I think Troy Corsa said it best when interviewed about the HP4. He said that when he first started riding the HP4 he didn't quite understand how the DDC worked and wasn't really sure. As he's been riding it more, he's starting to understand it better and is much closer to feeling comfortable on it. Given he's one of the best WSBK riders I'd suggest that he's probably a little more qualified than any Journalist to talk about the effectiveness of the DDC. Ie, this technology is new and will take some time before people get it. Perhaps the first iteration is not race ready.
Anyone who thinks that the suspension set up for high level racing is kidding themselves. However, anyone who wants to do track days and then ride home and have suspension that will feel equally at home will be pleasantly surprised.
I have Ohlins front/rear, damper and a 28mm Triple on my 2011 S1RR. The suspension has been tuned by Stewy Winton who is a suspension tuner who works for one of the ASBK Works teams and has tightened it up for Philip Island and recently Eastern Creek. Both tracks that have seen World MotoGP races and I can tell you that the settings for track riding are MUCH tighter than road riding. (Hes put a 1.1 and 1.05 spring in the forks)
ANYONE who says, "I've had my Ohlins tuned for the race track and it feels so smooth on open roads" is FULL OF SH!T!! Fast track riding requires much tighter set up given the level of harsh braking entering a corner and then the massive acceleration out of corners required for quick times on the track. Also, if you want to see the difference between track and road riding watch the Isle of Man TT...Their suspension moves dramatically more than any track set up. These boys are freaky fast riders on road circuits.
Road riding requires much softer set up to handle the plethora of different corners and road conditions. The HP4 handles the track and THEN the road without having to change one setting. IE, set your SAG and then ride!
Anyone who wants to race, well, maybe the HP4 is not for you...Go buy a second hand S1RR. Replace the ECU, the suspension, the fairings, the tyres, the wiring loop, the rearsets etc etc etc etc etc etc.
Last edited by wattsy_rules; 12-03-2012 at 06:03 PM.