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post #1 of 40 Old 10-23-2015, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up My 68th birthday pressie has arrived

Well, the Street Triple has gone to a lovely couple in northern NZ and I picked up the new toy from Auckland yesterday. Surprisingly for a large capacity bike, it feels very much like my Street Triple in terms of ergonomics and manoeuvrability which is probably a strong reason why I've gone for it. Oh, and the seat is low enough for this shortarse to get both feet flat! The dealer set the traction control in Old Fart mode for the 190 km trip home, which I hope was a reflection of new tyres rather than my age . Even though conditions were dry, I noticed that the traction control was cutting in on a few tight corners as the tyres scrubbed in and confidence increased.

Too early to make any major assessment other than it's really easy to ride and sounds terrific with the little stubby can. My butt ached a bit in the last few km of the journey but will probably get used to the new seat - either that or it will get an Airhawk like the Triple. Got a small screen on back order and having matte 3M clearfilm applied to some parts of the bodywork and a fenda extenda is on order along with crash knobs. Looking forward to getting some k's on it and growing older disgracefully!
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Congrats and happy birthday!! I have the same bike and love it!!
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Congrats and happy birthday!! I have the same bike and love it!!
Thanks on both counts! Unfortunately, it's chucking it down with rain today so all I can do is drool and stroke it
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Dude, that's some back drop there, beautiful country!! Stroke that bad boy, it'll only make it more anxious Side note, mine was really stiff, the bike, and actually went out to pretty soft setting, I chase the rear a little in the corners but the overall ride is better, I also prefer no traction control unless it's wet, but that's just me, I road raced for years without it and at street speeds, I can't imagine a big highside.
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Thank you! We have a place overlooking Coromandel Harbour and the Peninsula has one of the better biking roads in the north island, called the Coromandel Loop.

Yep, I found everything a bit tight too and it skittered over bumps, although not badly. Your road racing experience would have helped no end. In a past life, I drag raced a supercharged Triumph, but that was because of my inability to go round corners without falling off
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Congrats! Bike looks stunning!


I'm in the same predicament, I also own a Street Triple and am seriously considering this beast! Look forward to hearing a longer/opinion review of your new GSX S 1000!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Congrats! Bike looks stunning!


I'm in the same predicament, I also own a Street Triple and am seriously considering this beast! Look forward to hearing a longer/opinion review of your new GSX S 1000!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Jccc. I'll put a "first impressions" on the blog in a day or two before those impressions fade and maybe a longer term review in a few months. I would have really liked to hang out for the Triple 800, but who knows how long we'll have to wait?
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Dude, that's some back drop there, beautiful country!! Stroke that bad boy, it'll only make it more anxious Side note, mine was really stiff, the bike, and actually went out to pretty soft setting, I chase the rear a little in the corners but the overall ride is better, I also prefer no traction control unless it's wet, but that's just me, I road raced for years without it and at street speeds, I can't imagine a big highside.
Hi Geoff - Enjoy the new toy when it stops raining.

Ireek -per quote above - -I find front end a bit stiff even on lowest preload- any suggestions on rebound and compression clicks to soften for light 68 kg rider?
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Hi Geoff - Enjoy the new toy when it stops raining.

Ireek -per quote above - -I find front end a bit stiff even on lowest preload- any suggestions on rebound and compression clicks to soften for light 68 kg rider?
I know how to measure and set up front and rear sag properly as I've done it for both the Blackbird and Street Triple when I upgraded the suspension. Sadly, I'm in the same boat with the new one and will start experimenting when everything has bedded in. I'm 76 kg in my socks
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Congrats and lots of fun with your bike....good choice :-)
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