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Long term GSX-S1000 review

My ownership of the GSX-S 1000 has just clicked a little over 3 years and 45,000 km. As much for my own fun as anything, I decided to review my thoughts and experiences over that time. Ownership and the reasons for buying one are naturally a highly personal one but hopefully, I've quantified the reasons for my comments. Hopefully, it's been a worthwhile exercise.

Here's the link: https://geoffjames.blogspot.com/2018...rm-review.html .

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Dang, it's still November 2 here in Virginia. It's like reading something from the future. I hope it's good news...
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Dang, it's still November 2 here in Virginia. It's like reading something from the future. I hope it's good news...
Sorry, Trump is still here on November 3rd
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Nice retrospective! Thanks for taking the time to write and share. I definitely agree with you on the OEM tires (err, tyres).

I, too, reflect on the "emotional" aspects of ownership. I traded in a Buell 1125R for this thing, and I definitely gave up some character. I also gave up a lot of headache.

Before the Buell it was a Ducati Monster. A few, actually. I have an affinity for twins; the roar and the torque... The engine braking, and the low and resonant exhaust note. It's a beautiful thing. Those bikes are needy, though, and I have grown less tolerant of needy things as I've gotten older.

Given where I am in life, I need something reliable and easy. Between family, career, and other pursuits, I am done tinkering on bikes. I just want to ride, often on a moments notice, and I don't want any drama.

And, sometimes, I want to go fast.
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Nice retrospective! Thanks for taking the time to write and share. I definitely agree with you on the OEM tires (err, tyres).

I, too, reflect on the "emotional" aspects of ownership. I traded in a Buell 1125R for this thing, and I definitely gave up some character. I also gave up a lot of headache.

Before the Buell it was a Ducati Monster. A few, actually. I have an affinity for twins; the roar and the torque... The engine braking, and the low and resonant exhaust note. It's a beautiful thing. Those bikes are needy, though, and I have grown less tolerant of needy things as I've gotten older.

Given where I am in life, I need something reliable and easy. Between family, career, and other pursuits, I am done tinkering on bikes. I just want to ride, often on a moments notice, and I don't want any drama.

And, sometimes, I want to go fast.
Thanks for the kind words!

Hahaha! Sounds like we have very similar philosophies! I quite like cleaning the bike as it's therapeutic but like you, I just want to ride the thing. I live in a beautiful part of NZ but it's out in the boondocks. Takes me a couple of hours to ride to a decent dealer in one of the cities for service work or new tyres. Not that I'm complaining about riding but there are only so many hours in the day and sometimes it takes a bit of juggling with all the other stuff going on.
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Sorry, Trump is still here on November 3rd
Oh here we go. You just had to huh?
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Nice in-depth review. I think if you owned the "F", you may have become more emotionally attached. JK!
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Nice in-depth review. I think if you owned the "F", you may have become more emotionally attached. JK!
Thanks Mike. Nice try, but having owned multiple faired bikes, a naked is a nice point of difference. Not least keeping my speed down
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Similar experience with the tyres, Stock, then Roadtec 01 and now Road 5's. Tyres can make or break a bike IMO.

I loved the roadtecs (55 profile rear) they felt very natural and had more grip than I have skill.

Changing to Road 5's was a shock, almost fell off the tyres, they are much quicker on tip in but after 5000miles I think they are actually better than the Roadtechs.

Mine is the F and never had the snatchy throttle thing, HH pads improved brakes massively, my next mod is braided lines.

Thanks for an honest unbiased review
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