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Hello all, new member from South Wales. Currently riding a B King but considering something a bit less bulky so the GSXS is on my list, hopefully going to test one this weekend along with a Honda CB1000r. Tried the MT10 last week and didn't like it, too high riding position and a hard narrow seat felt like a motocross bike. Looking for a comfy all rounder, just wondering if anybody else has done the same change and what their thought/regrets were about this. I have heard all the criticisms about snatchy throttles/fuel injection etc and some moans about suspension. My B king is largely standard suspension but lowered 40mm and spring wound off with a touch more damping and it rides beautifully on our pot holed roads. What is the gearing like, B King is 20mph per 1000rpm- 3000=60, 4000=80 etc.
 

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I am on my second GSXS F model and find it to be an excellent all round bike for 12-15k miles riding each year. Gearing is quite low, about 15-16mph /1000rpm in top.

I tried, in no particular order, MT07, 09 and 10. Z900 and ZZR1400, triumph speed triple, street twin, tiger 800, Tracer 700 &900, BMW s1000R, SV650x. My favourites were the Tracer 700, ZZR1400 but I spent my hard earned on the GSXS
 

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I have had both bikes, a B king is hard to beat for a nice comfort / performance ratio.
You will find the gsxs delightfully light feeling compared to the B king.
You will find the gsxs is more abrupt in on/off fueling and probably harsher over potholes.
The biggest weakness I find with the gsxs is the low 6th gear. Gearing commander lists a gsxs speed in 6th @ 4600 rpm as only 65.7 actual mph, whereas my B king geared down -1 +2 is doing 77.2 @ 4600 rpm.

I really like the gsxs except for the poor gearing choices in 1st, 2nd gears ( too high ) and 6th gear ( too low ) for the street.
I'm not sure the comfort level on a gsxs is any better than on the MT 10, I've never been on one..
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Done a thousand miles on mine now , this snatchy throttle I hear about must a set up issue because mines as smooth as silk .
I would say The throttle is quick action and as it came had a slack cable and the usual play in a standard throttle tube which didn’t help . Fitting a nice alloy throttle tube and softer cam has improved the feel , but I’ve done that to most of my bikes , I hate that feeling of play between a plastic throttle tube and the handlebars . Iam tempted to gear it up a little maybe an 18 front sprocket if I can get one , or a smaller rear , but Iam more interested in open road touring type riding.
I test rode the Honda cb1000r , it was nice but felt a bit bland and soulless compared to the Suzuki , but Honda’s all feel like that to me , I loved the looks of the Suzuki both naked and faired , and it feels like it has a soul , a bit of character . Looks are personal I know but the Honda or the yam didn’t do it for me in the looks department .
 

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I don' mind the gearing on the GSXS once you accept the idea of higher revs. Mine's a 2016 and has no throttle issues (I'm one of the lucky ones). I can't compare it to a B-King, but just looking at the specs, I think you will really appreciate the weight, power and nimbleness of the GSXS. My biggest complaint (well, not really a complaint at the price point, just "room for improvement"), is the rear shock. It might be fine if you weigh 200 lbs, but it is kinda brutal on my 150lbs meat over abrupt bumps at high speed (roads around here suck!). I'm swapping my rear shock tomorrow (K-Teck razor), then taking the next day to do some long rides with some friends from work and a friend from Germany, so I will be able to talk more authoritatively on the shock replacement effect.

Bottom line... Try it, you'll like it. ;)
 

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I could be mistaken but it feels like my stock rear shock is softening up a bit after 4K miles. I'll try to be mindful of how it feels as the miles continue to pile up.
 

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I don' mind the gearing on the GSXS once you accept the idea of higher revs. Mine's a 2016 and has no throttle issues (I'm one of the lucky ones). I can't compare it to a B-King, but just looking at the specs, I think you will really appreciate the weight, power and nimbleness of the GSXS. My biggest complaint (well, not really a complaint at the price point, just "room for improvement"), is the rear shock. It might be fine if you weigh 200 lbs, but it is kinda brutal on my 150lbs meat over abrupt bumps at high speed (roads around here suck!). I'm swapping my rear shock tomorrow (K-Teck razor), then taking the next day to do some long rides with some friends from work and a friend from Germany, so I will be able to talk more authoritatively on the shock replacement effect.

Bottom line... Try it, you'll like it. ;)


I threw my rear shock to the absolute lowest setting and it’s pretty nice now, I’m 145 lbs on a good day, if it breaks in more as I ride it’d be even better, only at about 27xx miles


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Test ride booked for tomorrow afternoon


You got self control after I saw the gsxs1000 and the price I only test road it when I was ready to sign papers and That bike was so quick I pulled a little drift outa the parking lot and scared myself ****less


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I threw my rear shock to the absolute lowest setting and it’s pretty nice now, I’m 145 lbs on a good day, if it breaks in more as I ride it’d be even better, only at about 27xx miles


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im 185 lbs been on lowest setting 1 for last 3 years...nice smooth ride and stable at all speeds...1 is also in spec with rider sag for my weight and at 145 lbs youe well in a safe range
 

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I threw my rear shock to the absolute lowest setting and it’s pretty nice now, I’m 145 lbs on a good day, if it breaks in more as I ride it’d be even better, only at about 27xx miles


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My kidneys were growing weary of the stocker (any setting) over the crap roads around here. New shock on today!!!. Just a commute to the shop (they adjusted sag front and rear for me too) and the ride to work and home but infinitely better.

Tomorrow I have a long ride planned with some buds, so a full report to follow. :D
 

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My kidneys were growing weary of the stocker (any setting) over the crap roads around here. New shock on today!!!. Just a commute to the shop (they adjusted sag front and rear for me too) and the ride to work and home but infinitely better.

Tomorrow I have a long ride planned with some buds, so a full report to follow. :D


How much did that rear shock run ya?


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im 185 lbs been on lowest setting 1 for last 3 years...nice smooth ride and stable at all speeds...1 is also in spec with rider sag for my weight and at 145 lbs youe well in a safe range


I’ve learned quite a bit from Dave moss I’ve got static and the correct rebound the actual spring I believe isn’t broken in or it’s just to stiff for me the front I’ve adjusted to the absolute lowest setting and worked back from there al on all I love the ride now but if it just gets a little looser I’d be happy, I’ve never put money into aftermarket shocks on my bikes always exhausts and I just ride it and adjust I’ll have to think about a new shock now maybe the R1 shock after the first set of adapters get delivered


I will never leave anything stock I had my new Toyota Tacoma home for all of 4 hrs and I ripped the bumper off installed a plate bumper and Fox 2.5 external resi’s my wife thought I was crazy but that’s the life I love

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Well I got to ride both the Suzuki and Honda CB1000R and two very different bikes. The Honda was very smooth and good over the bumps and the new display was excellent even if it was a bit complicated but the bike was tall and a hard seat it also lacked the raw gutsiness of the Suzuki which I ended up preferring out of the two. And what the **** is going on with the number plate holder on the Honda, hideous looking thing that has infected from Ducati etc. I now have to make a decision do I really want to change the B King. And just to add no jerky snatchy throttle like the MT10, enjoyed the ride.
 

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Well I got to ride both the Suzuki and Honda CB1000R and two very different bikes. The Honda was very smooth and good over the bumps and the new display was excellent even if it was a bit complicated but the bike was tall and a hard seat it also lacked the raw gutsiness of the Suzuki which I ended up preferring out of the two. And what the **** is going on with the number plate holder on the Honda, hideous looking thing that has infected from Ducati etc. I now have to make a decision do I really want to change the B King. And just to add no jerky snatchy throttle like the MT10, enjoyed the ride.
The exhaust can on that Honda takes the hideousness prize IMO :eek:
 
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