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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Motortrend SBK shootout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=2toWydSqqCg

I thought it was one of the better tests. I got this from the Aprilia forum. Thought folks here might be interested.

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 01:27 PM
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I watched this yesterday. I really can't stand Ari Henning. How that guy got the job he has baffles me. Either way they trashed the F4 yet again. Clearly the F4 has its warts but the way they trash it is uncalled for. There seems to be some personal bias towards MV from Ari Henning and that other goober from Motorcyclist. The tester Bradley Adams from Sport Rider even got in on the F4 bashing when just last year he gave the F4 a pretty positive Review.

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I watched it as well also and my mouth just dropped. I mean before I got my MV last year I have always had Japanese bikes and I knew it would ride different but to say the bike sucks as much as they say and have it come in dead last is just a joke. Don't get me wrong the BMW HP4 is awesome machine with the latest technology but thats about it.. Im not a fan of the looks of it and how its put together but I wouldn't trash it as much as they trashed the MV..

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Great video. A shame the F4 ended up last. Again. :/

As for the trashing. I don't really think they are trashing the bike. Most of the stuff they mentioned are real flaws. The point of the "head to head" videos is to compare the bikes to the competition. In comparison to some of the other bikes the F4 has some pretty major issues that have been brought up time and time again over the years and never addressed by MV.

At the same time though these tests don't leave a lot of room for the human element. If you take all of the qualities besides just performance and street ride into factor it's pretty easy to see why so many of us have old and new F4's in our garages. For me and my older F4 some of the flaws that it has are actually part of it's charm. Yes it's heavy, No it's not terribly fast but it's one of the sexiest motorcycles ever made and a lot of fun.

Why do we ride anyway? I know I generally ride for pleasure. The MV despite it's flaws is a simply wonderful machine to ride.
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The HP4 is ugly as sin but, fuck, its a stellar bike. And the sound of that bike going by at WOT is 100% F1 car V8.
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They didn't 'trash' it badly. They just didn't like the clutch action and the ride by wire throttle. That's not trashing. Trashing is if they said ZOMG SUCKS! Just because we are MV fanatics and think they look great does not in reality make them better than the rest does it?

And rchase pretty much said what I wanted to say so props!

All that aside I am most impressed to see that the Aprilia with that much of a horsepower deficit set the fastest time. Also did anyone else notice but the Panigale really is nowhere near the output it's supposed to have?

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Motortrend? A bastion of credibility.
They did provide numbers of all their data. Now it is up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions. The Aprilia in my mind should have won again hands down but they went with the HP4 which is fine too because with a near 15 hp deficit at the end of the day the Ape set the fastest lap time. I do agree however that on the street the BMW is a better bike, which is probably why they gave it the nod. The really tall gearing makes the Ape a bit of a handful though after the 2013 map update, launching the bike from standstill is MUCH easier.

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There's a ton of self-fulfilling prophesy in these reviews.
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Oh, and Ari is an idiot. When reviewing the 2011 he said it was in need of an update and that it hadn't been redesigned in years.

He's clueless.
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