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post #1 of 30 Old 09-12-2016, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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New to the forum, considering the GSX-S1000F as a sporty tourer.

A little background, started riding in 1998 with a 91 CBR F2 Supersport as my first bike. Then, over the years, moved on to a 98 CBR 900rr, 2003 GSX-R1000, 2007 GSX-R750, 2007 VMAX. Currently have a 2008 B-King and 2011 M109R. The M109R is my first cruiser attempt, wanted something more comfortable for longer trips. While I like the 109, I've come to the realization that I like my legs under me rather than stretched out in front. I really liked the looks of the GSX-S1000F the first time I saw it in a local dealer. So. I'm hear to see what I can find out about this bike.
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Hello and welcome from New Zealand!

Sounds like a nice collection of bikes you have there! How does the VMax compare to the B-King?

The GSXS is definitely lighter than the B-King. I found her to be a lot lighter and more responsive to input than my 'Busa. Definitely a fun bike to ride!




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Hello and welcome from New Zealand!

Sounds like a nice collection of bikes you have there! How does the VMax compare to the B-King?

The GSXS is definitely lighter than the B-King. I found her to be a lot lighter and more responsive to input than my 'Busa. Definitely a fun bike to ride!
The 2007 VMAX was still the 1st gen, so it wasn't the hulk of a bike like the gen 2. I actually miss the VMAX, nothing sounds like that V-4....... I got tired of jacking around with the finicky carbs though, but I learned a lot about them. The B-King feels much larger than the 1st gen VMAX, but handles surprisingly well. I've never ridden a gen 2 vmax, but sat on a few, just sitting on the gen 2 feels very similar to the B-King. The 2nd gen VMAX is also in the group of bikes I'm considering if I can sell the M109R.
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The VMax are gorgeous bikes. I was looking at a 2nd Gen before I bought my Hayabusa. The poor range was what put me off in the end. Fearsome fun though!

I know exactly what you mean about the feet underneath though. Had a couple of test rides on the M109R to try and like it, but I just didn't get on with the riding position. Same when I have to ride my partners scooter anywhere. The riding position just feels plain wrong. Can't beat a proper bike!

Good luck with your sale and the new bike shopping!




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Thanks!

The range concerns me too on the vmax. I found a larger (6 gal) replacement fuel tank from Exectrep, not cheap, but figured if I could get a good deal on a vmax, I'd get the larger fuel tank. Too bad the gsxs doesn't have cruise control, I'd like to have that, so the FZ-10 is also a consideration. I like the look and sound of the FZ-10 (reminds me of the V-4 sound), but from what I've been reading, it sounds like it's lacking in torque down low. Being a big fan of muscle bikes, the torque is probably one of the more important factors for me. I'm not going to be riding in triple digits all the time, and I love the feeling of the bike trying to rip my arms out of their sockets.......
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The larger fuel tank would be awesome ad would solve the only real failing with the VMax.

Cruise control is something that I reckon would be sublime on any motorcycle that you plan on hitting a motorway on. I like the sound of it. There's a couple of companies that do kits, if you wanted to retrofit it to a GSXS (or anything else). This guy did a reasonable write-up of it: Motorcycle Electronic Cruise Control | RVB Precision

I know what you mean about arm dislocating torque! It is addictive, eh? The one thing I will say comparing my 'Busa to the GSXS is that the 'Busa always felt like the USS Enterprise going into warp speed. Just linear thrust. The GSXS is more like a hand grenade. Except you pull the pin and it throws you down the road. The lighter weight makes it feel much more rampant, and she likes to wave her front wheel in the air. Tremendous fun, but a different experience to a muscle bike.




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Thanks for the link. My girlfriend has a 14 Z1000, I would expect the GSXS to be somewhat similar, it's a blast to ride, but completely different power delivery feel compared to the BKing.

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A mate of mine has the Z1000SX. They are similar, but the GSXS is better.




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Yea, I like everything about the GSX-S1000F better than the Ninja 1000SX, but the Z1000 is a hard package to beat.

I've got a friend looking at the FJ-09, do you have any knowledge/seat time on one of those to compare to the GSXS?
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The only real complaint against the Z1000 that I have is the seat is shite, which can be easily and cheaply fixed. The suspension was stiff, but nothing that couldn't be sorted (I tend to install aftermarket suspension on all my bikes so they are set up perfectly for me anyway). Other than that, the only thing she loses out to the GSXS is when she comes on song. The GSXS has a superbike top end, so when you really get going, the GSXS will leave the Z1000 in its wake. We're really splitting hairs here though.

I haven't had any seat time on the FJ-09, unfortunately. From guys I ride with that have they say she likes to wheelie more, but worry about the build quality longer term. All would put new suspension and get it tuned as well.




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