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post #1 of 22 Old 12-23-2018, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Best Xmas EVER...

I haven't been into this forum for a good handful of years now, since I sold my last bike (Honda 919 Hornet) which I loved,, nothing outstanding but so neat to just ride for the fun of it. I sold up because of that worldwide recession that hit around 2009, which left my business a bit worse for wear, but we survived although business has never been the same since. I did promise myself though, that I WOULD be back on a bike when the time suited it. This whole year I've been getting that age old itch again and way back in April my brother and I took some time out and went into town for a look at what was around in the bike shops. I've been watching lots of YT video clips and had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to look at but I wasn't prepared for what actually turned up. Our first call was at the Suzuki shop (we decided to visit all Japanese bike shops). There we both looked at the more sports-touring bike and looked over the GSX-S1000F, hmmm nice but the headlight area needs a newer better look to it. I noticed I couldn't see any GSX-R1000's,, I wanted to just look at one in the flesh to see what all the fuss was about with this new series, I made the comment to my brother that there weren't any there, then the owner of the shop spoke up "Yeah we got one over there",, "where",, "over there, the red one",, "ahh I never thought to look for a red one, my apologies - oh boy, now that looks smart, but red, that unusual for a GSXR isn't it?",, "a little but there it is,, wanna sit on it?",, "naa, that would be dangerous, I might what to buy it, and 200hp sports bikes are a bit much for an old b*stard like me",, "oh b/s you can handle one of these, besides don't I know you guys, you've been in here before haven't you,, I recognise your faces from the past..!!" By this time my mouth was slobbering over the R1000 and I sat on it..!!! I left the shop with a sly grin on my face saying to the owner - We'll be back at when the time is right, we promise...

Our next shop was Kawasaki. Boy oh boy - new bikes everywhere Z1-900's Z1000SX, that's a real beauty sports tourer, oh I like that,, also the new Z900 (not the Z1-900 replica but the new 900 naked). Oh heavens, I am in love with this bike,, also the new ZX10 Ninja, very WSB sports orientated, perhaps too much for me but oh so sexy looking.

Next, Yamaha.. Wow, look at that R1 and R1M, dear god, gimme.. Also their range of tourers, so impressive...

Last Honda.. Oh I love the CBR-1000's, all 3 different models. Also I love the CB1000R naked street. How about one of each - hahahaha...!!! Oh boy we have missed out on so many new bikes...

We visited a few of those bike shops over the winter here (middle of the year) but never stopped thinking about when the sun would shine nice 'n' bright again (summer), then it would be time to buy. With the end of November came the annual bike show, needless to say I was there with my brother and we licked them chops good and proper for the whole time.. We decided to both go for the Kawasaki Z1000SX in the coming days, but a family tragedy stopped us mid stream for just on a month now.

I dreamed about the secret love for my Ultimate bike and then when we were ready to pounce, I heard that our local Suzuki Summerfest was up and running. Boy do they have some super deals at times... This one grabbed me - GSX-R1000 down from the usual $24,995 (our local price), down to $19,995. Holy heck, that was enough to tip the scale. To heck with practicality, I want that GSX-R1000, and NOW...!!! We went to many shops on the Saturday just gone but all had sold out. Did I wait too long..?? I forgot all about that shop I first went to, so on our way home we called in and only the GSX-R1000R was left, also discounted by 5 thousand dollars - now $24,995.. Then, there he was, the owner... "Ahhh, you did come back afterall, Take a look at this"... There it was again, my lovely red GSX-R1000 but wait, what's this...!!! Only $17,995 to special customers - brand new too... SOLD...!!! I said I would have to buy it in the new year, if he could hold it... DONE...!!! Secured with a small deposit...!!!

Now all I have to do is wet myself for the next week or two, dreaming about my new bike. I just can't believe my luck. The best Xmas EVER...

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I haven't been into this forum for a good handful of years now, since I sold my last bike (Honda 919 Hornet) which I loved,, nothing outstanding but so neat to just ride for the fun of it. I sold up because of that worldwide recession that hit around 2009, which left my business a bit worse for wear, but we survived although business has never been the same since. I did promise myself though, that I WOULD be back on a bike when the time suited it. This whole year I've been getting that age old itch again and way back in April my brother and I took some time out and went into town for a look at what was around in the bike shops. I've been watching lots of YT video clips and had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to look at but I wasn't prepared for what actually turned up. Our first call was at the Suzuki shop (we decided to visit all Japanese bike shops). There we both looked at the more sports-touring bike and looked over the GSX-S1000F, hmmm nice but the headlight area needs a newer better look to it. I noticed I couldn't see any GSX-R1000's,, I wanted to just look at one in the flesh to see what all the fuss was about with this new series, I made the comment to my brother that there weren't any there, then the owner of the shop spoke up "Yeah we got one over there",, "where",, "over there, the red one",, "ahh I never thought to look for a red one, my apologies - oh boy, now that looks smart, but red, that unusual for a GSXR isn't it?",, "a little but there it is,, wanna sit on it?",, "naa, that would be dangerous, I might what to buy it, and 200hp sports bikes are a bit much for an old b*stard like me",, "oh b/s you can handle one of these, besides don't I know you guys, you've been in here before haven't you,, I recognise your faces from the past..!!" By this time my mouth was slobbering over the R1000 and I sat on it..!!! I left the shop with a sly grin on my face saying to the owner - We'll be back at when the time is right, we promise...

Our next shop was Kawasaki. Boy oh boy - new bikes everywhere Z1-900's Z1000SX, that's a real beauty sports tourer, oh I like that,, also the new Z900 (not the Z1-900 replica but the new 900 naked). Oh heavens, I am in love with this bike,, also the new ZX10 Ninja, very WSB sports orientated, perhaps too much for me but oh so sexy looking.

Next, Yamaha.. Wow, look at that R1 and R1M, dear god, gimme.. Also their range of tourers, so impressive...

Last Honda.. Oh I love the CBR-1000's, all 3 different models. Also I love the CB1000R naked street. How about one of each - hahahaha...!!! Oh boy we have missed out on so many new bikes...

We visited a few of those bike shops over the winter here (middle of the year) but never stopped thinking about when the sun would shine nice 'n' bright again (summer), then it would be time to buy. With the end of November came the annual bike show, needless to say I was there with my brother and we licked them chops good and proper for the whole time.. We decided to both go for the Kawasaki Z1000SX in the coming days, but a family tragedy stopped us mid stream for just on a month now.

I dreamed about the secret love for my Ultimate bike and then when we were ready to pounce, I heard that our local Suzuki Summerfest was up and running. Boy do they have some super deals at times... This one grabbed me - GSX-R1000 down from the usual $24,995 (our local price), down to $19,995. Holy heck, that was enough to tip the scale. To heck with practicality, I want that GSX-R1000, and NOW...!!! We went to many shops on the Saturday just gone but all had sold out. Did I wait too long..?? I forgot all about that shop I first went to, so on our way home we called in and only the GSX-R1000R was left, also discounted by 5 thousand dollars - now $24,995.. Then, there he was, the owner... "Ahhh, you did come back afterall, Take a look at this"... There it was again, my lovely red GSX-R1000 but wait, what's this...!!! Only $17,995 to special customers - brand new too... SOLD...!!! I said I would have to buy it in the new year, if he could hold it... DONE...!!! Secured with a small deposit...!!!

Now all I have to do is wet myself for the next week or two, dreaming about my new bike. I just can't believe my luck. The best Xmas EVER...

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thanks for the reply mcromo44 and Bigdaa (I love the Clint and that 44 in your pic),,

Extra to my original post (forgot to add as I had to shoot up town for yet more Xmas spending - no not bike stuff,, food etc for tomorrow, Xmas day),,

I forgot to say - my brother also did exactly the same thing but he got a GSX-S1000FA. He got his orders from his wife that as long as it had a good enough seat for her on the back, go buy a bike like your brother is, so his final choices boiled down to the Kawasaki Z1000SX or the Suzuki GSX-S1000FA. He loved the Z1000SX but ultimately chose the GSX-S1000FA which came fitted with a Yoshi muffler and also got given a few accessories free to match my deal because both bikes were the same price, so he too joined in the Suzuki Summerfest and with us two together, there's always more bargaining power. I stuck to the standard muffler because I have a slight problem with the hearing in my left ear and don't want to aggravate it any further with a Yoshi. I've torn muscles in both legs and have ripped muscles in both shoulders in the past 6 or 7 years. That's what being a builder also does to you..

Funny thing was, we also went past the bike shop so we called in to show his wife the new toys. She's happy but when she saw mine, she asked my brother "how come you didn't get a bike like Al's?". He soon showed her why and they both agreed - a good wise choice, plus brother just can no longer handle the sports drop handlebars because he gets numb hand(s), sore shoulders and back etc when leaning that far forward,, which I don't really get..

Anyway, must get ready for Xmas day, which is only 9 hrs away for us (we're right on the International Date Line, so we're first to get the new day). I hope you ALL have a great Xmas and no doubt I'll have some progress to report soon enough..
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Congrats! I had no idea that a new bike was that expensive, I've always been a used car/bike guy myself.

So you went with the sport bike instead of a standard? I've never ridden a sport, got pretty used to the feel of a standard.

Glad to hear your business is doing better, a lot of people were hurt in the 08 melt down. Still waiting for someone to get in trouble for that.
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I'm not sure our friend is from the US. I have ridden the gsxr1000r and it's quite a machine. It has a lot of mid range and it pulls strong all the way to the top. It's actually pretty comfortable as well. Brakes are like 5 times stronger than the 919. Half a single finger pull can engage the abs. And of course, it does power wheelies at over 100mph. Only downside is the giant exhaust can

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Congrats! I had no idea that a new bike was that expensive, I've always been a used car/bike guy myself.
Normal price of ABS model here (New Zealand) is $24,995 - remember this is only the difference between your US dollar and our NZ dollar's spending power. The price I forked out was $17,995 (the same price as the GSX-S1000FA) - brand new too, that's a huge discount. Can you now see why I think it's the best Xmas EVER. If the bike in US was worth say $14,000, the discounted price would now bring it down to $10,000 give or take a bit of pocket change,, almost 30% discount (without using a calculator)..

GSX-R1000R is approx $28,000 or $29,000 (can't recall) but on the same day, a bit earlier, I saw and nearly bought one of these, also new, for $22,500 discounted.. Still another fantastic deal for its saving,, but the deal I took was so much better from a dollar saving point of view, so I grabbed it...

Cheers... If you haven't had Xmas yet, I hope you do real soon. Me, I have had a bit too much to eat - need to rest for a while - hahahahaha...!!! See you real soon...
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Update (Jan 03 2019)
Hope the new year sees us all safely through 2018 and into 2019...

Well, Xmas is out of the way now, as are the new year celebrations and statutory days off etc and today is our countries first official normal trading day of the coming year although many companies are still on holiday for a week or two more. I went to the bank a couple of days ago and lined up the funds to pay for the new bike - oh how difficult it can be to draw from a time investment term policy - I mean, it's my money, right..?? They made it sound like they were doing me a huge favour by letting me get my hands on my money. Yeah I know the terms and conditions etc of such an account but there's no need to rub it in like they do. I just smiled during the transaction - Huhhh, banks.. My brother will pay for his bike in the same manner from his bank. They will both transfer from our accounts directly to the bike shops' account when I get back to them with their account details, so today's duties include contacting the bike shop and arranging the purchases and rego for the 2 bikes, making sure thy're ready to ride away when we come in. We will pick them up hopefully in the coming week. Why wait 'til next week, I hear you ask..?? Hehe, I have to admit something. We have nowhere to park them. The garage is so full of crap and junk that we now need to clear as much of it out as humanly possible. As of this morning, that is now in motion and is going to take a good few days to remedy. Hey, that's what happens when you're both builders and have your own business and work together and live under the same roof,, and you sold your last bikes a few years back, there's all the spare room, so why take the tools etc out of the van and around to the shed at the end of each day when there's a half empty garage right infront of the van now,, huh..!! Well, that's our excuse anyway. Our lack of foresight has let things get away a little. We were sitting there on Xmas afternoon letting the lunch settle when the thought of making room in the garage suddenly entered my mind. I literally jumped up and said "hey, sh*t, we have to clear out the garage to make some room for the bikes",, brother answers "jeez, that's a good point, hmmm, I suppose we'd better get stuck in - ahh - tomorrow",, me "yeah, tomorrow, it's Xmas day".. Well, tomorrow has gone on for a week now - hahaha..!! So, today it begins, we've got it all planned out just like we'd plan out one of our regular jobs, only, we don't get payed for this one...!!!

I'll get back to ya soon..

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The GSX-R1000/A is now in the garage alongside the brothers GSX-S1000/FA. What did I think of it..??

Well we both got a lift into city to the bike shop from a good friend and fellow bike rider, who told his boss (who also rides bikes and knows us too) that he was taking us in because that we were buying bikes, and he said "Yeah ok, sounds like a good call".. It's the middle of summer here and still getting warmer by the day and today was very 'warm'. We arrived at the shop and signed the deals and they rolled the bikes out onto the street for us. They explained the engine modes and traction control to us both and then we shook hands and got underway. The first thing I noticed was that the throttle had a mile of slack in it before it took up and I thought that was the right recipe for stalling the engine on the first intersection onto the main road, which I did, making a monkey of myself in front of the bike shop owner. I hate slack on the throttle. At each set of lights from there (which there were many of), it took some navigating with that throttle and clutch take up. I continually over-revved or under-revved, either nearly stalling or nearly taking off for parts unknown, then while leaving the last set of lights and entering the motorway, I got it all wrong with a bigger handful of revs and found out just how quickly the power can come on, nearly running wide to the edge of the road,, then we were on the motorway and I began using the throttle in a better manner, but the mirrors were all over the show, couldn't see anything except sky in the left one and tarmac on the right one. I tried to move them while on the fly and partially succeeded. I settled down with a nice breeze in the face and as I sped up I lowered the visor and began to use the gearbox a bit. I set the engine mode to "C", much less power,, and traction was set to 5. To tell you the truth I expected to feel a bit more roll on 'get up and go' in 5th and even 6th but it felt quite tame. I chopped it back down to 4th at about 80 kph (50 mph) and gave it a short squirt and it nearly took off on me.. Wowww, it's got horses just waiting to be let loose alright, don't worry about that.. For me though, even at motorway speeds, that throttle slack was pissing me off a bit while I danced up and down on the gear shift as much as possible during the break-in first few miles and without exceeding approx 5500 rpm in lower gears at any time, even though Suzuki recommends up to about 7000 rpm maximum. I was not using the clutch while changing, never do on any bike. It's very easy to do once you learn how to and you can change gear very quickly this way, but I had to revert back to using the clutch to cut out the whiplash affect brought on by that throttle slack, a lot better. All too soon, our turn off exit was now right in front of us so we got off the motorway and I tipped the bike over slightly as we went around the slight bend in the exit road. Wow number 2,, this bike has lightning fast turning. Lean it even a just little bit and it goes into its own lean and corners its own way around the corner,, geez that is quick. It almost scared me when it went over but felt so stable and deliberate.. Ok, a bit down the road, around a corner or two then around a round about and we were home. Good lord, I really enjoyed that ride home, BUT, I need to fix that throttle. I also needed to get out of that all that gear, I was really starting to overheat while waiting for my brother to find his house keys then lift the garage door. I got off the bike ran inside and stripped off. Our friend pulled up a few seconds later and we all went inside and had some lunch. After that, our friend left and brother and I started setting each bike up to our own liking. Fist thing on my list was that damned throttle, then tire pressures, then a tiny tweak on the front and rear damping. We then thought about heading back out for another quick squirt down the road to get more miles on the clock but I was actually overheating quite bad and so was my brother, so we cancelled that idea for now. Maybe on Friday as we have to go and do some quotes for work tomorrow (even though we are taking January off), then we are heading back into town in the car to get tank pads to stop any scuffing on the tank by leather jackets etc, and maybe some of those crash protector thingy's that screw onto the frame and swing arm etc, and also a couple of axle stands of some description.. Then maybe on Friday, the sky is the limit...!!!

Am I happy..?? Naa,, I'm over the freakin moon...!!!

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Well, yesterday I took it out for its first back road fling, along with my brother and his new toy, just to clock up some kms (or miles, whichever you prefer). No, not some knee scraping experience but just to put it through a bit of test riding, after all, as well as clocking up mileage I have to get used to the bike too, don't I.? Lower gears, higher revving, and tap dancing on the gear shifter was the order of the day, especially for those early days and miles. That doesn't mean thrashing it to death in 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc though, no way, more so that I'd keep it in a lower gear than normal riding but those slightly extra revs would also be better for it at this point in time. That and not breaking the speed limit, or at least trying not to..

Once in the countryside, each time I lined up on a corner I'd change down as I got closer, trying to avoid flicking the throttle when changing down as it might not be the best thing to do on a new engine, but old habits die hard don't they..? Going around small tight curves is real easy and a very smooth affair on this GSX-R. The nervous cornering I experienced on the way home the other day is more than taken care of by riding that throttle immediately after any breaking into the corner, all you have to make sure of is your lean angle and to use that throttle accordingly, honestly, it's like normal riding on any other bike you ever owned, only a little bit sportier. Any nerves on this bike from the other day are now 'gone with the wind' that blew past me on this ride. During the ride I used the revs vs gear selection wisely, thinking more of the future after the run-in, rather than the moment right then. It is so tempting to open that throttle but both of us have to run the bikes in right now. Enjoyment can come later. The gear changing is starting to show signs getting easier, as it was a little tight and clunky a couple of days ago (brand new on the way home). I am also positive that the engine is showing early signs of freeing up a tad, yes even at this early mileage. The ride was short and sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It only lasted for between 1/2 & 3/4 of an hour but right now it's all about quality over quantity. You know, the trickiest part of the whole ride was about 20m/yds from where I am sitting right now. There's a slight rise on our road outside our home and it's on the inside of a right angle corner, and there's a few cars always parked along both sides of the road ever since a bunch of younger guys shifted in to the house across the road, so turning into our slightly uphill driveway is a very tight turn. You have to get this right first try. Apart from that, what a sweet little ride...!!!

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Glad you're liking the bike. Those were some hefty walls of text. My friend owns the 2017 1000(R) model with the extra electronics and it is quite a riot. It was doing power wheelies at the end of second gear at like 100 something miles an hour. And the brakes were fantastic as well. It's a lot of bike for the money.

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Glad you're liking the bike. Those were some hefty walls of text. My friend owns the 2017 1000(R) model with the extra electronics and it is quite a riot. It was doing power wheelies at the end of second gear at like 100 something miles an hour. And the brakes were fantastic as well. It's a lot of bike for the money.
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I've never been into lifting the front wheel. Ok, I've done a few over the years but they've been more from the bikes power, not my effort and and no more than about 18" max (just enough to let you know - careful boy, careful) and only for the blink of an eye. I've seen how easy this bike is supposed to lift up and I hope I don't experience any or many of them - hahahaha.. As for the brakes, I've also been reading and watching YT videos about mushy brakes on this bike but if the other day was anything to go by, these brakes are brilliant. I was following my brother and thought he was about to overtake a car when he changed his mind, but I had changed down and started to open the throttle and the pulling power had kicked in, so I grabbed a ahold the of front brake lever (only with 2 fingers as per usual), and gave a small but meaningful squeeze and the front wheel almost locked up, giving off a brief low moan almost squeal. There's NOTHING wrong with them at all.. Maybe they've fixed them by now if anything was wrong.. Sorry about the size of posts, just a little excited I guess...
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Edit - Actually, the worst/scariest "wheelie" I ever did was exiting a roundabout on a GSX-R750M I owned. Just down the road from home, I went into the roundabout very spirited, leaning right and flipping left to exit (we drive on the LH side of the road here). At the same time I whipped open the throttle. The whole bike seemed to slide slightly to the right while leaning left, the engine revved a bit higher and the handlebars went loose. I straightened up and felt a thump - as the front tyre touched the road again,, the handlebars gave a few small wobbles then everything was A-ok. "What the"...!!! Yeah, lifted the front wheel while leaning over and I mean "leaning" it.. About 5 minutes later I went back around that round about, in a car, and I saw a big black mark about 20+ yards long with a big bend in it out of the roundabout.. Holy ****. That looked scary. I think I am glad I didn't even realize what was happening at the time or it may have ended in tears..

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The newer models supposedly have fixed the brake fade issue by changing some parts within the caliper. Should be fine now.

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Sorry, I did say I would post a pic or two back there somewhere, didn't I.. I took a few but forgot to transfer over to PC - now done. Here's a couple of pics.. You'll have to excuse all the mess around that side of the garage,, we 'ARE' builders afterall, so we have exclusive rights to be untidy and show butt crack while we work - hahaha...!!!
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-18-2019, 01:35 PM
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post #20 of 22 Old 02-09-2019, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Final word,,
Still haven't taken it in for first service yet, I've only done approx half the required mileage - something to do with work etc plus a minor health issue that popped up.. Have done a "bit" of tinkering with settings, especially suspension, and managed to get a much better ride out of it. Engine is really freeing up now and boy does that power come on in huge amounts. Once revs hit approx 4800+, doesn't matter which gear you're in, just hang on. My personal default "mode" settings are - Power Mode B and TC Mode 3. I leave it there for all my riding now, very good ride.. Handling into, around and out of any corner is near what I would call perfect. Between the bikes superb and quick steering and the Bridgestone RS10's, I have never felt so assured in cornering on any bike than I do on this one, however, that quick steering at running or walking speed (for me anyway), translates into nervous times eg,, while trying to either do a 180 turn or turning into our driveway,, because the bike almost wants to tip over as you turn. I am however getting better at controlling this aspect each time I ride. I was almost ready to replace the 55 series rear tyre/tire with a 50 to try to compensate but the 55 handles so well that I will persist and see what develops. I really love this bike...

See you on another adventure some time. Cheers all and thanks for reading...!!!

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post #21 of 22 Old 02-14-2019, 10:36 PM
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Nice bike.

Can I suggest a Gold Ride Forever course would be a great idea?

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post #22 of 22 Old 02-27-2019, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Final word +1 (epilogue),,

Over the past few months since I have owned this bike, I have played around with settings and now I am totally impressed with it. Most notably, I tinkered with the suspension bit by bit after setting it up based on sag measurements etc, and being 'almost' happy with the last settings, I gave it one more tweak, and now have it now right where it really feels fantastic,, takes the 'bumpiness' out of the bumps and still feels comfortable, almost soft'ish,, it leans, turns in and corners so perfectly,, and low speed turns are so much easier now, nothing to get upset about anymore. A few days after I bought it, I was certain this bike was a track only bike with its suspension made only for track use, but now I know it can be adapted well for the open road... I tried Engine Mode A the other day for the first time, and that got rid of the lack of bottom end grunt I was experiencing 'til you hit approx 4800 rpm,, now it's virtually all the way though rev range, just open the throttle any time and hang on. Still, I'm glad I did the initial run in miles/kilometres in mode B, to stop me from dragging it's butt around at lower revs. The bike really is a rocket now. I went for a ride yesterday with these latest settings and oh boy, when I got home I felt quite satisfied and happy I bought it, like never before..

I guess it's that last 10% of adjusting that yields 90% of the desired results. Thanks for reading...!!!

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