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Old 09 January 2006, 11:02   #31
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i would presume that theres not many of you driven all these engines , let alone on the same day
So what does that prove. It's the Suzuki figures I'm taking issue with.

Tell me, regardless of what it says in the Rib International test, do you really believe that a stock 250hp four stroke does 24lph @5000 and revs out at 8100?

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Old 09 January 2006, 11:08   #32
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ok here we go , it makes shite of diffrance to me who is best ,

but it was with the same driver , crew and course .
i have been involved in tests before. on lots of diffrent products .

and i take it quite personly when people say it was not fair.
now i would presume that theres not many of you driven all these engines , let alone on the same day ?? no matter how many tickets you got .

so if you look i gave you my opinion on each , i would buy the verado i love it , as soon as evindude sort the control box out theres will be brilliant .
suzuki i realy liked and if i was not a speed freak i would consider it .
yam is the best all rounder not the best but does each thing well .
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.......If one engine of "round about" the same power output and configuration on the same boat, in the same conditions, showed such a huge difference under test, surely those testing, should have questioned the results?......Now, some people have driven those Suzi engines "commercially" for some time and so could be reasonable expected to know what they’re talking about. .......... The point about Dave’s qualifications was a joke about the fact that he is a highly qualified Paramedic who probably does know his “arse from his elbow”….
<Edit> Heavily edited... after I'd calmed down....
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Old 09 January 2006, 11:13   #33
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......and i take it quite personly when people say it was not fair.
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Don’t take it personal I was just pointing out there are a lot of reasons why you can get vastly differing results.
On and off, for the last 20 years I’ve been involved with product testing and I know some (but not all) of the pitfalls and two of the worst are relying too heavily on your test equipment and not testing enough.
When we did fuel consumption tests we would fuel meter the car and also do tank brim to brim tests over 1000 miles and even then we’d get it wrong Des
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Old 09 January 2006, 11:18   #34
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no i dont agree . it shows the facts on the day .

thats all it was ment to do. if you choose to not belive them thats up to you .
the 8100 i would say may be a missprint .

but you have had long enough to call suzi and correct me ? why have you not ?
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Old 09 January 2006, 11:26   #35
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For a small specialist magazine like Rib International it must be very difficult to put together a test of this nature; getting four identical boats together at (almost) the same time rigged with four different 250 hp engines is quite an achievement and I found the article very interesting.

Though it may not be perfect, as it was done with the same driver, crew and course I think that it does give us some insight into how they performed at a given time/place/conditions with the same helm.

The fuel consumption figure for the Suzuki does look too good to be true though, and, unfortunately casts doubt on the other figures as well. Unless it is a simple typo (as the 8100 rpm figure no doubt is - in the original Suzuki document) 24 lph seems to be at least half what actual owners/users of the engine are getting.

What about the other figures? Can any owners say if their results are close to the findings?
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but you have had long enough to call suzi and correct me ? why have you not ?
..well, for one reason, I have a Suzuki 250 about 100 yards from where I'm typing this and it redlines at 6,100 revs...... I don't really need to ask Richard.. and you as a boat dealer, shouldn't really need to start these sort of discussions...however, if you wish, I'll e-mail Richard and ask him to clarify.

<edit>.. he's at the boat show.... Doh! Sorry it may be a while....
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but you have had long enough to call suzi and correct me ? why have you not ?
The manual and the Suzuki website state operating range of 5500-6100. My rev limiter kicks in at 6000. The Suzuki I use does about 60lph at 5000rpm. The fuel usage of other users supports these figures, not RI's.

These are 'facts' I was certain of before I queried the RI figures for the Suzuki.



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The fuel consumption figure for the Suzuki does look too good to be true though, and, unfortunately casts doubt on the other figures as well.

Quite right!

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Im with dave on this one! if suzi,s are that good on fuel, ill cancell my order on my EVINRUDE 225 ETEC, ill be intrested to hear Evinrudes opinion and more so Suzuki dealers who no doubt will be flooded with calls "WHY IS MY SUZUKI NOT PEFORMING LIKE IT SAYS IN R.I.B"
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A little arrogant!

RIVA you might not care what the other people people on this forum think - but let me say that whilst I presumably fall within Rib International's target audience I have never previously bought the magazine. Based on the discussion here I doubt I ever will. I have no practical knowledge of the engines you evaluated, but to dismiss the opinions of your readership in this way is just crazy. I have never understood why magazines didn't get some scientific input into their evaluations (RI is not unique in this regard - but it sounds like they have fallen foul of it), not only would they more than likely have questioned any variation between such similar engines they would also no doubt have been keen to get some statistically valid data.

To be honest unless the variations are as significant as RI apparently suggested then there is probably little point in reporting them - the real variation between these engines is probably <10 L/hr when used under real conditions - its insignificant compared to the cost of fuel that even the most efficient engine will burn.

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dont think RIVA deserves all this - all he did was set up the testing, reported back on the "facts" (misprints and dodgy flo guages maybe) and gave his two penny worth on each engine.
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