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Not sure the summary is correct, if you look at braking results, the Road King doesn't beat the others, particularly if you look at the individual braking exercises tested.

Also amazing that the RT performed better than the Concours (which has about a 40hp advantage) in the high speed pursuit and performance laps.

(I wonder if Harley snuck in bikes with a stage 2 kit like they did with CHP a couple years ago, so they'd be able to compete)
 

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Last year during the Michigan Police testing the Harley supposedly beat the BMW in braking test................hmmmmmmm? I always will question that one.
 

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petevandyke said:
Not sure the summary is correct, if you look at braking results, the Road King doesn't beat the others, particularly if you look at the individual braking exercises tested.

Also amazing that the RT performed better than the Concours (which has about a 40hp advantage) in the high speed pursuit and performance laps.

(I wonder if Harley snuck in bikes with a stage 2 kit like they did with CHP a couple years ago, so they'd be able to compete)
I saw that too, I wonder if that was a typo or something about the braking.
 

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Last year during the Michigan Police testing the Harley supposedly beat the BMW in braking test................hmmmmmmm? I always will question that one.
I meant this year 2012 and I heard there is story behind that from inside sources.........
 

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Holy Crap, I didn't know the Kawi could turn 88,000RPM but that's what the stat sheet on the full report says. Makes me wonder what else they didn't type right. :D

http://www.lasdhq.org/sites/motorcycle-test/2011.pdf


another questionable "result"

The Kawi'd maximum hp is at 8,800, maximum torque is at 8,000...it redlines at 10,500.

A couple years ago, Michigan State Police tested the same bikes, and short-shifted the Kawasaki at 5,500 (or close to that), which resulted in a bike that can break into the high 2's 0-60 coming in third with a 0-60 of like 4.8.

I wonder how many of these interesting concessions were made during these tests--if they were instructed to granny shift the bike that produces gobs of power at 8,800 rpm with 2K left before redline, then it being outperformed by two bikes with 2/3 the power would make sense.
 
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