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Nov 28, 2001

Gobert Earns Every Penny Riding Yamaha Superbike

Winning Superbike riders are worth every penny they're paid by their teams. <BR><BR>That's the conclusion reached by's Chris Ulrich after his eye-opening introduction to Anthony Gobert's factory Superbike on a 40 degree F day at Willow Springs International Raceway Wednesday.<BR><BR>Riding a factory Superbike slowly is easy, Ulrich found, but the factory Superbike men earn their pay when it's time to push. Almost infinite adjustments make it possible to walk a fine line between spinning and tank slapping off the corners, but finding that perfect adjustment can be a mind-boggling task.<BR><BR>In short, a factory Superbike has too much power and unbelievable adjustability, and is more of a handful than anyone who hasn't ridden one can imagine. For details, see an upcoming issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology.<BR>