I've got a bit of an issue with Motorcycle journalisim in Australia at the moment. I just don't reckon these guys are telling us how it is or giving us real informed unbiased opinion so that we can choose our next bike or even get a real idea of what's what in the bike stakes. I just bought AMCN. I was interested in the Master bike article. It seems a whole lot of journalists from motorcycle mags all over the world ride a heap of bikes and then choose the best bike in each category and then the overall Masterbike for 2005. I think thats how it works anyway. The journalists names are listed, which country they are from, which mag they represent and their bike experience. There are quite a number of ex 125cc racers, superbike and supersport racers as well as very experienced long time riders. The Australian journalist from AMCN was Sam Maclachlan. This months edition was for a class they call the maxisport masterbike. Three bikes were compared were the GSX-R750, Aprilia RSV-R Factory and the Ducati 999s. They picked the Ducati as the class winner for Maxisport masterbike, which is fine, it might be a good bike, I dunno but here's the thing that bugged me about this test. This journalist Sam Maclachlan reckons that the Ducati was visiably the fastest: Quote: "He was burying the front wheel into the turns as hard as any racebike, and the corner speed he held was actually visibly faster than the other two bikes in the class." Well you know what....the fastest time for the Ducati was a 1:43.559. The second placed Aprilia fastest time was a 1:43.810 and the third placed bike was the suzuki on a 1:43.945. We're talking fractions of seconds here so I don't believe that you would be able to see any visible difference. Maybe top speeds would give you an idicator of performance? Well the lowely Suzuki's top speed was 246km/h, the Aprilia was 254km/h and the Ducati was 247km/h. :?: Then to top it off this is coming from a journalist who's fastest time on the suzuki was 6.2 sec slower than the fastest rider on the Suzuki, 8.8sec slower on the Aprilia and 6.4 sec slower on the Ducati. I dunno what you guys think but from where I come from thats as slow as a wet week. He might be a good journalist and not a bad bloke but he certainly not a real quick rider. How can he judge a bikes real performance if he is so much slower than some other guy at the same track, on the same day, on the same bike.