NaPaul, on 21 May 2012 - 04:38 AM, said:
Shouldn't that tell Yamaha something? Your "revolutionary" bike has to be modified greatly to be competitive. The truth is that they had an idea, ran with it, couldn't make it work, and instead of admitting their mistake just continue to try to convince everyone that it's the "bike of the future." Worst bike I've personally ever ridden. Suspension modifications are to be expected of course, but having to relocate the engine? Really? Race-ready bike my sweet buns! Maybe when they see their sales declining dramatically they'll let go of this hopeless vendetta against a traditional design that works right in the first place.
Yes, I think it does tell Yamaha something (it's not my revolutionary bike, it's theirs), and I imagine that they are working on it. It's a quick, cheap mod, which I do imagine will be addressed in the future. Big companies don't respond that quickly, it takes years to get a change like this in production. I just read that Yamaha started working on the new WR450 in 2009, for example.
Even though it is an engine relocation, we're talking about a $150 mod, with parts that come in a box as small as a business card box, and which takes an hour or two to do. It's a work around, and if you look at any national level bike, they are full of work arounds to resolve factory deficiencies. They took a chance, and they'll need to tweak it to get it right. No biggie. It's not an issue at the national level, as they are not running the stock configuration anyway.
I commend them for not following the status quo. Before you knock that they didn't do what everyone else always did and take the safe route, take a look around the world and see where that rationale would have gotten us. Enjoy your horse and carriage.