1. Snatchy throttle. Is this a persistent issue with newer 2018 models or has it been ironed out? Frankly the '16 model wasn't that bad but the I've ridden some bikes like Yammie FZ-09 that would make it a deal breaker. I read that the primary issue was TPS adjustment. I'd appreciate an update on this subject as it pertains to '18 models, I'd hate to get stuck with one I couldn't fix... Thanks.
Later bikes don't suffer as badly with the throttle issues, but as said by others setting the TPS up and adjusting your cables correctly makes it near perfect, a flash to set the bike up and eliminate closed throttle fuel cut will also help. It's not really bad but can be improved.
2. Saddlebags. My big HB Jrs won't fit. I've seen some Givis and HB Cbows. Is there a consensus? I have the old canvas bags from the Bandit but would prefer Givi 601 but they appear "sold out".
I use "Oxford Lifetime" throw over panniers without any problem.
3, Tankbag. I don't remember if if tank is steel for my magnetic tank bag.
Magnetic tank bag will work, GIVI also make a tank ring to adapt for use with their "Tanklock" products
4. Mirrors. I'd prefer bar ends. Any recommendations?
I use Puig bar end mirrors, supplied as a complete kit. Work very well.
5. Tires. I read here that 55 series tires are better turn in but didn't get the right size.
As Paul said, plenty of options, 55 profile is certainly much better, the more sport orientated the tyre the steeper the profile, especially on Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop.
6. Shock. I read it's not the best but is OK with the right adjustment ?
I'd recommend replacement be factored in at some point, IMO the stock shock is junk and when pushed hard is useless.
7. Any info for throttle lock and heated grips?
2 or 3 options on throttle lock, however you'll rule it out if you fit bar end mirrors. Heated grips, any standard heated grip will work.
Having owned some 68 bikes over the last 47 years of riding I've had the pleasure of riding some very nice bikes but also a few dogs, the GSXS is a great fun bike to own and ride once it's set up properly and tweaked a bit here and there. I'll be keeping her in my collection when I retire her from everyday use.
For the purchase price you get a pretty good bike with a fantastic engine, one of the best IMO, for a reasonable investment in aftermarket additions and a reflash of the ECU you'll have a brilliant bike that will be equal or better than a lot of bikes costing nearly twice as much to purchase.
Lots of Great help and advice on PhuketPaul's GSX Info website.
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Last edited by Robbieben; 01-31-2019 at 08:37 AM.