I've spent the last few days on this forum, educating myself on this bike.
I currently ride a small 2012 CBR250R in Southern California (my commute is 50% canyon, 50% Pacific Coast Highway) and my bike is perfectly capable in the canyon, but not as much fun on the highway. I don't like being carried away by the wind so much
I've been looking for some time and when the Honda CBR650f came out I thought I have my answer, except when I sat on it, everything about it screamed "cheap" and "boring".
Walked into a local dealer (Semi valley) to look at the '16 GSX-R600 not knowing how **** uncomfortable it will be and he suggested I get on the S1000f. I have to admin I didn't imagine myself liking anything like it, but it didn't feel bad at all. I almost pulled the trigger, but I discovered the issue with the throttle everyone is talking about. I test rode the bike today and tried keeping it ~2000 to ~3000 rpm to long periods of time to see if it will twitch, but it behaved well (although I have the feeling it doesn't like staying that low
). The dealer had left it in TC3, which might also have masked the problem.
I'm still not convinced, whether this would be a good commuter and whether I should be looking to more sensible SV650s or Aprilia Shivers and the like. Although I am keeping the CBR so it would be nice to have a this 1k for the freeway days.
My biggest concern is people from SoCal calling this bike dangerous in a line splitting scenarios (I do that 70% of the time riding, LA traffic is known to be crap at all times of the day).
The whole package seems great with this bikes and I'm hoping to get it for under 10k OTD, so this is hard to beat with any other make/model out there, but I also don't want this "bargain" causing me to get a bike I wouldn't otherwise be considering.
Any advise would be appreciated.