Rode a 2016 1100 Factory today. Wow. Just wow. That bike is something else. It goes with superbike prowess. I was blown away by it. The ride is smooth, supple. Power was excellent. It doesnt have much bite under 3k, but who gives a crap? The mirrors seemed slightly odd shaped to what Im used to, they kinda tear drop a bit towards the stalk. The front end in general felt a bit long, like my position relative to the front wheel. Bars were in a good position. It was upright compared to the 10R, but still forward enough to be aggressive when you want. Power was absolutely linear, but feels like a freight train. It just cranks out speed. The throttle had a bit of play, but my 10R has a Rifleman insert and it feels pretty tight, so everything Ive ever felt seems sloppy. The TC buttons, I kept hitting without knowing I was, theyre right by where you reach for the turn signal. Traction control is adjustable by just hitting a paddle. Really neat feature. The chassis is just phenomenal though. Think it through and it goes. Doesnt fight. Very neutral. Almost instantly felt at home with it. Within 3 blocks. Very very impressed. Next step is to hopefully get a test ride on a Duke this weekend.
Oh, and that sound. Wtf? Its absolutely true when the reviewers question how the bike passed noise emissions. Just wow.
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