Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Rep Power: 1
6 months along (GSX-R1000L8/9)...
Well, it's been almost 6 months now since I bought the bike and now it's up on the stands all settled in for the winter, which by the way, has almost 'not' happened. Right now it should be right in the depths of colder, wetter weather (July being our wettest/coldest month) but with a few days to go til then, we've been having plenty of warmer blue sky days - unusual but not rare though. I went for my last ride about a month ago, and what a great ride it was, with a couple of friends. Right now I've put front and rear stands under it, lifting both ends off the concrete floor, tyre pressures checked, sealed off exhaust can and air intakes, it had new oil in it recently and the other day I bought some fuel stabiliser and in the next few days I'll fill the tank with gas - done for the winter...
It has been a great summer of riding for me and I've got to know the bikes handling quite well now. I've had the front wheel off the road a few times just through sheer acceleration both off the mark and from simply whacking open the throttle in lower gears at low to moderate speeds and the traction control and associated stability has probably saved my neck on a an occasion or two. Sometimes staying at legal speeds is all but impossible (in the mind department) on this bike and others like it I guess, so a quick flick on the throttle every now and then can relieve that temptation - oh boy can it ever... If there's one thing that continually amazes the heck out of me, it's the great handfuls of power this bike seems to possess and throw at you when you call for it with the right hand,, it seems like never ending power. Those Bridgestone RS10's, which I knew nothing of back then, have also really impressed the heck out of me. They still have plenty of life left in them, so when summer rolls around, I know I can trust them..
All in all I can only sum this bike up by saying that this is by far the greatest bike I have ever owned and ridden and apart from the few quick turning issues I had for the first few initial weeks (until I simply tuned it out of the suspension set up), I really got to know and use the excellent handling and the scorching power of this amazing sports bike...
Oh, why am I hanging up the helmet over winter..?? Two reasons,,
1). I never did by the GSX-R simply to ride, ride and ride. I bought it mainly because it was always a bike I wanted to own. Now I do own one, so I just want to take some pleasure in actually owning it..
2). Being a builder, an 'older' builder, I have torn or damaged muscles that I didn't even know existed. Both arms and both shoulders have been popped over the years and now I get cramps, some real bad when temperatures get cold. On the very last ride, although the ride itself was fantastic, I had a cramp in my lower right leg as the day was getting on into late afternoon. It was hurting so much that when I came to the last stop sign before I got home, I thought I would have to step off the bike and drop it. Luckily the pain went as fast as it came, right at the last second. That's the warning sign that it was going to play up over winter - like it does every year. I've had a few of these cramps since as things cool down, so I'm sure I made the right decision to hang up the boots and helmet until it's a lot warmer.. See you all next summer...!!!