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post #1 of 25 Old 08-24-2019, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hey I’m Dustin from Washington state and I bought a 2018 GSXS 1000 about two weeks ago and absolutely love this bike!! Mods will be coming soon but for now I will just enjoy it the way it is. Would love to meet some local people to ride with if there is any..
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Hi Dustin. Awesome choice of bikes, you'll love it more each day. The bike is great right out of the box, so enjoy. Good to have you along.

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Hey Dustin,
Great to see a Pacific Northwesterner on here. I used to live in Hoquiam and then Olympia. Your 'dry' riding season is short so I hope you get to make the most of it while you can. Looks like you could hop a ferry and get over to Vancouver Island easily enough. Riding the island was great fun, so give that a go sometime. Your bike looks great. Hopefully you get lots of miles and fun from it. Stay dry!
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Hey Iím Dustin from Washington state and I bought a 2018 GSXS 1000 about two weeks ago and absolutely love this bike!! Mods will be coming soon but for now I will just enjoy it the way it is. Would love to meet some local people to ride with if there is any..
looks like the first mod has been done - fender eliminater!
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I will definitely have to make it out to the island sometime one of the ferry’s is pretty close to me.

And yeah I did notice the fender eliminator when I was buying the bike, looks like that’s all that was done that I can see. I will probably do an exhaust first.
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NOOOOO! Not exhaust first. You do shock first. Worst piece of schizen on the bike. Spend the $500 and put a Wilbers on there and then...do whatever floats your boat after that. This is a case of "trust me on this". The OEM shock has very harsh compression (especially high-speed compression) and that will pound your kidneys into submission AND cause the bike to lose contact with the pavement at times, making it unstable and not very fast in the corners.

Think of it this way - the stock exhaust is already pretty 'throaty'. Loudest 'stock' exhaust on a Japanese sportbike I've ever heard! And the bike is already putting out about 145 horspower at the rear wheel, so there is NOTHING to be gained by messing with the exhaust just yet. So...if you have money to spend, that rear shock needs to go. It really is bad. You will thank me once you put in the Wilbers and take the bike for a ride on it. Ahhhhhh...now THAT is how the bike is supposed to ride and handle. It'll make riding Vancouver Island so much more fun! Heck, it'll make every ride more fun.


Okay. Off my soapbox now. Ha! I'm like a former smoker trying to get everyone else to stop, only I'm pimping rear shocks for some reason. I don't even get a kick-back. I really need to re-think my life...
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Lol. Frog, you are so predictable. Do you know anyone that has run that cheapest shock you listed? I am interested in upgrading, but don't want to spend $900.
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Do the exhaust 1st. You want to look good and sound good.
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