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Schwantz's thoughts on the RSV4's handling - September 3, 2010, 02:50 PM



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September 17, 2010, 08:39 PM

Some more of his thoughts:

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"it's a different animal to the BMW. Completely
different and much more nimble in its input. The
BMW feels bigger, heavier, wider, but on this thing,
the direction changes... it just wants to fall right into
the centre of the corner and keep on turning. I don't
run nearly as wide on some of the corners as the BMW - it almost
wants to turn back on itself a little too much. it feels smaller
inbetween my legs, much more nimble. You can drive it further into
corners and it still wants to come right back on itself, even with the
gas turned on. Yet it's still dead stable on the brakes.
Sometime you'll find a bike that's got too much race bike built
into it. It can be a negative, because you can just drop into a turn
even if you've got a lot of brake pressure on. When I tested the
MotoGP bikes in 2007, Casey Stoner's Desmosedici did it. It would
go into turn 2 at Valencia, grab the bike and just steer it straight to
centre of the corner. It's funny - I watched Casey and was telling
a few different guys who were at the test to come watch him,
because Stoner was making about half a second on everybody.
When they were going in, they go BRAKE, then are just kind of set
on that path - they can hold on the brake but can't move in or out.
Stoner goes in hard, brakes straight to the centre of the corner,
stands it up and he's gone out of there. Everyone else who was
watching was going'ooooh'.
The Aprilia's the only other bike I've ever ridden that has a similar
feeling. Even when it's stopping it's still easy to commit to a corner.
Could be forks, geometry, engine position. I'm not sure what it is
exactly - it's probably a combination of all of them. But it feels
pretty good to me.
I think the V4 is the best motor of the three. Doesn't have the
outright power that the BMW has, and it doesn't really run behind
the MV either in straight line speed - even in the draft I can get close
but not make it last, because it makes a few bike lengths every gear.
But the Aprilia has nice, useable power and a wide powerband. It
goes up to 14,000rpm and still feels like its pulling plenty strong up
there, and it's still manageable. A couple of times I've gone back a
gear too far going into a corner, but the clutch helps the issue when
you make a mistake like that.
I don't miss traction control. Electronics just let me get lazy."


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