First multi-day trip on the GSXS
I just completed a 4 day trip on my GSX-S1000F. Total of 3098 kilometers, including one brutal 1300 km day when I rode from 6:30 am to 9 pm stopping only for gas and the occasional short stretch. Here are my thoughts on the bike.
The GSXS is just a pleasure to ride. It feels great at any speed, whether you're cruising through town or out on the highway. It passes cars effortlessly while staying in 6th gear. It goes where you want it without any effort. Riding it just inspires confidence, I feel way more confident on it than I ever did on my last bike (a gsxr 600). It's also rare, I didn't see a single other one on my entire trip. Sport bikes in general were very rare outside cities, I saw probably several hundred bikes during my trip, and almost all of them were either Harley cruisers, Goldwings, or ADV bikes (V-stroms, KLRs, etc).
And it is comfortable! After a full day of riding I am only slightly tired, and after I sleep and wake up the next morning I am ready for another full day of riding. On my gsxr I would be sore everywhere for days after a long ride, my neck would be sore from being craned upwards to see forward, my right shoulder and wrist would be sore from having to hold the throttle, my butt would be sore, my back would be sore, my knees would be sore... On the gsxs only my butt would get sore after a while, so I do think the bike could use a better seat. And maybe my knees would get sore if I would ride for longer than 2 hours without stopping for a quick stretch, but not as sore as on my gsxr. No cruise control is needed, my right hand didn't feel the least tired even after doing 14 hours and 1300 kms in one day, whereas on my last bike it would tend to get sore.
The gsxs also got a lot of compliments, both from other riders and non-riders. I would get people ranging from teenage guys to old men telling me what a nice bike I had.
I averaged about 5L/100 kms (that's 47mpg). The bike seems to have a range of about 300 kms on highways. On one occasion I had to fill it up with 87 octane gas because that was all the gas station had, and I noticed no difference in performance or range. I would still recommend using 91 or better if it's available as I'm sure it's better for the engine, but it's good to know you can run on 87 if there is no other option.
Now I gotta give it a good wash (it's covered in bugs), clean and grease the chain, and then do an oil change.