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I didn't want to make this thread because I've bugged you guys about buying one of these so much already, but I'm at my whits end here looking for the right bike, so hear me out. The good news is I've ridden one around town and it's great, loved it. But that doesn't tell me much about how it's going to feel after 500 miles.

I make my own seats and I'd be putting a big Calsci on it so comfort is a non-issue, the bike is probably the most comfortable bike I've ridden. What I'm concerned about the overall idea of touring on what's basically a liter-bike. I made a list of alternates including a ZX14R, VFR1200, Ninja 1000, Versys 1000, Hayabusa, Bandit 1250, Blackbird, FJ-09 and a few more. Every single one has a deal breaker for me which leaves me with this dilemma of GSXS or nothing basically. I just can't bring myself to put money down on any of my options, several of which I've already had and sold for one reason or another.

So do things like a light flywheel, short gearing, minimal wind protections and relatively small fuel tank matter? I guess I can only answer these questions but if (and this is a big one) if the GSXS is set up well, does is make a good long distance bike?

Many thanks in advance, I very much hope I end up with this bike so I can return the favor with useful touring mods. I'm clearly a over-thinker and poor decision maker, but I'm crazy passionate about my riding so it is what it is.
 

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I love the bike, don't get me wrong, but you'll need to do a bit to tour any distances with it in my opinion. One more tooth on the counter shaft and maybe some less teeth on the rear sprocket. Need to get it flashed to get about half of the engine brake out. Maybe a more comfortable seat?? There are some bolt on frames available to keep soft bags from getting snagged in the wheel or chain. Don't know if any hard bags are available. Possibly a larger windscreen also.
 

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So nothing inherently detrimental to touring? I'm well used to modding the **** out of my bikes for long distance.

Curious about how less engine braking helps?
 

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I have a Yamaha FJR1300 and I think that the F model of the GSX-S1000 would make a fine touring bike. It won't tour as well as my FJR, but it'd make up for it in the fun stuff. My biggest complaint is the seat, but it sounds like you have that covered. I have the naked, but I think with the fairing and a decent aftermarket screen along with some soft bags and it'd be good for some light sport touring. I know the guys in Europe travel with them just fine and there's a ride report on here somewhere of a guy in the USA doing a tour of Colorado and up to Sturgis on the naked model.

It does come down to a few small concessions but it all depends on what kind of touring you want to do and what you would consider to be acceptable. The right rider for the right rides and I think the F will suit you just fine.
 
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Here's the deal. If you want a comfortable but boring, go with a touring or sport touring bike. (I've had the Honda ST-1300 and others)

If you want a bike that gets your blood pumping at all times, go with the GSXS.

I've put several 8hr days in, and although the seat (I have the Saddleman) gets a bit numb after 6hrs, it's a blast to ride.

For me, the stock gearing works just fine. Also, I have the Ermax screen on my F and I have no issues with the wind unless passing a transport.

Dress it up the way you want it, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. I've had my bike now for 2 years and still love it.
 

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hi, i did a 5,000 km tour last year around our south island just b4 winter onset , approx 10 days, i had throw over saddle bags, pack rack with camping gear, my bike has most of the mods including suspension. i found it comfortable enough ( stock seat) with the mra touring screen, its not fully faired protection, but adequate. i find it a good compromise all rounder
 

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There are plenty of solutions for luggage, and aftermarket screens depending on your preferences. What would be a deal breaker for you for a touring setup?
 

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Some good advice there, all valid.
The one thing that bugs me s getting a wet/muddy back when the weather turns bad. Other than that there isn't anything it cant handle.
If it's pure touring you want there are better options, if it's pure sprorts you want there are better options but if you want to be able to do all of it, rag it like a sports bike, tour like a visitor or just cruise it will do it all reasonably well.
It's a darn sight cheaper than most and that leaves room for a few mods. A nice shock, a taller screen. Whatever tickles your fancy to get it how you want it. There's plenty of aftermarket stuff to choose from.
Oh, and mines topping 200 miles to a tank when i'm touring, that's enough for me and about 160 when I'm playing;)
 

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I don't know how old you are and what kind of physical condition you are. I'm 63 and I have been in better shape in my life namely my back when I was younger. I have done 400 mile days but I didn't have to wake up and do it all over the next day. So for long trips I take my FJ-09, I love that bike. Really only you can answer how YOU will feel after riding back to back to back long days. A young guy in shape can do it no problem but me I prefer my touring bike
 

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Thank you everyone, and I definitely agree about the "fun" comments. I just took a trip on my 919 and although more tiring, I just had more fun, it was more memorable. I too had an FJR and even though it was a missile at 90mph, for some reason it was just boring.

There are plenty of solutions for luggage, and aftermarket screens depending on your preferences. What would be a deal breaker for you for a touring setup?
A deal breaker would be this, having a rough patch thousands of miles from home, tired, and I'm sitting on a sportbike that just isn't the right tool for the job. Every bike excels in a particular environment and you can only spend so much time ripping through a canyon. For me the canyons are hundred and hundred of miles apart.

I guess I could ask, does the bike feel larger than it is on the freeway? Meaning, a 1200cc I-4 bike is probably going to feel pretty relaxed at 70mph, I'm kind of hoping the GSXS's long wheelbase, smooth engine and the high speed stability people rave about would help it out as a touring bike.

I should also point out I'm totally fine with topping out at 70mph just to keeps the revs down and mileage up.
 

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I don't know how old you are and what kind of physical condition you are. I'm 63 and I have been in better shape in my life namely my back when I was younger. I have done 400 mile days but I didn't have to wake up and do it all over the next day. So for long trips I take my FJ-09, I love that bike. Really only you can answer how YOU will feel after riding back to back to back long days. A young guy in shape can do it no problem but me I prefer my touring bike
I've looked at bikes like the FJ-09 and Versys 1000 but my shoulder ache really bad after a couple of hours with my arms up high like that, I also find it harder to get my seat comfortable if I don't have the tank to press my hips into.

So, as far as comfort goes, the GSXS I know will be a perfect fit.
 

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Thank you everyone, and I definitely agree about the "fun" comments. I just took a trip on my 919 and although more tiring, I just had more fun, it was more memorable. I too had an FJR and even though it was a missile at 90mph, for some reason it was just boring.



A deal breaker would be this, having a rough patch thousands of miles from home, tired, and I'm sitting on a sportbike that just isn't the right tool for the job. Every bike excels in a particular environment and you can only spend so much time ripping through a canyon. For me the canyons are hundred and hundred of miles apart.

I guess I could ask, does the bike feel larger than it is on the freeway? Meaning, a 1200cc I-4 bike is probably going to feel pretty relaxed at 70mph, I'm kind of hoping the GSXS's long wheelbase, smooth engine and the high speed stability people rave about would help it out as a touring bike.

I should also point out I'm totally fine with topping out at 70mph just to keeps the revs down and mileage up.
I understand the problem, but the GSX-S is going to be a compromise. I would probably have bought a GoldWing or some other bagger if my main focus was thousands of miles in comfort. On the other hand, I traded a naked for the superior protection and stability doing highway miles on the F.

The GSX-S is a very versatile bike, but master of nothing (except for maybe versatility). :D
 

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I understand the problem, but the GSX-S is going to be a compromise. I would probably have bought a GoldWing or some other bagger if my main focus was thousands of miles in comfort. On the other hand, I traded a naked for the superior protection and stability doing highway miles on the F.

The GSX-S is a very versatile bike, but master of nothing (except for maybe versatility). :D
When the bike came out a lot of people were skeptical about running 5K at 70mph. But since the redline is fairly high, I'm wondering if it really feels like 5K? My test ride was very brief, only a minute or so above 60.

My 919 redlines at 9500 so 5K is definitely not it's happy zone, I suspect the GSXS being a free-revving superbike engine and smoother overall will probably feel better at 70mph than my 919 at 60mph.
 

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5K is nothing for this engine. It starts to get a little buzzier at 6+K, but even then, it's easy for me to ignore.
 

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I am looking for another bike to do some short touring on, keep the GSX of course, and have looked at a couple of more road than dirt adventure machines. I don't want a twin so I looked at a Triumph Tiger 800 XR and a BMW FS 850 GS. I rode the BMW S1000XR nice but too expensive. The triumph intrigues me. Looking for something with more comfort than the GXS but still light enough to thrash around a bit on the B roads.
 

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Well guys, I went for it. A new 2018 in white, got it from a dealer in Vegas for $9400 + tax. I'm having it shipped so I won't see it for a couple of weeks, I'll post pics and ride reports as soon as I can.

Thanks again guys, look forward to contributing as much as I can while preparing if for my trip to California next year.
 

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Great choice , ermax screen, givi tank bag plus kriega luggage , that's how i roll and have done lots of touring , just got back from Ireland a couple of weeks ago fantastic .be of to Italy soon too .. happy riding pal .
 

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Crazy story, the dealer in Vegas was dragging their feet on calling me back and getting me an invoice. I was finally sitting at the bank a day and half later about to run the wire transfer when I had second thought for some reason about the deal. So I stopped the transfer and went home to think about it.

10 minutes later a local dealer I'd been working with calls me up and says he can get me one from Suzuki for $9500 plus tax but no shipping which would have been over $800. Crazy, I pick it up in about a week.:):):):):)
 
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