Originally Posted by Oilboiler
I remember riding a 1981 GSX1100 and a 2005 ZX10R on the same day and up to about 115 mph the "feeling" of speed and acceleration was pretty similar. Above that speed the newer bike felt faster.
Older bikes are fast enough for the Real World :)
Old bikes can still be fast bikes. Especially big bore Suzuki GS's
. In a top gear roll on from 65 I walked away from a buddy on his new Street Triple R, me on my old Suzuki 850. I think he was more surprised when I dusted him on the twisty back roads before that though. New springs, shocks, and sticky tires will make an old bike surprisingly good, and a BLAST to ride.
For comparison sake I rode a friends FZ1 track bike, and it was like straddling a cruise missile. Into triple digits by the end of 2nd gear easily. It was incredibly fast.
But for the real world riding environment my old bike still has enough horsepower. Do wish I had more modern brakes though.