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My new ride K7 GSXR750

A month ago we had a bike expo day and I got to ride a 06 SV650 and 06 1000, 06 Buel XB12ss and a 06 Daytona 675. After riding all these I was still happy with the Hornet. But then I had a chat to friend and he kindly agreed to let me take his bike for a spin.

Suzuki GSXR750
First impression; The bike seat height is pretty low and the body position is far less aggressive than the 675.
The ride; Like the 675 the engine is smooth and likes to be revved. Then I got to the corners. Oh my god, have I been converted? Is it possible I like Suzuki's? This bike felt perfect to me. Smooth engine and gearbox along with great body position made the corners come alive. 'Is this what I have been missing?' I was thinking to myself. Got to the turn around point and had the big grin going. Off we went back to the function and with the only bad bit being this ride had ended. That bike is a really great ride.
Overall; I had so much fun in that 10 minute ride, that it is making me think about trading the trusty Hornet.

Since then I have also ridden the 07 Triumph ST and Tiger, 04 Honda CBR600rr, 04 Aprilia Tuono, 06 Aprilia RSVR and 07 Yamaha R1.

After all those bikes I was still hooked on the GSXR, so last week I made the move. Sold the Hornet and purchased a K7 GSXR750. This is a report on the day I collected it.

Sunday finally arrived, and just like the kid waiting for Christmas it took too long and I didn't get much sleep the night before.

Off to the airport to catch my flight to Tauranga. Was a bit of a laugh wondering around in an airport in bike leathers, got plenty of strange looks (stranger than the normal strange looks I get)

Nathan from Bay City Motorcycles picked me up at the airport (just part of the great service I got from them in buying this bike, I highly recommend this shop to everyone) and off to the shop we went. 10 minutes later I had signed the papers and I had my new bike

A few of the local KBers arrived to escort me out of their city, I mean say hello and ride with me to Rotorua. Cajun, MotoGirl, MidnightMike, saul and Waylander, it was great meeting you all and riding with you.

I also got to meet babyB who was unfortunately cage bound with the kids, and a KBer from Napier (sorry forgot your name)

After riding the Pyes Pa road to Rotorua, having a bite to eat and a drink it was farewell to the Tauranga crew and I was off on my home. Took the long way round the lake to Turangi and was starting to really get into the groove on the new bike, but still being a little cautious as it is soooo different to the Hornet and had a new rear tire.

Stopped in Turangi for gas and a pie (only one on the trip, must do better next time) then off again. I had planned to go the National Park, Wanganui way home but I had spent too much time gas bagging at lunch so opted for the more direct Desert road instead.

Last stop made in Bulls to top up the gas and change to clear visor. Then the homeward stretch, zipping around the never ending slow moving stream of cars heading towards Wellington.

Arrived home at 8.00pm. About 6 hours riding time and my butt and lower back were telling me all about it. Today they don't feel too bad (thanks for the massage honey) so I am sure I will get used to it in time. The ride today also didn't feel too bad as well.

So how does the bike to ride?
Fantastic!!! I never once had a moment of 'oh ****' and I was cornering way faster than I have ever done. It is effortless, light, smooth, confidence inspiring etc etc etc. The biggest problem was trying to keep the speed down (a lot of cops out there yesterday)

Am I glad I made the move from the Hornet?
Yes. Riding has a buzz about it now and I look forward to getting to the next corner more. Went up the Takas today, what a blast. Can't wait for the next track day.

Will I miss the Hornet?
Hell yes. The Hornet has soul, it's unique and often attracted attention from bikers due to its look (especially those red wheels) and 'bling'. The GSXR is....... a GSXR, and it's blue and white nuff said.
On the positive side the Hornet has gone to a good home and I know the new owner so hope to see it around a bit.

Here are some pics:
Pic 1 - MotoGirl, MidnightMike & Cajun + the bikes. About to leave Rotorua.
Pic 2 - The bike at Whakamaru
Pic 3 and 4 - The bike at home
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-16-2007, 04:28 AM
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Great post - love these new bike pickup stories. Funny how we can't sleep the night before getting a new bike. I never have that happen when I'm about to get a new cage Congrats on the new scoot Kendog and ride safe.

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Nice! You gonna powder coat those wheels red, to go with the "R"? hehehe....

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Nice story... Thanks for reporting back. Bye the way, I can't sleep before getting a bike either.

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Thanks for sharing the honeymoon with us.
Welcome to channel crotch rocket. %^)

Why did you leave CBR1000 out of the contenders?

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Coming off a cb-750, I noticed a serious difference in refinement between the new niner and the old cb.

How does the refinement compare between the hornet and the new Suz?

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Thanks for sharing the honeymoon with us.
Welcome to channel crotch rocket. %^)

Why did you leave CBR1000 out of the contenders?
There were no demo ones available in the area, but I think the price would have ruled it out anyway. If money was no object the R1 would have been seriously considered, and the RSVR... what a sexy grunty bike that is.

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Coming off a cb-750, I noticed a serious difference in refinement between the new niner and the old cb.

How does the refinement compare between the hornet and the new Suz?
They are a world appart. The Suzuki engine and gearbox are way smoother to use. And the brakes, omg. The Honda build quality is way better and naturally the seating position.

It's not really a fair comparision between the two. They are designed for different purposes and each should be bought based on the type of riding you do.

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