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post #101 of 132 Old 06-25-2017, 03:48 AM
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"If anyone is interested I can write a little review and explain my reasoning"

Yes mate, please do write a short review. From what I've seen on here, I think you can ride, probably better than most and I can vouch for the efficacy of your revised rocker arm plates

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"If anyone is interested I can write a little review and explain my reasoning"

Yes mate, please do write a short review. From what I've seen on here, I think you can ride, probably better than most and I can vouch for the efficacy of your revised rocker arm plates
Thanks. I really wanted to talk about it because it left such an impression on me.
Just a few people on here might slate me for reviewing a suzuki without being asked.

First thing about it i would say is it looks cheap when your up close to it. The frame welds are horrid.
Theres no rear hugger so dirt will cover the shock area.
The seating position is nice and i found it quite comfy riding along.
The seat is better shape than the zx10 and moving around on the bike is easier than zx10 and you can really get tucked in nicely at speed.

But then riding it i noticed straight away the throttle and cluch response is horrid.
I struggled to pull away nicely and even stalled it trying to pull away from the lights.
The fly by wire throttle is jerky and the bike surges forwards and back when cruising in traffic.
The next thing i noticed was the brakes.
What the hell are suzuki doing with their brakes? Ive never ridden a bike with a brake that needs to be pulled half way back to the bar to even start working.
The dealer said all abs suzukis are like it.
Its terrible because if you have to brake suddenly nothing happens for a fraction of a second.
In this time you cover a few meters at high speed and i ran wide a couple if times because of this.
They are powerful brakes when you squeze them though.
Next thing was the harshness of the engine.
The vvt rattles when the bikes in gear.
The vibrations are evil and my hands were buzzing after the ride.
Its very noisey and rattly bike and nowhere near as smooth as the latest zx10.
The engine has good midrange grunt but after that it didnt feel any quicker than a zx10 and its a very bland power curve up top. Nothing seems to happen appart from noise.
The bike doesnt want to change direction and i didnt hit the lines i was aiming for.
Then the worst part of it all was the head shakes.
I had a head shake straight away when riding hard.
Then i had two more tank slappers and they were so bad i had to pull over and try adjust the damper but its non ajustable so i litterally took the bike straight back.
I was so unconfident riding it i was expecting to crash at any time.
I would expect it would be a little better on a smooth race track but its nowhere near a match for the zx10 let alone a s1000 that its supposed to be aiming to beat.
So glad to get back on my zx10 after.
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Maybe try the new FireBlade.

It has got a bad rep since the TT and NW200 but haven't heard issues beyond that with owners.

Think you're set on the S1000RR though so maybe get that.

Have you tried a Gen.5 ZX10R?
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Interesting that the end can has been changed from stock, I reckon it hasn't been mapped in everything on those is in that large can so it's more dramatic when changing it out. The vibration & piss poor throttle response are characteristics of running lean through the range that's my guess anyhow.
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The vibration & piss poor throttle response are characteristics of running lean through the range that's my guess anyhow.
Also a condition of removing the secondary balancer shaft which Suzuki have done chasing BMW power.

Many said same of S1000RR that it is a vibey bike.
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The vibration (I'm pretty sure) is from the bike having no counterbalancer. It's like the BMW and doesn't have one.

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No balance shaft Christ I get white finger just thinking about that LOL
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Maybe try the new FireBlade.

It has got a bad rep since the TT and NW200 but haven't heard issues beyond that with owners.

Think you're set on the S1000RR though so maybe get that.

Have you tried a Gen.5 ZX10R?
Yes i tried a gen5 but didnt think it was as good a road bike as the gen4.
It seems to have less grunt than the gen4 and is a screamer which is not ideal for raod riding.
Brakes are not as good on the road and have less feel but are better at high speeds.
But its very smooth and i found the quickshifter worked very well.
Id love to try gen5 on track to compare.
The s1000 is definately smoother than the new gsxr and less viby.
But the s1000 model i rode is probably 4 to 5 thousand pounds more than mine to buy so i can warrent that much extra money
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The vibration (I'm pretty sure) is from the bike having no counterbalancer. It's like the BMW and doesn't have one.
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Yes i tried a gen5 but didnt think it was as good a road bike as the gen4.
It seems to have less grunt than the gen4 and is a screamer which is not ideal for raod riding.
Brakes are not as good on the road and have less feel but are better at high speeds.
But its very smooth and i found the quickshifter worked very well.
Id love to try gen5 on track to compare.
The s1000 is definately smoother than the new gsxr and less viby.
But the s1000 model i rode is probably 4 to 5 thousand pounds more than mine to buy so i can warrent that much extra money
You could always get the remainder on finance. Most dealers would go for that if you part ex.

I would definitely try that new Honda though. Think it's probably best all rounder of the new Superbikes.
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