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I'm about to do a deal on a black/red 1000F and the problem I have is that I'm unable to bag a test ride as the dealer has one new one (pre-reg) in stock. I've ridden every competitor to this bike from the MT-10, the Z1000, the Z1000SX and the CB1000R - the Suzuki is the one I like the look of best. I found the Kawasaki to be vibey in the upper rev range - is the Suzuki smooth? Any advice much appreciated.
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It is a very smooth motor but there is a bit of vibration around +6000rpm that gets a lot better as the miles build up.

I don't notice it now with almost 15000 miles on the clock - too busy hanging on anyway at those revs.:D
 

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The bar end weights take a lot of vibration out of the bars. I recently switched to light weight bar end mirrors and the vibes coming through are uncomfortable. I'm looking to add some weight back on or change to a better system. Riding the bike stock i rarely noticed much vibration.
 

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I'm in the same boat. I can't decide between the CB1000R and GSX-S1000. I've ridden the CB but no one will let me ride a GSXS. The only issue I'm worried about is how snatchy the throttle actually is. The CB was a wonderful bike and if it had another 20-30hp I'd get it without question. Hard to make up my mind if I can't ride the GSXS.

To me the CB1000R is the safe choice. Reliable, slower, spark plug intervals are crazy long (32,000 miles), runs on 87 octane, but it's just a bland bike. It does everything well, but it doesn't do anything great.

The GSXS on the other hand is a powerhouse. It has a 3 mode traction control standard, ABS optional, spark plug intervals are only 7,500 miles but they're cheap plugs. Runs on premium gas and gets much better mileage than the CB.

To me it's a hard decision to make. I'm lucky I have all winter because come spring I probably still will not have made up my mind.
 

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Kernowjim, I chose the Gixis based on its bomb-proof motor and wonderful handling. With 3700 miles the motor is very smooth unless you're holding speeds well into triple digits (e.g., 120 mph on up). It also gets killer mileage so the range is over 200 miles! But that's me. If you want ground superiority in a naked, look at the new Aprilia Tuono with the class leading electronics, or the Bmer S1000R (too long reach to bars and service costs?), or the Super Duke R with animalistic torque. But as you know these cost more. The only tangible item with the Brand Xs is if cruise control is a deal breaker. I found a $12.00 wrist rest works pretty good for droning the interstate (but again that's me).

ChicagoAJ, Long lasting plugs, why not long lasting valve adjust interval (26,000 miles) like the Yamaha FZ10 or FZ1. But be cautious about a bike like the Honda--it might last forever but what if you become bored? Then what? The Gixis is enough of a beast that I won't easily become bored with it...and in the mean time I have a pleasant bike I can ride and enjoy. And the throttle snatch issue seems a tad bit of a non-issue (verify throttle position indicator, TPI, is adjusted properly).

Gents, good luck shopping :).
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone - I should be able to get a ride on a used unfaired GSX-S today and will report back my findings. I will thoroughly check out the throttle response issue (if there is one)
 

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OK I managed to ride a 2016 unfaired version today, 1200 miles on the clock. I really enjoyed the bike, the engine is superb and so smooth too - no discernible vibration to speak of. I noticed the twitchy throttle but it was nothing I couldn't live with. HOWEVER, immediately afterwards I rode a Yamaha MT-10 and I felt it was the next level in terms of power and as I'm tall, more comfortable for me. So in the end, I decided to go for the Yamaha MT-10. Thanks for the responses and information on the GSX-S everyone.
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Kernowjiim, The MT10 is a great bike...but a full tank can be used in just over 70 miles and 2000 miles and the rear tyre is worn out.....The gsxs is almost as much fun ( change sprockets and im betting its just as much fun) as the MT10 and cheaper. I bought a GSXS yesterday and there is no throttle snatch what so ever, I did feel the vibrations though on my right wrist. I havnt taken it much above 7K revs yet as Im still bedding the piston rings in, but it did feel like a great bike.
I had a CB1000R as a loan bike for a few weeks, its an ok bike for street riding, but start to go faster and it feels restricted as though it struggles to rev, not free reving at all, but it does pull quick upto about 140+mph, wasnt sure if pain or my neck snapping was going to slow me down first from that speed, didnt try it again. bad fuel consumption to
 

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Kernowjiim, The MT10 is a great bike...but a full tank can be used in just over 70 miles and 2000 miles and the rear tyre is worn out.....The gsxs is almost as much fun ( change sprockets and im betting its just as much fun) as the MT10 and cheaper. I bought a GSXS yesterday and there is no throttle snatch what so ever, I did feel the vibrations though on my right wrist. I havnt taken it much above 7K revs yet as Im still bedding the piston rings in, but it did feel like a great bike.
I had a CB1000R as a loan bike for a few weeks, its an ok bike for street riding, but start to go faster and it feels restricted as though it struggles to rev, not free reving at all, but it does pull quick upto about 140+mph, wasnt sure if pain or my neck snapping was going to slow me down first from that speed, didnt try it again. bad fuel consumption to
That doesn't make sense... It feels restricted but then it pulls to 140mph quick, haha. The top speed on the CB and GSXS is only about 150-155mph. I'd likely only do that a handful of times ever so if the difference between the CB and GSX is the difference between getting to 140mph and 155mph I'll go with the CB all day.

The CB also runs on the 87 octane so the worse mileage is offset at the pump. They both get around high 30's to low 40's when ridden hard, which I've seen in reviews.
 

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Kernowjim, I chose the Gixis based on its bomb-proof motor and wonderful handling. With 3700 miles the motor is very smooth unless you're holding speeds well into triple digits (e.g., 120 mph on up). It also gets killer mileage so the range is over 200 miles! But that's me. If you want ground superiority in a naked, look at the new Aprilia Tuono with the class leading electronics, or the Bmer S1000R (too long reach to bars and service costs?), or the Super Duke R with animalistic torque. But as you know these cost more. The only tangible item with the Brand Xs is if cruise control is a deal breaker. I found a $12.00 wrist rest works pretty good for droning the interstate (but again that's me).

ChicagoAJ, Long lasting plugs, why not long lasting valve adjust interval (26,000 miles) like the Yamaha FZ10 or FZ1. But be cautious about a bike like the Honda--it might last forever but what if you become bored? Then what? The Gixis is enough of a beast that I won't easily become bored with it...and in the mean time I have a pleasant bike I can ride and enjoy. And the throttle snatch issue seems a tad bit of a non-issue (verify throttle position indicator, TPI, is adjusted properly).

Gents, good luck shopping :).
Valves are easily checked in a few hours on a lazy afternoon. Same with plugs - but the less work I actually have to do and the less maintenance a bike requires will always win over my heart. I wouldn't ever buy another Yamaha after all the problems I've had with my FZ-07 in my 8 months of ownership even if the FZ-10/FZ1 are the best bikes in the world.

I just don't think I'll ever need much more than 100whp, let alone 150whp+, I like doing 0-60 sprints much more than top speed runs. And the Honda sits right around 116rwhp, coming from 72rwhp - I think the Honda is going to be just right for me. I doubt it'll be a boring bike either, if I can have fun on a CBR250R - I'm pretty sure I'll be able to have a blast on something 5 times as powerful and just as easy to ride.

When it comes down to it higher horsepower rarely nets a noticeable difference in the quarter mile. The CB1000R was reported to run a 10.99 and the GSXS was 10.70. I'm not a track day nut or highway bomber either. So I just don't understand why people want that much power for the streets.
 

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OK I managed to ride a 2016 unfaired version today, 1200 miles on the clock. I really enjoyed the bike, the engine is superb and so smooth too - no discernible vibration to speak of. I noticed the twitchy throttle but it was nothing I couldn't live with. HOWEVER, immediately afterwards I rode a Yamaha MT-10 and I felt it was the next level in terms of power and as I'm tall, more comfortable for me. So in the end, I decided to go for the Yamaha MT-10. Thanks for the responses and information on the GSX-S everyone.
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Was hoping you didn't go with the Mt-10, bc I'm torn between the 2 models myself. Here in the states the FZ10 was just launched so its considerably more expensive than the gsxs. The Yamaha certainly has better electronics, mid range torque(ive read) and its looks are a win/lose depending on who is judging. I think what kills the mt10 is the mpg, at 30 mpg with a 4 -/+ gallon tank, you will never do any real touring having to stop every 90 miles on a spirited ride. Besides that, seems like a sweet bike, hopefully the gsxs with a couple more teeth in the rear sprocket will wake it up.
 

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Was hoping you didn't go with the Mt-10, bc I'm torn between the 2 models myself. Here in the states the FZ10 was just launched so its considerably more expensive than the gsxs. The Yamaha certainly has better electronics, mid range torque(ive read) and its looks are a win/lose depending on who is judging. I think what kills the mt10 is the mpg, at 30 mpg with a 4 -/+ gallon tank, you will never do any real touring having to stop every 90 miles on a spirited ride. Besides that, seems like a sweet bike, hopefully the gsxs with a couple more teeth in the rear sprocket will wake it up.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the GSX-S and in certain areas it is better than the MT-10, for example; brakes, comfort, fuel economy, price...these aren't small details. If the MT-10 didn't exist, I'd be buying the GSX-S. It's just that the MT-10, in my opinion, has more character even if it struggles to do 30mpg UK (even less with a US gallon). The GSX-S is the better looking, cheaper bike and makes total sense. However, I need to 'feel' the bike and I need it to stir me up and the Yamaha does that. If I bought the GSX-S, I'd always be wondering whether I should have bought the MT-10. Yamaha have nailed it with this bike.
 

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Kernowjim, Well, I'm jealous of the MT10s cruise control. I'm still undecided whether it has an aural identity crisis, though, as it sounds to me like a morph between a v-twin and inline multi! Enjoy and thanks for feed back. :)
 

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I run cheap fuel in mine, but in the uk cheap fuel is 95, premium is 98, feels restricted means it feels very vibey when you rev it, as though it doesnt want to, but it does ?
 

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Valves are easily checked in a few hours on a lazy afternoon. Same with plugs - but the less work I actually have to do and the less maintenance a bike requires will always win over my heart. I wouldn't ever buy another Yamaha after all the problems I've had with my FZ-07 in my 8 months of ownership even if the FZ-10/FZ1 are the best bikes in the world.

I just don't think I'll ever need much more than 100whp, let alone 150whp+, I like doing 0-60 sprints much more than top speed runs. And the Honda sits right around 116rwhp, coming from 72rwhp - I think the Honda is going to be just right for me. I doubt it'll be a boring bike either, if I can have fun on a CBR250R - I'm pretty sure I'll be able to have a blast on something 5 times as powerful and just as easy to ride.

When it comes down to it higher horsepower rarely nets a noticeable difference in the quarter mile. The CB1000R was reported to run a 10.99 and the GSXS was 10.70. I'm not a track day nut or highway bomber either. So I just don't understand why people want that much power for the streets.
I also ride a CBR250R and while I enjoy both bikes they are very different, not only in engine size, but in seating position and steering geometry. The Suzuki offers something else - a more relaxed, more commuter friendly posture, combined with the right amount of safety (think ABS and TC). The seat is like an armchair compared to that of a CB.
Also, the torque is absolutely amazing from the very bottom all the way to red line. I thought the small CBR250 was very torquey down low, but the Suzuki's engine is something else. Believe me you will have a lot of fun under 6000rpm, if you don't want to take to its full power, you don't have to. And while 145hp seems like a lot, that is the top end figure, most of us rarely push it that far. I would consider myself somewhat of an aggressive rider, but one must operate within their limits.
One thing people don't mention very frequently about the F version in particular is the headlights. Absolutely amazing illumination, throws light near the bike in front and around you to the sides. I ride the canyons at night as part of my commute and this has been life changing.
I've never had an issue with my throttle. As far as vibrations, may be ever so slightly ~ 6400rpm, but very minimal and it disappears above 7k.
I was hesitant before I purchased, but I am so glad I pulled the trigger and I explored my options outside of Honda. Very comfortable bike, very good breaking power and absolutely amazing acceleration. The engine is no drama, just smooth endless power. ~45 mpg is also something that goes in the pro category for the Suzuki.
Best of luck in making your decision.
 

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FWIW, there is a little vibration around 6,000rpm as noted earlier in the thread, but it disappears by 7000 rpm and the bike is super smooth at 8k, 9k, etc.
 

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Was hoping you didn't go with the Mt-10, bc I'm torn between the 2 models myself. Here in the states the FZ10 was just launched so its considerably more expensive than the gsxs. The Yamaha certainly has better electronics, mid range torque(ive read) and its looks are a win/lose depending on who is judging. I think what kills the mt10 is the mpg, at 30 mpg with a 4 -/+ gallon tank, you will never do any real touring having to stop every 90 miles on a spirited ride. Besides that, seems like a sweet bike, hopefully the gsxs with a couple more teeth in the rear sprocket will wake it up.
What's wrong with GXSS mid range? Mines mental!
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My biggest fear when buying this bike was finding that in a week I would be suffering from buyer's remorse. It never eventuated. It suits me to a tee and i look at the few negatives as things to mod until I'm happy - something I would have done to any bike I bought.

Rather than get wrapped up in paper comparisons, I looked at my list of must-haves and started test riding. I started, and stopped with the Gixxes.
 
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