Looking for a good way to express this. ... Many years ago, somebody in a car magazine made the point that doing solid tests, like laptimes or braking distances, should be approached with caution. The difference between 'good' and 'bad' is often small, sometimes non-existent. I forget exactly what he gave as an example, but... If you put huge swaybars and wheels, race slicks, on a Morris Minor, it'd go around a skidpan at more or less the same lateral acc as a sports car. So, did that mean it was as good? Or that all you had to do to 'fix' it was give huge reserves of lateral grip? Modern bikes are a lot better. Exactly how big the difference is on the stopwatch is hard to say, and if you could accurately measure it, the result might not fall in line with what you expect. But they feel a damn sight better to ride. They encourage riders of intermediate experience and skill to push on, where the old ones did not.