I just bought a new '08 model yesterday and have it at the pro suspension shop (Devol) adding the works. I agree that some one who is not racing would have ne real benefit to buying an '08 vs an '07. I bought the '08 because I am racing and you can only collect factory contingency money from bikes that are younger than 2.5 years old. I'll be getting this dialed in the first year and hope to win money into 2009.
The other very important reason to buy the '08 is the claimed correction of corning restrictions the '07 and '06 had. Being new to racing I need to eliminate all the excuses so I can focus on the work I really need to do to become a successful rider. Cornering is absolutely fundamental and critical to racing. If you think about lap time management few things are more important. There is two opportunities to be faster with better corning #1 cornering faster and #2 not crashing in corners. If you can corner harder the low end is less important because you're not going to need it if your momentum is already high.
As far as low end power goes elsewhere I agree with the WFO comment for now. Any racer is going to need sprocket changes and jetting any way, so the stock aspects of the low end are moot from that standpoint. If you're not racing and are riding the stock bike then take step back and look at what's important.
The White/Black/Red '08 is as sick as it gets on looks once you add a few red anodized parts like levers, hubs and a tripple clamp. I just hope I don't look like a spoiled child riding such a cool
bike. I earned every penny I paid for it so I'm going to take no prisoners on the track.
Just my thinking... I look foward to testing this bike when the suspension is finished this weekend.
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