Another member and I have been having an ongoing debate for the last little while regarding the effect of horsepower/torque on the cornering ability of a bike.
Basically, he said a gsxr600 will be able to go through a corner faster than a gsxr750.
First off, assume that the bikes are completely identical (in terms of weight/distribution, tires, traction etc), the only difference being the HP/torque they put out at the wheel.
His argument: The 600 is faster because it puts out less torque, allowing you to get back on the throttle earlier/harder than on the 750, and consequently get through the corner faster.
My argument: The 2 bikes should both theoretically be able to negotiate the corner at the same speed. The only drawback on the 750 is that it requires stricter throttle control to avoid wheelspin/slides.
We both agree that the 600 would probably be easier to ride closer to it's limit (for the reason stated above). I just believe that the theoretical limits are the same...
Anyone wanna prove one of us wrong?