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I just got back last night from a 2 day bike acquisition mission in Georgia, got this new 2018 gsxs ( woo hoo ! ).
Always a fun event. Haven't ridden it at all yet, just removed the tank stickers and getting ready to replace the white crap on the chain with something that won't gum up everything nearby.
Oh dear, was that thunder I heard?

My bike: Current weather: Maybe tomorrow...
 

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I finally got to ride today, tried in the AM and started getting sprinkled almost immediately, came home after 18 miles and ominous clouds.

Went again about 7 PM and now have a big 56 miles on the odo :|

Hate these fricken break in miles, but nice to be reminded why I like these bikes ! :)
 

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The break in is a long debated subject ... best article I read in one of the bike mags, Sport Rider or Cycle World, etc. had a great comparison. Took 2 brand new 4 cylinder bikes, zero miles, and one they broke in according to manufacturers recommendations, the other rode flat out with no concern for “keeping it under 6,000 rpm”. After X amount of miles, they disassembled both motors and took various measurements of wear. There was no discernible difference between one or the other.

It was the best conclusive article on the subject I have seen. So don’t be so kind to your new bike! Gas it and enjoy!
 

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I think the break in period does extend past the motor. The biggest part is the Rider.
Some people just don't run in the tyres, and ride with careless abandon. Suspension is another thing that beds in after a fair while.
The 'getting-to -know-you' period is to be enjoyed and careful running in keeps the 'just new' feeling of 'something more is to come' that little bit longer.

Rob.
 

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Yeah, I like to take a middle of the road approach between the factory warnings and the ride it like you stole it school of thought, I won't hit redline much for the first couple hundred miles anyway.

I also find it's annoying the bike usually doesn't run and shift as well until it has a thousand or so miles on it, though.

I wouldn't even buy a new bike if I could find a decent used one when I want it., but my taste in bikes makes it hard to do.
 

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Yep, I had the exact same model and traded it in on a gsxr, which I like but miss the gsxs for its comfort and general ease of operation, plus I want to do the exhaust and reflash since I like to tinker.
Lately I sold my ktm 1290 so decided to return to the gsxs 0:)
Congrats and welcome back... Quick question? Which version of the 1290 did you have?
 

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I had a 2016 Superduke R.
Nice bike, but I decided I like the Gsxs better in some ways.
I've not ridden the 1290 SD but I do find it intriguing. Would you mind giving a comparison on your likes and dislikes between the two.....
 

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I've not ridden the 1290 SD but I do find it intriguing. Would you mind giving a comparison on your likes and dislikes between the two.....
Happy to oblige:

Attention at bike night: SDR wins. I especially like my black one, not a fan of the flashy orange one.

Comfort: Its a draw for me. SDR has a firm flat seat, much more comfortable in the long run, but the back cylinder broiled my rt upper thigh in traffic. Seat height on SDR a bit much for my 31" inseam. Also the kickstand is so long you have to be careful when parking on some surfaces.
GSX seat presses on a nerve in my seating anatomy that causes my man parts to go numb in a short time. Disconcerting. Working on a fix. This happens on other seats sometimes so not totally unique.

Performance: This is a draw within my test parameters. The SDR takes off fast but the front wheel spends so much time in the air, the GSX catches up in 3rd gear. I ran a roll on with both bikes many times between an approx. 1/8 th mile space. With speedo error equal at 6.5% fast, the terminal speed is very nearly the same between the two. The GSX does not lose. With both bikes I just set the TC on the least intrusive setting and hang on. I prefer the much less wheelie prone GSX when trying to accelerate.

Gearing: SDR wins with a great long legged 6th gear and shorter 1st and 2nd. If the GSX had a comparable tall 6 th gear I would sprocket it down -1 +2 and be happy as a clam.
However, I was surprised to find I couldn't go around a corner in town on the SDR in 2nd gear without the motor lugging. The GSX wins in this aspect.

Shifting: The SDR has one of the smoothest shifting gearboxes I've seen. Win for the SDR.

Plastic gas tank on SDR: potentially trouble prone, mine was showing a decal starting to lift under the clear coat, probably due to expansion/contraction. I had two Ducatis with plastic tanks and they both had a replacement recall due to swelling issues. IMO good to avoid plastic tanks.

So I had the SDR for 2 trouble free years, it was fun, but I'm looking to the GSX to fit between my Bking and my GSXR 1000 as the light and easy to ride one as I hurtle down the aging process.

Edit: both bikes factory stock, my GSX is a 2018, SDR a 2016..

Dan
 

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Shifting: The SDR has one of the smoothest shifting gearboxes I've seen. Win for the SDR.
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I always appreciate comparisons between bikes. It helps to keep things in perspective. I will say, I was very surprised to hear you favored the SDR gearbox over the GSX-S. The GSX-S is one of the smoothest shifting bikes I've owned, so that SDR must be a dream to toe a lever on! Once you've ridden a bike with a really smooth gearbox, it is so hard to go back to something clunky and 'notchy'.
 

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I always appreciate comparisons between bikes. It helps to keep things in perspective. I will say, I was very surprised to hear you favored the SDR gearbox over the GSX-S. The GSX-S is one of the smoothest shifting bikes I've owned, so that SDR must be a dream to toe a lever on! Once you've ridden a bike with a really smooth gearbox, it is so hard to go back to something clunky and 'notchy'.
Yeah, Frog,
I see others report super smooth shifting on their GSXS 's , I haven't been so lucky, I've had some notchy upshifts on all 3 of my bought new 2018 Zooks, 2 2018 GSXS's and one 2018 GSXR now.

Fortunately they do get better after a thousand miles or so break in, but of all the bikes I've owned over the years, my 8 Zooks have never been my favorite shifting bikes...
 

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That's amazing. I've owned 16 bikes and the GSX-S is the smoothest shifting one of the bunch. My 2006 FJR1300 was probably the 'clunkiest'. The first to second shift was never 'good' feeling to me. And I bought the bike new, so it wasn't something a 'previous' owner did to it. I'm sure it was fine, it just didn't FEEL fine (to me.)

Suzukis just seem to be smooth to me. I've had some SV650s that weren't as silky smooth as my GSX-S, but still pretty good for a low dollar bike. My friends 1998'ish GSX-R750 was also a very smooth shifting bike. His 2000 GSX-R1000 was a smooth shifting bike, too, but it had so much power, shifting felt optional.

I'm glad you shared your experiences. It just shows that we all perceive things differently and what seems great to one guy might not seem that good to someone else.
 

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Mine seems very smooth, although the shift from neutral to 1st seems to have more or less clunk depending on the temp and oil quality/viscosity I use. That seems to be the true with all the bikes I've owned though...Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda. I haven't owned any EU or American brands though, so I can't compare.
 

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That's amazing. I've owned 16 bikes and the GSX-S is the smoothest shifting one of the bunch. My 2006 FJR1300 was probably the 'clunkiest'. The first to second shift was never 'good' feeling to me. And I bought the bike new, so it wasn't something a 'previous' owner did to it. I'm sure it was fine, it just didn't FEEL fine (to me.)

Suzukis just seem to be smooth to me. I've had some SV650s that weren't as silky smooth as my GSX-S, but still pretty good for a low dollar bike. My friends 1998'ish GSX-R750 was also a very smooth shifting bike. His 2000 GSX-R1000 was a smooth shifting bike, too, but it had so much power, shifting felt optional.

I'm glad you shared your experiences. It just shows that we all perceive things differently and what seems great to one guy might not seem that good to someone else.
Jeez, Frog, thanks for making me feel even worse about missing yours by a week when it was for sale :) :) ..

Seriously, one of the main reasons I traded in the first Gsxs in was its tendency to miss going into 2nd gear sometimes, can't stand that kind of treason.

This 2nd one is looking pretty good though, it's a bit peppier , and so far I don't detect much of a midrange lull on this one either. The throttle is non problematic either. It's just a little notchy shifting, which I hope will get better after a few thousand more shift repetitions, then it will be all titties and beer !
 

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Titties and beer...that's awesome! Yep, get in the break-in miles, change the oil to synthetic (Shell Rotella 6?) and then live the dream. From the posts, I'm starting to wonder if I've just lucked out with my tranny? First time I rode it (I bought the bike used with about 600 miles on it) I was just amazed at how smoothly it shifted. Just figured everyone was having the same experience. I guess not.
 
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