2017 GSXR1000RR v 2001 CBR900RR
Saw a review today of the eagerly-anticipated new Zook big gun. They've brought in the MotoGP technology of variable valve timing based on centrifugal weights that advance the cam timing as revs increase. They are very proud of the torque figure, quoted as 87ftlb@10,800rpm. Nothing wrong with that, nor with an anticipated 199bhp@13200rpm. Great for the track, especially with all the electronic techtrickery to keep you from launching yourself into orbit.
However, for road riding, its surfing the torque curve that counts. OK, they've done a good job. But I was curious to see how my dear old 929 Blade compares. Torque 85 ft lbs max at @8500, and above 80ft lbs from 6500rpm to 11000rpm. Figures from a rolling road test run. Not too shabby. But I shall continue to have to be responsible for my own safety when getting on the gas. Oh dear, what a pity, never mind.