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|05-27-2017 12:13 AM|
Originally Posted by obijack View Post
My normal ride days are between 5 to 8 hrs. I sold my 2010 gen3 zx10r because I thought a 2016 Suzuki Gsxs1000 would be more suited to the kind of rides I do. I liked it at first but it began to bore me shitless after a few weeks and I really hated feeling like a windsock at higher speeds with the upright riding position, I bought the "F" version of the GSXS because the naked felt unstable to me at speed when I tested it (so did the Ducati Monster 1100 I owned, I don't like nakeds really). I tried a few things to make the bike more "involving"...lower bars etc....nope, just didn't do it for me. I don't go riding to feel like I'm sitting in a lounge chair, regardless of how fast the lounge chair is going, So...I sold it.
Bought a 2014 ZX10...BAM! never looked back, not once. Mine has stock bars and seat and I don't have any issues with long rides and I'm 57 so no springy youthful body here. I do keep pretty fit though and I only weigh 65kgs at 173cm so perhaps that is a factor?? It seems to me that modern sport bikes are made for small sprats like myself whereas modern dirt bikes.......are NOT!! hahahaha.
My experience is that I don't feel the zx10 loses out powerwise anywhere compared to the GSXS1000 (there may be a slight difference on paper? I haven't looked) and clearly obliterates it past 8-9k. For mine, the ZX10 goes just as fast as you twist the throttle which makes it easy to ride in slow traffic (which I avoid wherever possible) if I have to.
|05-25-2017 11:42 PM|
Originally Posted by Petelucherts View Post
That said, my present 'touring' bike is an 04 10r. I've done 14 hour days on it, and I've done an unofficial Iron Butt. Every Fall involves a week long pilgrimage from Canada, back and forth and all around Northern California, and back with a bunch of my buddies. Mileage varies according to the roads, 600 miles on the interstate is a completely different story than 600 miles on back road twisties. Our days are usually 8-10 hours.
After a few minor mod's, I absolutely love this bike for touring.
The single biggest improvement was to build a custom seat that fit me. I'm 6' tall and found that my longer shins lifted my thighs off the front of the saddle and focused weight on my butt bones. I used higher density foam and built it a bit wider and taller at the front, and sculpted it to fit to my natural seated position. Waaaaay more comfortable, and allowed me to better use my core to take weight off the bars.
I also like my leathers for touring. The ones I've got vent really well, and are versatile if you plan for adding and removing layers. I find I don't fatigue or get as sore in them as I do in my textiles. I've got a heated vest and a hyper kewl vest.
For luggage, I like my Givi tanklock tankbag, and I machined a mount to attach a pelican case in place of the rear seat. Not so sexy, but at least I've got room for clean underwear and rain gear, it's waterproof and it doesn't flop around and shift like soft luggage.
A lot of it though comes down to physical and mental conditioning. Having said that, I'm 43 and am not as in-shape as I was when I was a kid, so go figure.
|05-21-2017 08:35 PM|
17/39 is np unless very tight stuff. the z1000 is pos compared to any inline 4 super. Not just the engine, but total design. All tour bikes; all cruisers, all production naked bikes, etc., are a testimony of poor riding skills and a total failure of riders failing to study simple riding books such as Twist Wrist II. Not about racing at all. The perfection of pro racing is not buying a 'hot' bike that looks cool and makes you feel good about whatever imagined, but that the pro guys demand certain handling problems to be addressed. Thank God for the Kenny Roberts as it was that group of ancients that gave us the supers of today.
Do not look anywhere but at the superbike. Don't change the grips or dork anything major. On the other hand, do whatever you want as it's your bike.
|05-21-2017 03:51 PM|
I run -1 and +2 and its lively but not torquey.
The z1000sx looks really nice and they are selling so well in the uk id love one.
Ive heard the suzuki gsxs is a great road bike and i think it looks great in the flesh.
|05-21-2017 08:52 AM|
Originally Posted by Kllongbrake View Post
|05-21-2017 08:40 AM|
Originally Posted by ukzx10r View Post
|05-21-2017 07:00 AM|
Originally Posted by Ninja Johnny View Post
|05-20-2017 08:59 PM|
|scout||Saddle np for me on g4 and I ride a lot. I would hate a bike tour situation.|
|05-20-2017 03:29 PM|
Originally Posted by ukzx10r View Post
|05-20-2017 02:52 PM|
I couldnt think of a worse bike to ride long distance than my bike. I hate everything about it for long distance other than the seat isnt too bad for comfort.
I was thinking last week that id like to get a different bike for cruising on as the zx10 just seems to just be rareing to go all the time and the lack of low down grunt just makes cruising unpleasant.
There are sports bikes out there that beat the zx10 hands down for cruising but thats not why i brought a zx10. I brought one for spirited riding only.
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