- Oct 23, 2012
There is an article in Visordown about Skinner being banned from holding directorships for the next five years. Wonder what will happen with his employment now.
Covered in the latest Superbike article, 100% support but with no engineering input or quality responsibility. So confined to looks and astheticsThere is an article in Visordown about Skinner being banned from holding directorships for the next five years. Wonder what will happen with his employment now.
But this was about Skinner having the ability to design a bike that would stir the soul of the rider....even though he doesn't ride. IMO the bike does that, it rides well. From an engineering angle, the shit has hit the fan most certainly....but to actually ride one (taking aside the cost etc as they never cost me a bean to ride), they have the same grin factor as rumbling past a bus stop full of blue rinse types, whilst riding a 961 Domiracer on open megas.Are you saying the V4 provided the value riders were willing to pay for?
I think V4 owners with their £50k bikes in the shed with batteries disconnected and ‘do not ride’ instructions from Norton might disagree with that…!
I get your point really and I agree, the V4 did deliver that elusive ‘emotional quality’. But the lesson with the V4 (and perhaps the 961 too) is that the niceties of such emotional quality are only any good on products where basic functional quality is a given. 100%.
Its the cherry on the cake… but the actual cake still needs to be sound !