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You know, it's probably easy for all of us on here (ie. owners and riders of the GSX-S) to get quite blasé about the bike we ride and forget it's strengths - most forums tend to focus on being critical of the bad bits rather than the good. So, as a total newbie to the GSX-S world (but not new to riding) I thought I'd just pop in here and give you my thoughts on why I went for it (collected my bike yesterday).

I've been riding a Triumph Street Triple for over a year, and utterly utterly loved the thing. It was near enough perfect. I loved the seating position, the forward-bias of it, the wide bars, the sporty nature and flickability, the beautiful character and flexibility of the engine and the overall value for money it represented. I liked the styling. About the only thing I could critique on it was the throttle behaviour a little. My riding is primarily short trips for fun - weekend blasts with friends or a short cross-country commute to work or to visit buddies. It was perfect for this.

But as I look towards doing some longer distance stuff this year - one or two journeys only - the thought of doing them on a Striple wasn't the most exciting of propositions. Don't get me wrong, I'd do it, but... meh... a smidgen more weather protection wouldn't have gone amiss. So I decided to start looking for something that could deliver everything the Triple did, but with slightly more practicality for long-distance use.

I have spent months looking at loads of things, generally all brandished with the phrase "sport-tourer" or "adventure". Any pretty much everything "sport-tourer" has been far more tourer than sport, and everything "adventure" has been way too fudging tall and heavy for my 5ft 7" frame. I'd have liked to try an MT-10 with the Touring guff on it, but you simply can't find one and besides that... well, the looks just... aren't for me. I had an utter stiffy for a 1000XR for over 12 months now, but after trying some low-suspension models I finally ruled it out for good . In desparation I tried the R1200RS and within a mile discovered the error of my ways (please forgive me, my friends, I was just curious!). I'll admit I didn't even both riding the Tiger 800, much as I loved my Triumphs I was pretty sure it was a step away from sporty and a bit too far into the adventure/tour camp to float my boat the rest of the time!

It was only when I stumbled across the GSX-S1000F at the NEC that I realised I had never given this bike so much as a once-over, but when I sat on it at the show I thought "Bloody ****, this actually feels really comfortable and familiar!". Then I saw the price and was even more pleasantly surprised. So I vowed to go test ride one, and I'll admit I went into that test in the best frame of mind - I wanted to hate it. Surely it was a pretty crap bike for that money.

Well, suffice to say I was sold. Sure, it's not got the bells and whistles. The styling is rather dubious, or 'safe', depending on your viewpoint. And it's utterly useless for outright touring, particularly 2-up. For me, it's redeeming strength is that it is 80% sports bike, 20% tourer - a balance which pretty much every other bike it's compared with gets round the other way (far too toury and not sporty enough for *my* desires). And while the engine is no triple, it certainly has a character of it's own that I can admire and enjoy.

Sure, it's not perfect - what bike is - but sometimes the foibles give it a bit of personality. It rides beautifully for the money. The gearbox is a peach. The seating position is incredibly familiar and comfy, and the fairing design affords me just that little bit of long-distance comfort for me to look forward to the trips this year, rather than approach them with a dread that the weather might turn them into some sort of Bear Grylls adventure series.

And as always, the one point no-one from the other brands ever mentions... value for money. It's a whole lotta bike for the moola.

Hopefully anyone visiting this forum contemplating a GSX-S might find my thoughts useful. I did do a video of my test ride, I might upload it one day to the old 'tube
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You know, it's probably easy for all of us on here (ie. owners and riders of the GSX-S) to get quite blasé about the bike we ride and forget it's strengths - most forums tend to focus on being critical of the bad bits rather than the good. So, as a total newbie to the GSX-S world (but not new to riding) I thought I'd just pop in here and give you my thoughts on why I went for it (collected my bike yesterday)

I've been riding a Triumph Street Triple for over a year, and utterly utterly loved the thing. It was near enough perfect. I loved the seating position, the forward-bias of it, the wide bars, the sporty nature and flickability, the beautiful character and flexibility of the engine and the overall value for money it represented. I liked the styling. About the only thing I could critique on it was the throttle behaviour a little. My riding is primarily short trips for fun - weekend blasts with friends or a short cross-country commute to work or to visit buddies. It was perfect for this.

But as I look towards doing some longer distance stuff this year - one or two journeys only - the thought of doing them on a Striple wasn't the most exciting of propositions. Don't get me wrong, I'd do it, but... meh... a smidgen more weather protection wouldn't have gone amiss. So I decided to start looking for something that could deliver everything the Triple did, but with slightly more practicality for long-distance use.

I have spent months looking at loads of things, generally all brandished with the phrase "sport-tourer" or "adventure". Any pretty much everything "sport-tourer" has been far more tourer than sport, and everything "adventure" has been way too fudging tall and heavy for my 5ft 7" frame. I'd have liked to try an MT-10 with the Touring guff on it, but you simply can't find one and besides that... well, the looks just... aren't for me. I had an utter stiffy for a 1000XR for over 12 months now, but after trying some low-suspension models I finally ruled it out for good . In desparation I tried the R1200RS and within a mile discovered the error of my ways (please forgive me, my friends, I was just curious!). I'll admit I didn't even both riding the Tiger 800, much as I loved my Triumphs I was pretty sure it was a step away from sporty and a bit too far into the adventure/tour camp to float my boat the rest of the time!

It was only when I stumbled across the GSX-S1000F at the NEC that I realised I had never given this bike so much as a once-over, but when I sat on it at the show I thought "Bloody ****, this actually feels really comfortable and familiar!". Then I saw the price and was even more pleasantly surprised. So I vowed to go test ride one, and I'll admit I went into that test in the best frame of mind - I wanted to hate it. Surely it was a pretty crap bike for that money.

Well, suffice to say I was sold. Sure, it's not got the bells and whistles. The styling is rather dubious, or 'safe', depending on your viewpoint. And it's utterly useless for outright touring, particularly 2-up. For me, it's redeeming strength is that it is 80% sports bike, 20% tourer - a balance which pretty much every other bike it's compared with gets round the other way (far too toury and not sporty enough for *my* desires). And while the engine is no triple, it certainly has a character of it's own that I can admire and enjoy.

Sure, it's not perfect - what bike is - but sometimes the foibles give it a bit of personality. It rides beautifully for the money. The gearbox is a peach. The seating position is incredibly familiar and comfy, and the fairing design affords me just that little bit of long-distance comfort for me to look forward to the trips this year, rather than approach them with a dread that the weather might turn them into some sort of Bear Grylls adventure series.

And as always, the one point no-one from the other brands ever mentions... value for money. It's a whole lotta bike for the moola.

Hopefully anyone visiting this forum contemplating a GSX-S might find my thoughts useful. I did do a video of my test ride, I might upload it one day to the old 'tube

Hey mate I was on a triumph street triple before I upgraded to the gsx-s1000!
I loved my street triple if I had the money to keep both I certainly would have!
I upgraded due to the fact all my mates were on 1000cc+ sport and sport tourers and if we did a day ride or trip I was not comfortable and happy after a few hours of wind blast at hwy speeds plus the 675cc was not great for hwy speeds of 160km/ph so I wanted a bigger engine for easier hwy rides. I didn't go the F model but the naked with a nice screen does the job! Plenty of power and easy cruising at 160km on freeways! I'm very happy with the Suzuki after 6 months I've owned it and I'm sure I'll have it a very long time!
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Why the GSX-S1000F ticked my boxes

For me the reason for upgrading was simple the first time I rode the bike just seem to gel with me...... I have driven and on enough high-performance motor vehicles over the years and know that feeling.

I am totally there with anybody that says this bike represents a very good value for dollar..... I sort of take it as a point of pride when I purchase a car or bike that is a hidden gem. Are there better machines in this category? Yes (maybe)but they all cost more...... I put that maybe there because a lot of people argue that the technology on other bikes makes make them better.... but I haven't really seen that proved true in the real world other than as a subjective opinion..... i'm also honest about my riding abilities and know that the GSX is capable of more than I can throw at it in stock form


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Hey mate I was on a triumph street triple before I upgraded to the gsx-s1000!
I loved my street triple if I had the money to keep both I certainly would have!
Me too, I was honestly thinking "Could I manage to make 2 bikes work" but it just wasn't practical.

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...that is a hidden gem.
Totally agree; that's something I made a comment on when I was demo riding it. It felt a bit Q-car-ish, if you know what I mean. Most people wouldn't give it a second glance (me included, prior to really knowing about it). Some people need to be riding around on something that shouts out "Look at me" - and that's totally fine - but I kinda like the understated-ness of it
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I couldn't have said it better and I have tried. My Street Triple is still in the shed with my gsxsf even though I had planned on selling it. Like you, I feel the Street Triple is wickedly close to perfect, a feeling I'm starting to have for my gsxsf. For me, nothing sounds as good as the Street Triple, but, I can't get enough of the gsxsf's low and mid tourque and, I'm actually a big fan of the high beam "trigger".
I'm hoping that by spring I have figured out how to afford/ justify keeping both bikes. If I can't, there's alot I like about the gsxsf.
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I know what you're saying! We get to see the new one tonight, 7pm UK time but I kinda ruled out waiting for it as I'm not one to go for a new generation bike straight-off, plus I imagine the pricing will take a hike somewhat.

Some times it's good to try different things, even if it makes you appreciate what you had previously. We'll see what time tells with the GSX-S. I don't doubt for one minute that, one day, I'll be back on a Triple but for now the Suzie-Q meets my needs.
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You know, it's probably easy for all of us on here (ie. owners and riders of the GSX-S) to get quite blasé about the bike we ride and forget it's strengths - most forums tend to focus on being critical of the bad bits rather than the good. So, as a total newbie to the GSX-S world (but not new to riding) I thought I'd just pop in here and give you my thoughts on why I went for it (collected my bike yesterday).

I've been riding a Triumph Street Triple for over a year, and utterly utterly loved the thing. It was near enough perfect. I loved the seating position, the forward-bias of it, the wide bars, the sporty nature and flickability, the beautiful character and flexibility of the engine and the overall value for money it represented. I liked the styling. About the only thing I could critique on it was the throttle behaviour a little. My riding is primarily short trips for fun - weekend blasts with friends or a short cross-country commute to work or to visit buddies. It was perfect for this.

But as I look towards doing some longer distance stuff this year - one or two journeys only - the thought of doing them on a Striple wasn't the most exciting of propositions. Don't get me wrong, I'd do it, but... meh... a smidgen more weather protection wouldn't have gone amiss. So I decided to start looking for something that could deliver everything the Triple did, but with slightly more practicality for long-distance use.

I have spent months looking at loads of things, generally all brandished with the phrase "sport-tourer" or "adventure". Any pretty much everything "sport-tourer" has been far more tourer than sport, and everything "adventure" has been way too fudging tall and heavy for my 5ft 7" frame. I'd have liked to try an MT-10 with the Touring guff on it, but you simply can't find one and besides that... well, the looks just... aren't for me. I had an utter stiffy for a 1000XR for over 12 months now, but after trying some low-suspension models I finally ruled it out for good . In desparation I tried the R1200RS and within a mile discovered the error of my ways (please forgive me, my friends, I was just curious!). I'll admit I didn't even both riding the Tiger 800, much as I loved my Triumphs I was pretty sure it was a step away from sporty and a bit too far into the adventure/tour camp to float my boat the rest of the time!

It was only when I stumbled across the GSX-S1000F at the NEC that I realised I had never given this bike so much as a once-over, but when I sat on it at the show I thought "Bloody ****, this actually feels really comfortable and familiar!". Then I saw the price and was even more pleasantly surprised. So I vowed to go test ride one, and I'll admit I went into that test in the best frame of mind - I wanted to hate it. Surely it was a pretty crap bike for that money.

Well, suffice to say I was sold. Sure, it's not got the bells and whistles. The styling is rather dubious, or 'safe', depending on your viewpoint. And it's utterly useless for outright touring, particularly 2-up. For me, it's redeeming strength is that it is 80% sports bike, 20% tourer - a balance which pretty much every other bike it's compared with gets round the other way (far too toury and not sporty enough for *my* desires). And while the engine is no triple, it certainly has a character of it's own that I can admire and enjoy.

Sure, it's not perfect - what bike is - but sometimes the foibles give it a bit of personality. It rides beautifully for the money. The gearbox is a peach. The seating position is incredibly familiar and comfy, and the fairing design affords me just that little bit of long-distance comfort for me to look forward to the trips this year, rather than approach them with a dread that the weather might turn them into some sort of Bear Grylls adventure series.

And as always, the one point no-one from the other brands ever mentions... value for money. It's a whole lotta bike for the moola.

Hopefully anyone visiting this forum contemplating a GSX-S might find my thoughts useful. I did do a video of my test ride, I might upload it one day to the old 'tube
Good write!! Yes let's see the video! 😊👍


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Good write!! Yes let's see the video! 😊👍
I might regret this :-S but... here it is

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Nice job on the video! Good information.
Your right, it's not as flicable as the Street Triple, but, it does have a very "attached to the road" feel, even during aggressive cornering.
I'd be interested in seeing you thoughts on the bike after putting a few thousand miles on it.
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Nice review brumster, spot on. I think the naked might be just a little bit more flick-able due to less weight on the front. I had the same problem with the main beam switch, I cut about 6mm off the end of it which mostly cured it.
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