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Aloha all!

Having been a long-time stalker on the bylanes and alleyways of gsxs1000.org, I think it’s finally time to emerge from the shadows and embrace the warm sunlight of the gsxs fraternity!

In Jan 2017, I discovered that it's faster than a speeding bullet. The crouching tiger, hidden dragon in red and black looked lightning fast standing. And in that instant, the na'vi in me was bonded to my toruk (please excuse Avatar references :nerd: ).
I come from India, which is a huge market for motorcycles. 17.6 million 2-wheelers were sold in India in 2017, of which 11 million were motorcycles. By comparison, the US bought 487,000 motorcycles in 2016. So as you can see, motorcycles are a part of everyday life in India (understatement!).

Let's go back, though. Rewind to 2005, when I was in my mid-20s. Having ridden all over India through my engineering and business school days on a pint-sized 110cc Kawasaki Caliber, I was ready to hang up my biking boots. Moving to the capital (New Delhi) and having begun professional life with a respectable corporate job, I thought I had matured, grown up. Then, Hero Honda (one of the largest Indian motorcycle manufacturers) launched the Karizma, a 223cc 'sportbike' that personified power and speed. And of course you could have it in red! With one test ride in March 2005, I was smitten. It was sinful, this heady cocktail of raw power and refined all-day touring comfort. I clearly remember thinking, life will never be the same again if I don't join forces with this tour-de-force of engineering excellence. Thus began the second chapter of my biking life.

Many miles later, in 2010, I had to re-visit the painful decision of retirement, and this time it was for real. It was time to part ways with my trusted steed, the Karizma. The travel pressures of a consulting job left no room for the biking pleasures of a motorcycle man. Thus, I moved on with life, traveling, working, missing (my ride).

Years passed, and my work and travels brought me to the US. As I settled down and struck roots here, I realized that the laws of physics, aging and culture were different here. In this land of the free, middle-aged professionals needn’t renounce their wide-eyed boyhood dreams. Immaculate conception happened and the seed of two wheels was once again planted in the fertile embryo of my juvenile mind. This was followed by fervent research, and the application of statistical and spreadsheet tools to zero in on the ‘perfect’ bike for me. A complex linear programming solver model implemented in Excel guided me irrevocably and unequivocally towards one choice: the GSXS-1000F. Thousands of Youtube videos and rideapart articles later, motorcycle maintenance classes had been taken, dealers had been contacted, deals negotiated, winter timing finalized as the best time to score a deal, and voila – I was at Motorcycle Mall in Belleville, NJ, gaping at the new-born brute in shining black and red armor!

That first ride home on a cold 42 F evening went from 15 miles to 45 miles in the blink of an eye. The jump from 223cc to a liter-bike turned out to be so much more than I could ever have planned for. The ride from Jersey City, NJ to Rhode Island on a blustery Jan morning was a saga of re-discovery, but that is a topic for another story, another day. I now reside in beautiful New England, pushing the limits of winter riding and reveling in the miles of back-country byways that RI, MA and CT have to offer. If I have a regret, it is that I haven't encountered a single other Gixxus in all my time here - hoping that this beginning here will put an end to that!

And friends, that is how I was born, yet again.
 

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That just doesn’t happen in the biking fraternity. Everybody knows biking will keep you young.
Quite agree, I'm in my 76th childhood.:D
 

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Wow. I have an FJR1300 and had a GSX-R750 prior to the GSX-S1000 and this bike totally blew me away and put a huge grin on my face.

But from a 223cc bike to this? Geez, I bet your coworkers wish you'd shut up and stop talking about the bike and get that permanent grin off your face. That's like going from setting off firecrackers to nuclear weapons.

Congrats on the ride, I'm quite certain you are enjoying it.

Oh yea, and I too watched a crap ton of videos trying to make my choice.
 

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Welcome sritwik! Great story! That Karizma looks a lot like a Ninja 250. Great little bike. I had a Ninja 500 for a few years and loved it.
Your in-depth analysis with a speadsheet came to the same conclusion as my internet searching did after I saw one at a dealer and sat on it. Once I finally got a test ride, I knew it was what I wanted, and now, a little less than a year later, I'm still convinced it's the best all a-rounder for the money (and maybe for any money). Looking forward to your posts!
 

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Great story! I am always on the look out for the next bike, but, there is nothing out there right now that could replace the gixxus.
I live in plymouth, ma and would be happy to get our bikes together for a ride if you are ever up this way. It's amazing to me also that I haven't seen another gixxus on the road in the 2 years i've owned mine. Other bikers just don't know what they're missing.
Please feel free to get in touch with me!
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Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.
@mike d - thank you. Yes, it's a single so am guessing it's derived from the Honda CBR250r. We got my wife a 2012 lime-green Ninja 250 and that twin is so much fun higher up in the rev range. But that's a whole other story... :D

Beaker wrote Quite agree, I'm in my 76th childhood.:D

@dekker - you're my hero!

live in same area also...some day well we will meet for a coffee or what ever the hxll you drink ;)
Great story! I am always on the look out for the next bike, but, there is nothing out there right now that could replace the gixxus.
I live in plymouth, ma and would be happy to get our bikes together for a ride if you are ever up this way. It's amazing to me also that I haven't seen another gixxus on the road in the 2 years i've owned mine. Other bikers just don't know what they're missing.
Please feel free to get in touch with me!
Bret

@LEAVEITSTOCK, @Bemil - yes, would be great to catch up and do a ride some time! I'm looking out for good weather (i.e., north of 45 deg F and dry. Hopefully, no salt on the roads). Let me know if one of the coming weekends looks promising for you guys and we'll stitch it together.

So long folks, see you around!
 

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Thanks @gixxerjasen. Yes, it's been a total blast. Have racked up 5,000+ miles thus far, many of them boring interstate miles but some have been more fun than others. Bear Mt near NYC offers some great winding B-roads, and so too do some of the state routes here in New England. However, 30mph and 45mph speed limits are a kill-joy.
 

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Hope to make it as far as you have!

Beaker wrote Quite agree, I'm in my 76th childhood.:D
Nice to know that you still ride, and do wish you the best in good health for all the years to come.

A couple of years ago an local elderly rider (much older than you/80+) passed away (natural causes at home as far as i know), yet he rode every day with work as a courier and real estate signing agent until it was time to depart.
He rode a Kaw/Concourse.

Sure hope to ride until the time comes as well;)

PS : Nice posts (all 10 of them)
 

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firecrackers to nuclear weapons. (that's funny/cool)

Wow. I have an FJR1300 and had a GSX-R750 prior to the GSX-S1000 and this bike totally blew me away and put a huge grin on my face.

But from a 223cc bike to this? Geez, I bet your coworkers wish you'd shut up and stop talking about the bike and get that permanent grin off your face. That's like going from setting off firecrackers to nuclear weapons.

Congrats on the ride, I'm quite certain you are enjoying it.

Oh yea, and I too watched a crap ton of videos trying to make my choice.
Ye this bike is a do it all (street obviously), commute/work/cases, canyon blasts, etc........

On a different topic like to pass along this info; (notice you also ride dirt) have you tried the moto z rear tractionator desert H/T ?
and goldentire (" the Fatty") 90/100/21? both of these are real nice (specially with the nutech tubeless system)
Been using them on wr450f & the dr650 (modified for offroad)
this dude has tons of great vids "adventure oz/youtube (trials & hard enduro)
 

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What prose from an engineer! My research narrowed the choices to the Ninja 1000, FJ09 and GSXS. I didn't employ quite the same digital and statistical analysis, but came to the same conclusion. Welcome to the forum!
 

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What prose from an engineer! My research narrowed the choices to the Ninja 1000, FJ09 and GSXS. I didn't employ quite the same digital and statistical analysis, but came to the same conclusion. Welcome to the forum!
Well alright, I may have stretched the truth a bit there No math, just a table with filters was my weapon of choice. The Ninja was more expensive for less handling prowess. While the tech and tiring ability were good, it was also heavier and higher, which worked less well for my 5'7" frame. Thanks G-dub!

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I consider most GSX-S aficionados as somewhat special. It is definitely not going to win any Miss America pageants for bikes, but for those who know bikes and know what they want, and want a light weight do-it-all high powered, and comfortable street bike, how many choices are there? Then consider cost? There are a few in it's class, but Suzuki nailed this niche (even though it's small).
 

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Wow what a story! I knew India had a lot of bikes - but that many! It's amazing! Glad your enjoying your bike and hope you continue to do so for a long time.
Regards from Sunny Australia 🇦🇺
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Yep

I consider most GSX-S aficionados as somewhat special. It is definitely not going to win any Miss America pageants for bikes, but for those who know bikes and know what they want, and want a light weight do-it-all high powered, and comfortable street bike, how many choices are there? Then consider cost? There are a few in it's class, but Suzuki nailed this niche (even though it's small).
Glad not to see many negative comments as there use to be when i first joined, and finally make a first post to defend this kind, sweet machine (had to get some miles first to make sure/47k review).

It will be nice to post a 100k review when the time comes (haven't been riding as far for the last year/from 180 miles / day to 120 or so (half year), so am only up to 59k (did ride the other bikes at times, and the suv when needed to pick something that could not be carried on the bike)
But am very confident that it will keep on performing very well (at 59k, still has the same power as at any other previous period).

Even on TC 3 (once in a while will set it to see all the/blinking areas that in 0 or 1 spins leaving the ripples/fishscale from the power at the rear.


Fun, fun bike (feel like a kid on the Honda 50 cc/nice memories)! :)
 

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It is definitely not going to win any Miss America pageants for bikes
Not sure if you've been looking at any of the bikes coming from the big four (Suzuki, I'm looking at you here) but they are ugly. I'd say at least the naked GSX-S is MUCH better looking than a lot of stuff out there, and if she doesn't win, she's number two or three. To me these bikes are hot.

Well, once you remove that hideous rear fender they are hot. :D
 

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the naked,s S are the best looking bikes around..i agree..i want a motorcycle that looks like a motorcycle.not something that looks like a transformer or a bird...not something thats a chore to change oil or clean...thats if you clean.....i want a girl with a long jacket
 
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