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post #1 of 24 Old 11-29-2019, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought a GSX-S1000

After considering all my options there one one obvious choice, and I've finally bought a used GSX-S1000. 2016 in black and red with a Yoshi pipe. Only other mods are the basics - tail tidy, crash protection. Picking it up next weekend. Having been off bikes for about a year I'm more than eager to get back on and can't wait to ride this thing home. Sorry don't have a better photo, they removed the listing before I could grab one.
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Welcome to Our Forum WM,
Big step that, getting a new bike. Always a funny feeling "Have I done the right thing ?", but the first ride home soon blows that away, with your beaut GSX-S1000 a willing new friend.
If you have new tyres, just be a little bit careful on the throttle, and perhaps make sure the traction control is switched to setting 3, the most sensitive till you get to know the bike.

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Welcome, enjoy the bike, it puts a smile on my face every time I throw a leg over it.

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+1 What Packmule said. I'm long overdue for a ride now because it's been way too cold / wet / snowy lately. I hate winter.
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Thankfully it's summer here in New Zealand.... plus you can ride right through winter here where I live.
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+1 What Packmule said. I'm long overdue for a ride now because it's been way too cold / wet / snowy lately. I hate winter.
I had planned a ride today, 60 degrees is almost perfect for me, but directv quit after having it installed less than 24hrs. I now sit here from 12 until 4pm waiting on a tech. I can look at the bike and not ride and look at a tv that I canít watch, what could be any better. lol
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I had planned a ride today, 60 degrees is almost perfect for me, but directv quit after having it installed less than 24hrs. I now sit here from 12 until 4pm waiting on a tech. I can look at the bike and not ride and look at a tv that I canít watch, what could be any better. lol
Nothing worse than wasting the good part of a nice day waiting for a service tech. 60 degrees? I'm jealous of that.
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After considering all my options there one one obvious choice, and I've finally bought a used GSX-S1000. 2016 in black and red with a Yoshi pipe. Only other mods are the basics - tail tidy, crash protection. Picking it up next weekend. Having been off bikes for about a year I'm more than eager to get back on and can't wait to ride this thing home. Sorry don't have a better photo, they removed the listing before I could grab one.
Beautiful bike, enjoy!!

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Mr. @WheatMillington ,
Look at you! Got the best of the lot (2016 'naked' in the red/black). Welcome to the family. Your ride home should be a blast. Perhaps adjust out any throttle slack before you drive off from the dealer. Seems Suzuki puts way too much slack in those cables and it can make the bike seem more 'abrupt' than it really is when coming on throttle from closed.


I liked the suggestion from Rob to make sure TC was in max 'nanny' mode as you get to know the bike. This thing has got some serious get up and go, which makes it a riot to ride. It's comfy, too. Great bike for the money.


Over time you may consider replacing the rear shock with something (anything!) better. The stock unit is fine on smooth roads and a nightmare when the bumps show up; sadly, there is no adjustment to make it better (it has too much high-speed compression yet the shock has no compression adjustment screw.)

Keep us posted once you get the bike and get some miles on it. It would be nice to hear your thoughts.

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Cheers everyone. Like most other people I've read a lot about the shortfalls of this bike (as I do with any bike I buy). I'm just going to ride it as-is for a while and decide for myself what fixes I need regarding the rear shock and the twitchy throttle.


My biggest regret with motorbikes is selling my old Speed Triple (picture below) - among other reasons I was tired of the harsh shock, which like the GSXS had virtually no high speed damping. In retrospect I should have kept that bike, which I picked up for a bargain, instead of triggering a series of expensive bike changes. All the Speedy ever needed was less than $1,000 in a shock to be a near-perfect bike.


I'm hoping the GSXS lasts me a long time, which means I'm prepared to spend some money getting it just right. As far as I'm concerned, once you've chosen a style of bike, the engine becomes the most important factor. Anything else can be changed, to an extent, but you've gotta live with an engine. There are few bikes I'd chose ahead of the GSXS in terms of engine alone (only a Tuono 1100, and maybe a Superdule, but never ridden one).
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