anybody else read the comparo in the new sport rider for july. the kawi get good marks but come in 4th and 5th of 6. they get good dyno and respectable lap time and good averages but for some reason they come in the bottom.
it's going to be like this a lot, since all the 600's are so close in performance, it comes down to nit picking to decide the winner. one bike might win because it's not nicer gauges then another, or a more comfortable passenger seat, etc..
A lot of motorcycle/car magazines do that. They're so chock full of bias, it's almost useless to read the comparo's. Car and Driver has this section in their ratings called the "Got to Have It" factor, and there's been several times where another car is obviously a better car, even by points standings, setting it ten or fifteen points above another car, but that other car gets a 25 "got to have it", and the real winning car only gets like a 9, so the lesser car wins by 1 point because of the bias factor. Most of the recent 600 comparo's I've seen were exactly like that. They end up saying, "Yeah, the 636 is faster than all the others, and has more torque than everything except the Triumph. Yeah, it's nimble, and flickable, and very neutral in the corners, much more so than the somewhat nervous R6 and the CBR. The suspension is great in the city and in the canyons, and it's better at almost everything, but in the end, we just don't like it as much." It's rediculous. No one wants to know which bike they like better, they want to know which is the better bike.
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