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Ironic that I've been mulling over new motorcycle purchases when my issue of BIKE arrives in the mail yesterday. In a huge comparo between it, the Gixxer 1000, R1 and Daytona, the magazine awarded the win to the Fireblade, calling it the best ever road going 'sportsbike' produced. They're hinting at crowing it Bike Of The Year for a second straight when they get into that a few months from now.

They like the bike as is, enjoy the uber-light front end without a damper, laud the fit and finish Honda lays down on the machine, talk up its durability and suggest the thing that sets it apart from the more powerful GSX-R is that you can simply use all of the Honda. Mere mortals, they argue, will never go faster on the Suzuki across public roads.

A great read. Worth stopping by Borders if you've got some time on your hands.
 

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I've given up on reading MOY opinions and crap like that.  Everyone's always disappointed that their bike isn't voted top, but just wait - some magazine is bound to pick your bike.  Another magazine stated the 954 didn't even come close to the GSX-R 1000, then it's the R1 and so on and so on.  I used to really be into these 'opinions', thus purchasing my '2000's Sportbike of the Year' CBR929RR, only to have the bike fall off the face of the Earth since then, never to be mentioned again (not even  in after market advertisements).
 

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So, just buy the bike with the type of performance that you set as a priority (power, handling, braking, etc.) and don't worry about what any magazine says about it, or whether or not it still tops the charts in popularity.

The 929 ain't the fastest for outright top speed or acceleration (never was), but the street environment pretty much cancels out the Gixer's and R1's adavantage in those areas. Handling and braking have been addressed by me and the aftermarket, so in those respects, my 929 has it over just about anything in any class.

MOY awards are not important to me. How my bike performs, and how it makes me feel are the most important things to me, which is why my 929 will be in my garage for quite a while.
 

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I'm with ya' on that one SuperDave! Opinions vary from mag to mag. I read one the other day stating that the Gixxer is the 'best bike ever'! Who really cares, since it can also be called the 'ugliest best ever'!

I love my 929, and I would not trade it for an R1, Gixxer, or even a 954. To me the bottom line is what the bike does for you as an individual, and I love to ride my 929, I love the way it handles, brakes, and looks.
 

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FWIW, I thought the article was a great read in spite of the fact the 'blade won top honors. If you've never spent the money on an issue or two of BIKE you don't know what you're missing out on.
 

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Yes, BIKE is my fav brit mag as well...

I have the issue that they rode 3000 miles on a RC51, I mean SP2 and a 998 to Imola to watch the WSBK race.  A very cool article and the type of stuff that isn't in the american mags.  It also had an article in there about V4s and how versatile it is.  How the crank can be arranged to deliver a power pulse like a V twin, or staggered to deliver an I4 type power delivery.  VERY COOL STUFF!  

Nothing like that ever in an American mag.  
 

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Chain : FWIW, I thought the article was a great read in spite of the fact the 'blade won top honors. If you've never spent the money on an issue or two of BIKE you don't know what you're missing out on.
That is how 'Motorcyle Racer' is, all racing coverage. CEII writes an article every month, so does Eboz. F'in cool. Wouldn't take a crap without it
 

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I find the 'head-to-head-to-head' articles enjoyable to read because I like to see the different feedback. I would never base a decision to buy a bike on one though. The authors at Motorcycle Online admittedly are biased towards HP and engine performance and have dogged the Honda lineup as a result. Other authors might lean towards rider-friendliness and vote in that regard. Point is...opinions are like a$$holes and we all have one, right?
 

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I love my 2000 model 929 and would not swap it for anything out there at the moment. Sure the bike was not perfect from the word go but with a couple of mods nothing comes close in regards to the overall package. I am also sick of the magazine articles giving thumbs up/down to the latest and greatest although I like reading them. The british mags are the most entertaining, the US mags are to boring yet informative. The OZ mags have the best of both worlds.
 

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A few quotes from the article in question for those who haven't seen the issue yet...

'Fastest isn't necessarily better, we say.  Even in a class that's all about speed, usability has to be taken into account.'

'It's difficult to overemphasize just how good the Blade is - possibly, arguable, no, positively the best ever road-going sportsbike.'

'130 license trampling horses are ever ready to kick down the stable door.'

'Nothing, but nothing, ever seems to go wrong with them - and nothing needs improving.  Spend less time reading the bolt-on catalogues and more time riding.'
 (This excerpt was not lost on me.)

'Having done bikes for a living for 19 years, I'm often asked what I'd have if money were no object, and it's a question to which I'd never given a straight reply.  Until now.  Fireblade.'

Yeah, I managed a crooked grin after reading the comparo.
 

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I'd bear in mind that Bike tend to cater for a more all round and conservative style of rider, and that they rate the bike on a wider set of data than just top speed and standing quarter.
That said I met a journalist from one of the big name 'full on' UK sportbike mags last week - he reckoned the Blade frequently delivered the best track lap times in tests but that editors were reluctant to print this as it did not fit with their own or their reader's pre-conceptions.
My own experience is that while when properly set up as race bikes they can go like hell (especially on fast tracks) GSXR 1000s tend not run fast at track days. The R1 is a nice bike but in the end has no advantage over the Blade, just a harder image.
 

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ondablade : My own experience is that while when properly set up as race bikes they can go like hell (especially on fast tracks) GSXR 1000s tend not run fast at track days. The R1 is a nice bike but in the end has no advantage over the Blade, just a harder image.
I've noticed this year that the 1000s and R1s I've seen at the track have been running pretty fast, actually. Unfortunately, there's only one other 929 there so we don't too much by which to compare. Still, Gateway is a tight, technical track so all that HP is hard to use and old men on beat-up 600s will still pass you on the outside.
 

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Chain : Yeah, I managed a crooked grin after reading the comparo.
I love reading confirmations of the all-around greatness of the Fireblade. It confirms the wisdom of my choice (and investment), especially as relates to the very true concept that most of us (including myself, certainly) will never use a liter bike to the very maximum of its capability, so why not have one that is great-looking, fun to ride, forgiving, and has that legendary Honda quality?
 

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FINALLY...a bike magazine that sees more that just hp.
I went to pick up a copy of BIKE magazine, but it didn't have that article. I was looking at the June copy.

Was this in the July copy per chance? Is it out yet?
 

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July. I'm a subscriber - I imagine we got ours a bit earlier. You'll know it's the right issue when you see the Fireblade on the front cover, all heeled over and looking bad through a corner.
 

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The coolest thing about this thread is the number of you that stated how much they like their 929! Chalk up another, I love mine too.

Not to sound to bling conscious but I bought a second set of rims for track day tires and they came in white. They really make the bike. It looks fantastic (I have 00 red/white). Heck, even my wife noticed and said the white wheels look really good and she usually notices nothing about my bike.

For me, this bike is great. It is super user friendly and is fast enough for me.
 

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The new issue of Cycle World also has a massive comparo at the track between all of the 600's, liter-bikes, and super-twins. The Fireblade was only bettered in lap time by two of the bikes (I think it was the Gixxer Thou and the Mille R), and they said what so many others have said - that the 954 does everything exceptionally well.
 
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