CB1000R vs SuperDuke 990
I thought I’d post up a quick review on my back to back ride of a Super Duke 990 (2008) and a CB1000R (I know you guys don’t get the CB1R there, but thought you’d like to know my thoughts between the 2 anyway)
The black SD 990 was demo that the dealership wanted to move on and asked me if I wanted to take it for a spin. As the SD always had my attention as “maybe one day” I thought why not. The SD had MIVV carbon fibre pipes that sounded absolutely awesome, maybe even a touch too loud. First impressions, where “wow, this is high”. The seating was higher than what I was used to or at least it felt high. Power delivery was (to my perception) instantaneous. It felt as if the SD had an on/off switch instead of a throttle. You could see the redline very quick if you wanted to. I have ridden a SV1000 in the past, but this felt much more aggressive, IMO. I took it on my usual test ride tour, 20 minutes high way with heavy and free flowing traffic and then 30 minutes worth of twisties followed by a few minutes of suburban riding. The handling was scalpel like and I felt quite at home and at ease riding through traffic at motorway speeds.
Riding in the hills took some getting used to, although the WP suspension was excellent, I was still coming to grips with the seat height and the engine character of this V-Twin. This bike is a load of fun, but required quite a lot of focus. After a while the loud droning of the exhaust became a bit tiring or noticeable. I really started to enjoy the bike after about 90 minutes and thought this could be a real possibility as purely a weekend, 1up bike (from my point of view).
I wanted to refresh my memory of what the CB1R was like that I test rode more than a year ago, and jumped on one immediately after. This bike has always been on my “list” and would have been in my stable ages ago if I could somehow gel or marry up the price tag to what the bike actually is (yes, this includes the usual Honda premium). I jumped on the CB1R and the seating position just felt right, compared to the SD. Loads of mid range torque and power, but there was a more (obviously being an IL4) controlled power delivery, or a bridge between all and nothing, as opposed to the SD. I found that due to all of the above I could do my usual test ride twisty route much faster and relaxed as what I did on the SD, so subsequently had more fun on the CB1R. This obviously reflects me being more comfortable and experienced with IL4’s. One thing that was lacking in comparison to the SD, was the softer (I think it’s) Sachs suspension on the CB1R. Saying that, it wasn’t tweaked up and could more than likely be improved on. I did also notice, that it seemed to be revving higher at the same motorway speeds in top gear than the 919, which could be irritating on longer motorway rides.
So there you have it, just a quick rundown of my thoughts between these 2 bikes. This obviously reflects my personal riding style and capabilities. I guess the CB1R is a more refined easier to live with package, the girl you’d take to meet your parents but still loads-of-fun type, the SD being like the kind of girl that would have you happily snort fairy dust off certain parts of her anatomy, you know, the fun-but-bsc type.