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Funny story, and I suspect that your Ninja riding friend wasn't quite telling the truth.

I still ride geared high performance (163bhp) machines and understand the strenghts and weaknesses of both the eCVT and conventional bike packages. I'm not sure what type of roads you were riding on (I'm not familiar with 1A), but there are several roads over here where a race rep rider would find that he couldn't get our of second or third gear, if he wanted to keep the bike in the torque and or power zone. It doesn't neccessarily mean that he had a lot in reserve...

110mph on a Ninja could be second gear, but he would be near the readline. Unless you could hear his engine screaming (you would have regardless of whether he had aftermarket or standard mufflers fitted) it's safe to assume that he was in a much higher gear than second - probably 3rd or 4th.

Besides, with bikes like that geared for 175mph, in road riding situations nobody gets to use "ALL" the gears to the max - unless they have a death wish. Your friend is probably stil cursing under his helmet that you made him work so hard to keep you at bay!
 

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abm, undesrtood - you were in the Burgman killer zone (sub-50mph). I've been telling my fellow x11 owners that in the Burgman 650 I have found a steed that out-torques the 11 - and at double the torque on paper of the Burgman it doesn't immedeately make sense. However, considering the efficiency of eCVT at keeping the engine in it's torque zone (or power zone in Power Mode) it's no surpirse at all.

Next race rep you come across, do it again. Although they will pull past you, they'll have to work a lot harder than they would like to admit to to keep with you.
 
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