I'd venture to say that a Buell is every bit as much of a sportbike (if not more so) than a ZX-11 or Hayabusa, if we take the definition of "sport" as cornering in the mountains and not going fast in a straight line. [/B][/QUOTE]QUOTE]Originally posted by Tamara
A lot of good points....
But I have owned an M2 and a Hayabusa. I also have a buddy who owned an S3 who now owns a Hayabusa.
We both agreed hands down, that bar technical tracks and roads under 25 mph (such as the canyons you mentioned
) that a Hayabusa is a better handler. But to each their own. Buells are a great backroads bike.
I know a salesguy at a local H-D dealer that said he has a sport bike. When I asked what kind he said a Harley Dyna-Sport (or whatever that Superglide with better tires is called). So definitions of sportbikes vary greatly depending on who you talk to.
I just started this poll because I want to see what others think. And to see if anybody else has heard from Buell dealers about the delusional performance capabilities Buells will have vs. a GSXR or R6. (e.g., telling customers who are buying their 1st bike that a Buell will handle neck in neck with a GSXR.) Another dealer in Milwaukee even said an X1 will hang with a Hayabusa or R1 to 55 or 60!!!
None of this is to take away ANYTHING from Buells. They are a popular bike. It's just to clarify bogous performance comparisions.
I got chided by somebody who said in reference to the 600's:
"Blah Blah Blah!!Horses for courses!!...600's are for the track...Buells are good street bikes" That's all true and fine... .., then leave it at that and don't compare it to a Japanese bike that
underweighs it by 75 lbs, has a better chassis, and has 25 more horses at the wheel and will ditch it through corners over 15 mph (provided the riders are close in skill)