<---- Anxiously awaits Simpson's review of his test ride on the 1125.
Just got back from south side harley...
After collecting my thoughts, its seems the comparison of the S3 and 1125R something like comparing apples and oranges. Reason being the 1125 is a sport bike and the S3 is an "open standard", but I'll still do it regardless. Even drove the S3 to the shop to get the best on/off thoughts.
When first sitting on the bike, I was so excited with anticipation, I had some small butterflies. The bike looks menacing like the Ninja ZX14.
Lets cut to the chase on the stack-up
Butt Dyno: The current published dynos should support my butt's feelings
S3 - Lots more low end Torque. The S3 makes great power at 2-5k rpm.
1125 - Little more high end "power". Strong power band is at the 7-9k rpm area. Low rpm is sluggish compared to the S3.
1125 - Is a bit smoother into the corners. The low center of gravity is like butter. Bike has a confidence inspiring feeling when leaning.
1125 - Very sensitive braking. Seemed smooth but a learning curve would be required to modulate safely in aggressive maneuvers.
Definitely a smoother shifting bike than the S3. 3S can get "clunky".
The S3 is light years smoother than the twin. Yeah, i understand its a twin. After you hit 6k the bike shakes pretty hard.
S3 - Relaxed more upright
1125 - Typical sport bike position
The 1125R seemed like a neat concept but because of the comfort level, I can't imagine a person piling on the miles due to the vibrations and riding position. This is a riding style choice and mine is one of a more relaxed nature. Some would prefer these attributes. I just wasn't blown away with the power. In fact, the power delivery of the S3 far smoother while maintaining a higher output in the first moments. They both can easily wheelie in 1st and 2nd gear. Although S3 jumps up much faster, while the heavier feeling 1125 is slow climbing. Probably due to the torque curve.
Rode home today feeling my life could still be complete not owning this machine. Considering this is a sport bike and i was looking to buy something similar, the competition would be the R1, CBR1000 or others. In this case the 1125R would not be my first pick. Might actually be far down on the list due to cost, reliability and performance.
In all, it was fun ragging out/ doing wheelie's on a 13,000 bike for free.