I brought my new-to-me 2018 Matte Black (ABS) model home from the BMW dealer today. Turned off the traction control before I left the lot.
I pledge to disable the ABS. Never had it or needed it in all of my riding days.
I got pretty good at locking up both brakes simultaneously on my ZRX1200--an effective way to slow a bike if you don't slide far on clean, dry pavement, contrary to much popular belief. And I never did. Yes, I am a relic. Old fart. But maybe that is misleading. I almost NEVER need to panic brake. It is a sign of bad judgement, imho.
Used bike, 7500 miles, $9K out the door. Has a tail tidy, which I am not fond of.
And a little vestigial windscreen, which I will also remove. But the previous owner at least put on frame sliders, something I don't object to, but hope to never use. (I have a fairly good record with that.) I live about 50 miles from where I bought it. I was surprised by the vibration. I will have to check whether the previous owner numerically raised the gearing. Overall, my GW250 is a LOT smoother. Seriously. Ha, ha.
Oh, this is an intro about me as well. Okay. I have been riding since age 13. Have owned about 38 bikes. Mostly used, cheap bikes. Only bought two new bikes. A naked 2003 SV650. And a BKing. BKing was a pussycat. This bike snarls a bit. More abrupt. BKing had a broader torque output. Could spool up the rear tire without too much excitement. If you have tons of money, I would
recommend buying one, but in addition to your GSX-S 1000.
I told my girlfriend that this is probably my last bike purchase. Men die a lot younger than women. I am 59. What else? I live in Northern California, the newest third-world country. I think we have had about 13 days in the last 30 without electricity. And more than that without interweb access.
I had hoped to NOT buy a Ventura rack/pack with this purchase, but it looks to be so difficult to otherwise attach a pack containing much tire-repair stuff and riding layers on the tail. But I need to space my purchases, else I will feel poor.
Anything else? I think a 180 vs the stock 190 would please me. And I plan to buy Shinko Ravens to replace the stock stickier tires. On the street, sticky tires are for people with more money than I. Sport-touring tires are quite adequate. I guess it depends on one's perspective, though. If you think racing on the street is a good idea, then race tires are probably okay. Me, I can tolerate some slippage. I'm just a street rider.
Okay. This forum seems to be less active than others I have experienced, but I am thankful for the forum's existence. Administrators have a mostly thankless job. But they make modern bike ownership a lot more pleasant. I am happy to be here. And I will behave. I swear. I am not a trouble-maker. Just an old fart.