I bought a very low mileage 2016 machine and got it out for a 150 mile ride last week. Impressions?
1) Engine is AMAZING! The thing pulls from anywhere. 2000rpm in 6th gear? No problem. Just pulls away. And I thought my CBR929RR was a 'grunt' machine, but this thing blows that engine away.
I agree, great engine and with a little work can become an awesome engine
2) Transmission is very slick and smooth shifting. Love that. Oddly, the gap between 5th gear and 6th gear is ridiculously small. Shift from 5th to 6th and your RPMs only drop by 250. There needs to be a greater difference between these two gears.
Unfortunately the transmission comes directly from the GSXR1000 and so is really designed for the track - A wider ratio gearbox would have been have been better - penny pinching
3) Suspension - front is good. Lots of adjustment available and can use different fork oil if still not happy. No issues here. Rear shock is about as sophisticated as a hammer. Preload and rebound is all you can play with but the problem is the high-speed compression dampening. It is too stiff. Bumps pound through and give your kidneys a workout they don't need. Looks like Wilbers will get $840 to send me a shock with high-speed and low-speed compression dampening capability (on top of the usual rebound and spring preload, of course.)
I agree rear is crap and the front is OK, until you change the back out, then the front doesn't seem so good
4) Seat - feels good at first. Then after an hour, it is a plank. At the end of two hours, you are begging for mercy. Well, maybe not you slim, light fellows and ladies, but for a beefy boy like me, I gotta have a better seat. The slope becomes a nuisance over time, too. Keeps sliding you toward the tank. Maybe it's my size (6'2" with 34" inseam) but the factory saddle isn't cutting it for me. Looked to see what Corbin had and that seat is f-ugly! Dang. Too bad. Their seat foam is awesome. But I can't put that atrocity on the bike. I'll try the Saddlemen GP-V1 unit and see how that goes.
I've ridden for 5 hours just stopping to refule with no issues, I suppose we are all different
5) Handling - really good actually! Considering the poor quality rear shock, I was surprised. There is a lot of potential here. The bike centers the mass well and feels like it is aching to tear through the corners. The stock tires are okay (not awesome, but good.) I think some high quality rubber (with a 190/55 series rear tire in place of the 190/50 OEM item) and a quality rear shock will make this thing a threat to it's GSXR siblings.
Love the handling, I now have 200/55 rear and it tips even better, Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2, brilliant tyres
6) Wind protection - I went for the 'naked' model but I'm starting to think that was an error. I love how it looks! And around town and below 70mph, it's fine. But for long-distant days at speed (70+mph for extended periods) it just isn't going to work out. Plus, who doesn't like to wring the bike's neck periodically to 'see what she'll do'? Getting to 120mph is okay, but above that, the wind blast is ferocious. Tried to push up to 125mph a few times and it was just a huge battle that I was losing. The bike may be able to go 140 or 150mph, but without any windscreen, you can forget about that. I bought the OEM fly-screen. We'll see how it does. It looks pretty skimpy (but quite sexy!) More riding will let me know soon enough if something taller is needed.
I have the F and its better but not great for wind protection
Previous owner put a tail-tidy on it and that is a 'must'! The atrocious appendage Suzuki stuck up it's arse is a crime of design. I'm sure they were trying to meet some kind of gov't regs. I get it. But once you own the bike, you've got to get rid of that 'thing'. The bike just looks so much better without it.
Agreed, the stock tail looks crap, but wait till you ride in the rain with the tail tidy - your back, butt and legs get absolutely soaked
Oh yeah, when I was researching this bike, I can't tell you how many times I read about the 'horrible off-throttle to on-throttle fueling.' I was prepared to send the ECU in to get it flashed. But that's not necessary. This bike is no big deal in that regard. Take out the massive amount of slack in the throttle (adjuster is super easy to access) and it's good. I think a lot of this comes down to what you've ridden before. Try riding a CBR929RR and THEN tell me how bad the GSX-S throttle is coming off closed plates!
It seems every GSXS1000 is different, I've ridden quite a few and they all vary - sounds like you got a good one, but easily fixed anyhow/
Final thought - for me, the overall gearing on the bike is too low. Get it up to a true 75 to 80mph on the freeway and the engine is begging for an up-shift but...you are already in 6th gear! That's not working for me. Especially when the engine is 'tuned' for great low to mid-range already. I'm going UP one tooth on the front (from 17T to 18T) to see if that makes the gearing/ratios more to my liking. I'm not into wheelies, stunting, or droning around town. I live in TEXAS and the distances are far and the roads between the 'good stuff' can be a drone to endure and are best dispatched at an accelerated pace. I need gearing that is more suited to my riding style and location. I'm hoping it works out. Any improvement in fuel economy will be welcome as well. When you are crossing the vastness of West Texas, especially, the next gas station can be a long way off; any improvement in extending the range of the bike is a plus.
I went the opposite, down 1 at the front, up 4 at the back (with a 200/55 though) but around here its mainly twisties - as above a wide ratio box would so much better
Hope you all are happy with your bikes. I love mine. I'll make it suit me (as everyone should with their own machine) and I will happily ride it for many years to come.
Love my bike, almost 3 years now and I still can't think of another bike I would prefer (assuming I can only have 1 bike
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