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post #1 of 7 Old 04-15-2018, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from a GSXR 1000 K6 Owner

Hello All,

I live in Chicago but do most of my riding in the Smoky Mountain region or in California. I own 6 bikes now, 2 of them are 2006 GSXR 1000s. One is stored in Asheville and the other is stored in Manhattan Beach CA. I LOVE my K6s. I fit perfectly on them and they have all the performance that I will ever need. The engine, handling etc all are spot on. I have yet to find another bike that I feel as confident and comfortable on.

I also own a 2006 FJR 1300 that I use to sport tour on. It's ok for sport touring, however its a bit heavy and I really would like something that I can hustle through the corners but comfortable enough to tour on that also provides more wind protection than a naked bike.

Then along comes the GSXS-1000F! So, I joined the site to do some homework on the bike and the hopefully this spring demo the bike to see if it feels almost or as good as my K6.

Here are my questions and thank you in advance for all comments:
1. Does the 2018 model fix the abrupt throttle? My K6 is smooth as can be. My FJR always has had issues in this area and don't want to get another bike with a similar problem.
2. Can Kriega US 20 and US 10 bags be fitted on the bike and if so, would I have enough room to sit on the bike with a backpack and not hit them?
3. Has anyone fitted heated grips and cruse control on the bike? If so, what are the best options?
4. What is the best GPS mount for the bike. I have used SW Motech mounts on my FJR and my Triumph Street Triple that work well.

I really like the look of the bike and the seat height is nice and low. I just need to ride it to see if its a good fit for me. I welcome any comments and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
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Hello and welcome. I see that you do not miss the bikes ..... Especially at home suzuki! I hope you're happy with your last purchase.
Regarding your questions .....

1. I recommend a reflash of the ecu or if you have the bike under warranty a simple rapid bike easy to solve your problem.

2. I do not know and I can not help you.

3. You can put the original suzuki heated grips as an option or any other compatible aftermarket model but I personally recommend the originals.

4. I also have the support of sw motech and I feel good. If you want an alternative, take a look at the Givi products.
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As far as the throttle issue, I think it's a little sensitive but nothing that a $70 throttle tamer want fix. I haven't even bothered to do mine yet and it's a 16 model. I have let several friends ride it and the only complaint was the clutch assist feature taking off.

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Welcome. Not sure how much help I can be. I don't have the F model but I do have the naked GSX-S and a 2007 FJR. As I'm sure you are aware of, the 2006 and 2007 FJR also suffered from some throttle snatch due to Yamaha changing things up in 2006 with new fueling and a new throttle cam due to reviews asking for a sportier throttle. Yamaha obviously went too far and over the years got it right, but 2006 and 2007 suffered as well. My 2007 was 98% cured with a PCV and a G2 Throttle tube with a more relaxed cam.

I'd say the GSX-S is no better/worse than those 2006/2007 FJR's so if that's your concern, you probably have some idea of what you are dealing with. The throttle cam is definitely more aggressive than the FJR though of course. That said, similar mods are available for the GSX-S including the throttle tube.

Six bikes and able to store and ride them in those locations, I have to say I'm certainly jealous. I do think you are trying to find the holy grail here and we know that doesn't really exist. I have a Penske on the rear of my FJR and AK20's in the front. It helps quite a bit but being here in Texas I have to travel far to find the kind of twisties you ride, but the bike does a very good job of soaking up the miles to get there and handles itself very well despite the weight in the twisty stuff.

I came off of a K6 GSX-R750 and haven't looked back. I freaking love this bike and I think you will too. You'll find it probably gives some things up to the FJR in the touring department, but many do and love touring on the F model of this bike. They are cheap, go pick one up and see what you think. I think you'll like it a lot.

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Thanks Chris for the suggestions. I have not purchased a new GSXS yet but getting close. Before I buy one, I want to make sure I can get the bike sorted with a similar set up to my other bikes. Especially having the ability to use the same Kriega bags and Garmin Navigation is very important. Thanks again.
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Thanks Packmule for your comments. Hopefully I can demo the bike before I buy it so I can decide for myself how I feel about the throttle. My FJR still is a bit abrupt so I know what to look for.
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Gixxerjasen:

Thanks for your comments. I never thought about it the way you put it, but I guess you are right, I am looking for the perfect balance between a bike that I can ride aggressively in the canyons and also be comfortable if I have to pull a 100 miles on a highway.

I will always keep my K6 GSXRs (at least until they make a liter bike that fits me as well as these bikes do) and my other bikes are for different uses. With regard to my FJR, I installed a G2 Throttle cam and a PCIII to help smooth out the throttle. Those mods improved it, but I still wish it was smoother. I also upgraded my suspension with Ohlins rear shock and Racetec front forks. I also have Ohlins on my GSXRs. To me, suspension upgrades are the first and best way to improve the performance and "feel" of a bike. Very confidence inspiring with you can be dialed in with your bike.

I keep bikes in NC and CA because there really is no great riding anywhere in the Midwest. Southwest Wisconsin has some fun roads and that is where I ride my 2016 Street Triple. Its a good 10 hours to Arkansas, where there are awesome roads, but its a long trailer ride down. It's easier for me to jump on a plane and fly to a great area to ride vs. driving.

Thanks again for your comments, you know your stuff.
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