G'day all, long time lurker first time poster and recent owner of a brand new 2018 GSXS1000Z (and 2000 TLR1000).
Only had the bike 3 days, 250km so far and really enjoying it.
My thoughts so far is its a great bike and handles amazing (compared to 2000TLR ;-p) my first new bike. I believe I am having the "throttle issue" although its workable I find cruising with low revs on a rough road, the bike jolts in and out if my wrist in a little lax on the throttle. I don't think its as bad as I've read people describe but i must admit I need to concentrate and ensure bumps from the road dampen through my arms / shoulders, if my wrist is not locked it will oscillate. Apart from that very happy with this bike. I was close to pulling the trigger on the z1000 but after some test rides in the end went with Suzuki.
The sound is cool, different to the TLR but I like it, no plans to change anything there.
Feel and steering is awesome, no real desire to put steering dampner on but i notice from the pics some others have done that i assume track use?
Tracktion control, been using it in T3 mainly while i get settled on it, first bike with ABS and Traction so just getting the feel of it. It is quite amazing how quick it goes without the front coming up compared to the TLR (comes up very easy but wouldn't get away as quick if that makes sense, the GSXS just sticks). I will give it a whirl t2 / t1 / off when i get some good conditions and space.
Brakes are great, haven't cranked hard enough to engage the ABS yet, but it pulls up much quicker than the TLR using standard feathering braking technique.
Mrs is happy on the back thus far, although she does find it more "pullly" than the tlr, she just holds on tighter
Seating position is much more comfortable, my wrists are usable after peak hour traffic. I did notice there is a bit of a gap between rider and pillion in terms of seat real estate but its still very comfortable.
Throttle, can be worked around and my insurance / warranty? may be void if i play with ECU and i am reading mix feelings on PC so anyways will wait to see how that goes.
Screen, its a strange feeling not being so open compared to the sports bike but its quite nice, anyways give it another 1000km and see how i feel.
Tail tidy (Does anyone know if the 2018 1000z is the same dimensions as earlier models? Ebay / Amazon don't have any that say specifically will fit 2018 1000z. I think it is the same but would be great to hear from someone who has already been there.)
Brake and Clutch leaver change / color change (Dark Red + Shortened)
Open to other recommendations?
Anyways if there is any Victorian pilots who get out for a ride I'm not a real speed demon but enjoy riding with others so keen to meet up, go for a ride and talk shop.
I'll post some pics but currently it is just the standard 2018 1000z black with grey / red highlights.