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post #11 of 25 Old 11-26-2019, 03:49 AM
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Can they be found cheaper? Yes. I'm not sure about CA, but you should be able to find them for around $10k or less for leftovers. But if you like it, buy it. I could've paid around $8k but had to pass it up due to other obligations. A year and a half later, I bought mine for $2k more. The only time I think about it is when people ask what I paid for it. The rest of the time, I'm just enjoying it. Just glad to be back on 2 wheels.

As for the gearing, V-twin vs inline 4 so it's meant to be revvy. Wait until you pin it past 7k. Holy shi!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The point is, don't feel like you walked away from a great deal and have that regret like you won't find that kind of deal later. You can and will find better deals, so walking away from that one should provide no regret, it might have been a good thing in the long run. But yea, get the bike.

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Thanks! I think you're right about the learning curve. I think part of it is me just being used to 5-6k RPM approaching redline. A bit of personal reprogramming needed there.
Yep, Thats all it is...! Typical predicament of anyone moving from long stroke motor into a short one.
Now pick one up and rev the [email protected] out of it. The motor will thank ya..
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Welcome ROHD's,
How many bike's will be in the Garage then ? You can only ride 1 at a time as you know. I've bought multiple bikes simultaneously, but always found one bike was the preferred one, and the other just had to be ridden for the sake of it.
Sounds like your pressed for time with a young Family, and you'll be shelling out money every payday for a depreciating asset.

I presume you are looking at the Naked, or is it an F ?
I find with my Naked, that I would never be comfortable riding at those Freeway speeds that you quoted. A stock F would be pressed as well with the stock screen.

The Naked is a very much a point and squirt sort of bike, brake and squirt again, a race replica with bars, hence the close gearbox ratio's. (Any canyon's in Calif ?)

That's what I use mine for, it's not a Suzuki Bandit or a Hayabusa.
They may be what your after if I could suggest them to you, especially the 'Busa if you want to tour on a sportsbike or the Bandit 1250 if you want the bars and a very upright ride.Both have greater wind protection over the GSX-S.

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THANK YOU, ALL, for all your input. It really has helped make me feel better about the situation. I know this is silly to say, but one of the reasons I was focusing on this particular bike is the excellent forum community here. It definitely makes things easier.

For anyone wondering, I did not go back today to make the deal. I actually woke up feeling horrible and spent the entire day in bed with a barf bucket (sorry if TMI), due to what seems to be a nasty bout of food poisoning from the little taco shop I went and ate lunch at after I walked on the deal. I'm not sure if that is some sort of sign, or if it is, what kind of sign, but I will certainly be holding off for a while now anyway.
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I find with my Naked, that I would never be comfortable riding at those Freeway speeds that you quoted. A stock F would be pressed as well with the stock screen.
I thought the same for my naked when I first got it. Especially switching back and forth with the FJR and it's fairing and giant windscreen. In fact, I most enjoy the GSX-S off the highway. However, it only took a few commutes to work before I was comfortable with those speeds with the naked. Maybe, just maybe, even a little faster on the Texpress lanes in the morning.
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Welcome ROHD's,
How many bike's will be in the Garage then ? You can only ride 1 at a time as you know. I've bought multiple bikes simultaneously, but always found one bike was the preferred one, and the other just had to be ridden for the sake of it.
Sounds like your pressed for time with a young Family, and you'll be shelling out money every payday for a depreciating asset.

I presume you are looking at the Naked, or is it an F ?
I find with my Naked, that I would never be comfortable riding at those Freeway speeds that you quoted. A stock F would be pressed as well with the stock screen.

The Naked is a very much a point and squirt sort of bike, brake and squirt again, a race replica with bars, hence the close gearbox ratio's. (Any canyon's in Calif ?)

That's what I use mine for, it's not a Suzuki Bandit or a Hayabusa.
They may be what your after if I could suggest them to you, especially the 'Busa if you want to tour on a sportsbike or the Bandit 1250 if you want the bars and a very upright ride.Both have greater wind protection over the GSX-S.

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Just saw your response, Slower. It would be bike #2 , at least for now. And I suspect the old HD would not get much play time at that point. Due to the family situation I will not be doing much touring in the next decade. My bikes are more for short blasts around town, and probably some canyon time for the suzi, of which there are plenty around these parts.

I was looking at the naked. I've never ridden a bike with a fairing or windscreen, and my bikes have always run ape hangers on top of that, so I am pretty accustomed to the wind blast. This bike actually felt much easier to keep into the wind on due to the leaned forward seating position and lower bars.
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Like Slower said….something like a Bandit 1250, or similar, is more of what you would want. This one is based on racer....the GSX-R1000.....it may not be so radical, softened for the streets, but it shows the DNA....and it is not exactly user friendly....
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Get one, but a better deal could be had. You have a bike for comfort. This is actually my comfy bike. I have ridden 300-400 miles in a hit, just stopping for gas. Search out a better deal, but get one if you can convince the wifey!
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ROHD, I geared my F model taller by going one tooth bigger on the front sprocket and one tooth smaller in the rear (an added benefit of that combo is that I didn't need to re-adjust the chain tensioners afterwards). I also swapped for a 190/55 tire on the rear. Overall gearing is now much more highway-friendly. Also, highway fuel economy has improved about 10%. First gear is now admittedly rather tall, but that's only a bit of an issue in stop-and-go traffic, which I hardly ever encounter. Btw, my F model will do 85-90 mph for extended periods quite comfortably, wind blast is not the problem at those speeds that it would be on a naked.
As far as whether the S1000 is right for you, it just does so many things very well - it's a natural choice for sport-oriented riding or just easy putting around town, or even commuting - I commute on mine (it's an awesome commuter) and then just ride like a slowpoke on weekend day-rides (I'm too old to be ripping around like an idiot on a 150 horse machine).
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