So far I’ve only had a 30 mile test ride on a demonstrator, but the differences are clear. The riding position will take a little getting used to, leaning into corners while being a bit more upright is a bit strange. The throttle response was excellent, smooth and predictable under all conditions and the active suspension coped perfectly when I took it down some pretty poor B roads. Sure, it is a bit more ‘tour’ than the GSX-S, but with 165 horses on tap it’s still got plenty of ‘sport’ too! It’s a pretty confidence inspiring bike and seemed easy to flick around even though it was a new bike to me. I’m certain that with a bit of experience it will be more than a match for the GSX-S.
I was planning on test riding the XR and the MT-10 SP, but didn’t get as far as the MT-10 before making a deal on the XR.
The price difference is certainly a factor, but you do get a lot more for your money. For me, the difference to recommended retail price wouldn’t have been worth it, but with a quarter end deal to be had, I paid nowhere near the £15,700 list price of my bike.
2015 GSX-S1000FA L6 in Glass Sparkle Black / Candy Daring Red