe riding.
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It's hard to imagine BC would wad a Yamaha R6 just a few weeks after this pic was taken.