Can you give your personal experience/review of the gsxs vs. FZ1?
Just curious because almost got one a couple of years ago, then I heard that Suzuki was coming out with this one, and obviously got it the first week in came to the local dealer (just personal preference Suzuki/Honda).
Thanks, and have fun with your new bike!
Hey, thanks for reaching out. Mine was an older generation FZ1. Power wise both feel the same but I feel a lot more confident on the S1000 compared to the FZ1. I sold my FZ1 a few months back. I had it for about 1.5 years and put quite a few miles on it although I just could never get the confidence while turning or going real fast. The S1000 is a whole lot better. Confidence inspiring I guess is what I should say.
Also, I hated the foot pegs location on the FZ1. It was just placed wrong. Or may be at the time I was into super sports - had the R6 at the same time...
I did tune the FZ1 as well on the dyno and it had the power commander, a custom exhaust etc and had a similar amount of power on paper. However, the S1000 feels quicker and it wheelies much better. Lol. I am sure I can pull up dyno charts for the FZ1 if I searched hard.
Both are fantastic bikes. You cant go wrong with them. I guess its just a personal choice. I generally change my bikes every 2-3 years and I always have 2 in the garage. As of now, I have the Honda 919 and the S1000. The S1000 can easily be a direct replacement of the FZ1. And although the Honda 919 is inferior to the FZ1 power wise, I love to ride the 919 over FZ1 any day. Thats just my personal opinion. I am sure there are thousands of FZ1 lovers out there but it wasn't the bike for me. Perhaps I have ridden better bikes. :-) Or may be other bikes better suit me...
I am sure I have enough experience riding wise to say what works for me and what not. I ride about 55 miles each day commuting and I ride 9 months in a year in spite of living in Seattle. :-) So yeah, thats my opinion...
When I took the S1000 to Nels at https://2wheeldynoworks.com/
yesterday, he asked me the same question. Which one do you like? The FZ1 or the S1000. :-) He is a technician and knows his stuff. He is extremely good at it. If it comes from someone like him, the FZ1 must have been a great bike. Just not for me.