Honda still has the dominate midrange no matter what the dyno says, the GSXR shows strong midrange but the Honda has better gearing and gets the midrange power that it has down better. Honda is going to need to come out with traction control for 2013 or continue to drop further behind in the shootout ratings however. The TC genie has been let out of the bottle and even the new 675cc MV Augusta F3 has it. The Honda is still a great bike but the TC is of real value when pushing hard at the limits of traction, that's holding the Honda back. Sure hope they don't try to reinvent the wheel here however, stick with the same formula, light weight, balanced suspension and strong midrange hit with TC to polish the sharp edges.
I have the latest ZX-10R and the power is definitely track biased but still works fine on the street as the power is very smooth and progressive, you just have to rev it a bit to get past the midrange lull.
A buddy recently switched from a BMW S1000RRR to an R6 for a trackday bike and saw a whopping 4 second drop in his lap times. Apparently hairy topend is not the best route for everyone short of a highly skilled WSB rider. I would like to see more emphasis on track times in these shootouts with test riders closer to our skill level turning the throttle. Under those conditions, the biggest HP number on the dyno is not always the best way forward. I don't think the BMW is really all that but it wins every shootout based on laying down the big numbers on the dyno. 150 rear wheel HP with friendly delivery characteristics is really all most of us can use. Just my .02.
2016 Ducati 959 Red
2012 CBR 1000RR Red
2011 ZX-10R Ebony
2009 ZX-6R Lime Green
2006 ZX-14 Passion Red
2004 VTX1300C Candy Red
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