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In a sense, Honda already does this: RR and F4i. The RR is supposed to be a race/track machine; back in the day, it was cutting-edge. Now, everyone's caught up. I think in 07, you'll see the RR be even more narrowly defined and the F4i (F5i?) will pick up the street slack. Is it a good idea? I don't know how many people picked up the tamer R6. At the same time, I don't think a lot of people picked up the 6RR over the 636.
People want the most for their money, and by that, I mean, the most power. Whereever the most power can be had, that's where the money/sales will go. With that said, it may not be a good idea. So long as RR bikes are affordable, people (whether they have skills or not) are going to go for the most bang which will probably lead to more motorcycle related injuries on the street as uninformed riders attempt to extract that power on the street. Unfortunate, but true. I voted "yes," by the way, because my desire is to track my ride.
When it really comes down to it, the bikes will never be that narrowly focus that makes them bland to ride on the street. The new R6 isn't a bore to ride on the street. Furthermore, look at the new Gixxer 600/750. These guys are still excellent on the track while still be very useable. As much as I hate to say it, but I think Suzuki is the one that's got it right!
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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