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Hi all, iv had my heart set on a new model gsxs 1000 since they came out, unfortunately I rode a 2012 cbr1000rr a few times in the last week and I'm starting to wonder about a proper sports bike now,

In real life out on the road how does the gsxs fare when up against sports bikes your cbrs gsxrs and s1000rrs?

I currently ride a 1991 gsxr 7/11, its hard work riding with the boys and I'd always be struggling to keep up, I'm sort of nervous now to still be paddy last all the time, last one to the cafe buys the breakfast means it's always my round 馃槖

Here's some on board and what the general stupidity is of a spin

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as someone who's had like 5 sport bikes and 2 gsxs.
I would never go back to a sport bike for street.

the gsxs has the comfort, power, and rideability.
sportbike, is fun, for a track.
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I have had many sport bikes, like GSXR鈥檚 ZX-10R鈥檚, etc. The biggest difference is comfort. The GSXS is an upright comfortable sitting position versus crouched over like a jockey. There is no question that with a full exhaust system and ECU flash the GSXS can keep up with your friend鈥檚 bikes, especially if you are riding mostly straight roads. However, if you ride a lot of twisties, or long spells of high-speed straightaways, the more radical seating position and wind protection of a sport bike is called for.

Judging from the video, I think you would be more happy with a sport bike like your friends.
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Depends on how quick you and your mates are, I run a panigale v4 as well. With most of my mates the gsxs is fine against they鈥檙e bikes, but then there鈥檚 a couple on decent sportsbikes where a similar bike is needed 馃榿
My last bike was an '99 R6, oh it felt good at speed but it was a lot of work on the street and 4+ hrs on it was too much fatigue. The gsxs doesn't have that effortless cornering but its not so bad- its A LOT more comfortable, and with suspension upgrades equivalent to what had been done to the R6 its a good substitute. I wouldn't go back to a crotchrocket on the street- holding the crouch is awesome on the fast roads out in the sticks for the first few hours and then I start hitting the wall and it makes me wonder why the **** am I riding anyway. And they're prone to being downright miserable in stop-and-go commuting.. the gsxs balances easier in the pauses or at stopsigns, ridiculous torque so less shifting and it scampers pretty well coming off an entrance ramp.

I find getting leaning inside the turn and finding the balance between pivot steering vs push-under is complicated compared to the R6- that f'ing thing just went like a rocket on rails. It took me easily a year of riding and slow tweaking to really meld with the R6, I'm getting used to the gsxs a lot more quickly.
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We run quick enough, but I'd do the odd ride with road racers and if you were on a m1000rr you wouldn't keep into them on a 400 obviously not looking for that performance just want to be able to hang with sport bikes at like 80%
We run quick enough, but I'd do the odd ride with road racers and if you were on a m1000rr you wouldn't keep into them on a 400 obviously not looking for that performance just want to be able to hang with sport bikes at like 80%
Judging from that video, it looks mostly open throttle with kinks. A true sportbike would probably be better for you at those elevated speeds. The GSXS1000 is more of a slow to mid turns where you can lay the bike over for long periods of time.

This is a video of where I used to frequently ride (Highway 29, on a road that has 270 degree turns) when I was in college.

Personally I would simply not ride with sportbike riders on such a fast road. It's just too fast and too dangerous, and getting an even faster bike means the results of a mistake are much worse. At some point, you'll just have to pony up the considerable expense for a trackday and have at it with whatever sportbike you have with you. For instance, if your GSXR1100 is working fine then just take a trackday instead of buying a GSXS1000 (unless you find one at an excellent price, of course). I've ridden a 1992 GSXR750 many years back and I think they're very ridable on both the street and the track. It's not like your cornering speed is so much lower than a modern bike but to truly enjoy your bike you have to spend at least some money on a trackday.
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When your mates pulling a wheelie near the cafe just nip round him and pin it remaining as wide a you can on the road for the rest of the ride. Unless he's suicidal he will not be able to pass you on that type of road with blind corners. I've had an R1, S1000r, GSXR750/1000 and GSXS1000 and in a straight line fast sweeping bends you'll not be able to keep up on a naked unless youve got a neck like Mike Tyson!
I would never ride a super sport bike in the streets like the GSXR1000, Honda 1000RR blade, Kawasaki H2, BMW S1000RR, R1, etc.
Those bikes are for Track entertainment, better entertain yourself playing Russian Roulette with a revolver.

Also, those roads are very dangerous, anything can happen for a big surprise and get killed. You can hit a car passing another car in the opposing direction and you get direct face collision, gravel, an object in the road, an animal crossing, a person crossing, etc.

Using the public roads as a track is very dangerous business. Lots of people get killed and more likely you will get pulled over by the police.

Good luck if you get a bad wobble in the streets, more likely you are going to hit a car and may get killed.

The GSXS1000 is a very forgiving bike, very comfortable to ride, very suitable for streets, very safe, very reliable and very affordable.

But if you want to be like your friends, burning tires, doing wheelies, speeding like a maniac and risking your life by all means get the faster sports bike in the market, get a million dollar insurance and do your estate planning.
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Well i pulled the pin on the gsxs 1000 , hope to have it during the week, the 7/11 has let me down again so its fix it up and retire it to an easy life of nice handy spins.
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Congrats. I'm sure you will be happy with the new bike. Let's get real: A 150HP naked bike is never going to be slow. You may be a tick slower in the corners, but you won't need to visit a Chiropractor after every ride or stretch your limbs at every stoplight.
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From what I saw, these bikes would be more than capable to keep up, if not be faster than those guys. I never saw anything that these bikes couldn't handle with ease. Depends on your riding skills/guts. That isn't worth getting a sportbike. Those guys weren't even close to the potential of a sportbike. (no offense).
From what I saw, these bikes would be more than capable to keep up, if not be faster than those guys. I never saw anything that these bikes couldn't handle with ease. Depends on your riding skills/guts. That isn't worth getting a sportbike. Those guys weren't even close to the potential of a sportbike. (no offense).
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Have it home now lovely bike to ride even though I'm still doing break in milage, makes a nice companion to the 7/11
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