I am becoming less and less excited about this bike for some reason. It is very brave of Yamaha to make these changes, but nothing really revolutionary. I am looking forward to all the the ride reports coming any day now. Maybe I am just trying to talk myself into getting an 09. I always think that the Hondas look the best, but durability forces me to go blue. Man I love riding!
Me too. Don't get me wrong I totally dig the bike. But, the more I think about it despite all the technobabble about canting the cylinder, mass centralization, piston side force etc. it seems the only reason for all of it was just to get a straight intake shot. Not that that's a bad thing. That intake does give me a semi...If it makes that much more power then more power to 'em so to speak. Honda
has been the most hypocritical about all their "mass centralization" marketing hype, especially with their CBR streetbikes in following the undertail exhaust
fad prior to '08. That has to be the most obvious violation of mass centralization around. I think if anything, the thing that's gonna make this bike turn better is the new frame and 22mm fork offset. I definitely want one, but I'll wait till the '11 comes out with the fixes to the '10.