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Old 10-29-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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Pretty interesting test results paper done on scooters.

http://tahoebenchmark.com/
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:58 AM   #2
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Not sure I buy the #'s posted for the Gavin. It's been my experience (at least with the scooters around here) that the Gavin's are noticeably faster the than the Sierra short bodies. Although, to be fair we usually don't run at top speed on the X's.

Also, it's not at all clear to me that speed measured at a minimal load translates to performance in critical high-load situations. In other words, maybe you can get nice numbers in a sleek single-tank in Tahoe, but that really says nothing about performance in the actual important case (dragging your butt down with doubles, deco bottles, camera, etc. against a 2knt current).
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The test doesn't seem very scientific, lots of room for error and very subjective. Single samples of scooters, test divers, age of batteries, types of batteries, etc. Too much room for error. It is a novel idea and a nice attempt but I didnt get much usable data out of it.
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It's a starting point...

Before this we had nothing... or rather just the biased views of the manufacturers.

As far as the ability to drag doubles stages ect... not everyone needs that capability
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Before this we had nothing... or rather just the biased views of the manufacturers.
Perhaps, but questionable data (or rather easily mis-interpreted data) can be worse than no data.

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As far as the ability to drag doubles stages ect... not everyone needs that capability
Agreed. Was just saying that, for me, that is the case where it is most important for the scooter to perform, as opposed to low-drag speed trials.
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