On the heels of the Bobber Comparo and last month's Bagger Comparison, I'm announcing my next comparison project: Four Crotch Rockets - One Rider.
Contrary to popular belief, biking in SL isn't just about cruisers and choppers. There is a lot of variety inworld. Recently, I conducted some reviews of sport bikes and they are so much fun. Truth be told, when I need to distract my mind by intensely focusing on something else, ripping around on a sport bike is incredibly rewarding.
Saying there is a lot of variety hides another aspect, there aren't many dedicated sport bike builders in SL. I have found some really great builders which goes to show, if you persevere and dig, you can find what you're seeking.
Four Crotch Rockets - One Rider: A Competition
One evening, I watched as one of the light speed bike racers posted some equally light speed times at one of the timed tracks. I'm told these bikes ride the walls at tracks but I don't know because I haven't proven that successful grabbing those kinds of times and I don't really seek to be the fastest on two wheels. I admire those people who can lay down uber fast times. If I can get to the top 5, I'm beaming!
Riding these little rockets is a lot of fun. With realistic animations, you can feel as if you are on the bike, knee dragging and eyes focused on the track. Sure there is a school of thought suggesting the faster you want to go, the more extraneous scripts need to be removed such as riding animations. Success to me riding a crotch rocket is how quickly can I ride around a track as smoothly as possible. This means, I will prepare the bike to be smooth and fluid through the corners at the gearing I'm choosing to use. I do like the realism factor animations can provide.
Each bike tested will be set up similarly. This doesn't mean the settings will be the same. What I want to accomplish is to tweak the settings so each bike can move through a track at comparable speeds fluidly at the highest gearing I can handle with my desktop technology setup. I will concede here and now that someone who is a far better rider could split the sky with one or more of these bikes. What I hope the test will discover is how a slightly better than average rider can get one of these bikes and have a blast.
- One timed track will be used to establish baselines based upon the settings I choose to use. Each bike will ride the same tracks and multiple tracks will be used with times recorded. A baseline is necessary to ensure the testing is as objective as possible with the only real variables being my abilities and those of the bike's design.
- Bike builders will be solicited for donated bikes for the purpose of this test. The objective isn't to fill my inventory with new bikes. Instead, the objective is to profile available bikes and how they compare from my point of view. I will likely use bikes from my inventory as well.
- Specific areas of measurement will be based on a score of 1 - 10 with 10 being the best. I will examine animations, realism, design aspects (mesh grab, soundset, gravity, fit, styling, etc.), and performance. Ostensibly, if all the settings were equal, the bikes should perform essentially the same though I haven't found that to be completely true.
- Other riders may be invited to ride the bikes so I can gain perspective from their experience and preferences.
- I will also look at versatility. Essentially, could a normal rider buy a bike, rip around the timed tracks and then take it out on the skytracks on rides with friends or their MC (after appropriate menu settings of course)? This means I'm looking for a good all-around bike not a true race bike able to do one thing - go fast.
Best of Show
Like the bagger test, I will have an Editor's Choice and IF I get some guest riders, I'll have a Guest Rider's Choice. Test segment scores will be posted in the narrative. Objectivity is a goal and it is limited by my ability and the abilities of my guest riders. In other words, we'll make the contest as fair as possible giving no preconceived advantages before the test commences.
What do you get if you win? Absolutely nothing other than the pride you'll have in your great work being recognized!!
So there you have it! The announcement and details for the Sport Bike Shoot Out: Four Crotch Rockets - One Rider. If you are a builder or know one, please share the link to this blog post. I invite the great bike builders of SL to participate because it will be fun!
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Thank you to the Honey Badger (Lizzy Nightfire Brinner) for her photographic eye
and always being the hero!