Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Queensland, Australia
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Price played a big part in my decision to buy the GSXS over the S1000R, $16k vs $25k (I wasn't going to get the base model).
I'd spent plenty of time riding the S1000R, as a mate leaves his in my parents shed, so it was readily available to ride.
I liked almost everything about the bike, the electronics were lovely, the throttle was super smooth (if lacking a bit down low). The brakes are amazing and it's got heaps of power up top.
For every day riding though, it's got a tiny amount of steering lock, which makes U turns and tight maneuvering a pain.
The build quality isn't what I would have expected for a bike of that price...for example, the brake fluid reservoir wobbles around in its mount.
I'd also heard lots of stories about the electronic suspension failing and other electronic niggles.
I was also concerned about the cost involved in repairing electronics once the bike is out of warranty.
The closest service centre was also 600km away, and I didn't want to have to travel for services.
In saying all that, its a great bike to ride, heaps of fun and very easy to ride.... It just didn't do it for me.
The GSXS fit the bill really well for me. It was a good price, I found it more comfortable, plenty of power, handles really well, can get it serviced in town, and its easier to maneuver in tight spaces.
2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 (Metallic Triton Blue)
2007 Triumph Daytona 675 (Sold)
2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 (Gone)
2002 Suzuki GS500 (Sold)