This year I over compensated for not have a bike for many years. I really have enjoyed owning both of these bikes thus far. Both offer a unique riding experience. But today's post spells out in detail my thoughts on stengths and weaknesses in design and functionality.
Seat Comfort and Ergonomics:
919 - More upright and relaxed. Comfortable stance that makes a day trip easy. After getting on the 919 from riding the speed Triple, it can feel like a relief. In terms of ergonomics, The pegs are placed prefectly for comfort and sport. I often perch my feet on the back pegs for a 5-10 min rest while riding Highways. Stock seat stinks, and requires replacement in my mind. Corbin fixed month ago. Great for carrying passager with handle in back. Very very functional!
S3 - Locks rider into one and only one riding postion. Pegs are closer to seat and force rider to bend knees more aggressively. This posture can wear on
you after 2-3 hours. You will find yourself hanging over the tank. Not pratical for passager riders to me. Seat is a little better than 919 but still stinks. Corbin in the future
Handling and Ride:
919 - Takes corners like a dream. Anytime I let a friend take a spin, the first thing they comment on is how easy the bike dives into a bend. Very nimble and manageable around cities AND country side. Almost feels scooter like at times. 919 gets a 10/10 for handling. Highway bumps can still be hard hitting. When driving in the 60-80 range, a highway bump can send me flying up and inch. Inline 4 engine feels buzzy in the 60 plus range. Hands tend to falls asleep because of buzzy vibrations in handlebars and upper bike.
S3 - Takes corners fairly well, maybe 9/10. Not quite as nimble. Requires bit more energy and planning to zoom in and out of city traffic. Highway sailing is vibration free! The Triple loses the buzzy inline 4 feeling. Although ironically the back shock can give a hard jolt when hitting bumps at 60-80 range. More of a shock than 919.
Power and Gearing:
919 - Enough zip to keep things lively and fun. Very predictable powerband. Definitely not overwhelming power... The sweet spot seems to start at 5000rpm and up. 5000rpm is when the front tire lofts up in first gear. The engine enjoys driving hard. First gear is not geared low enough and 5th gear is not high enough. The clutch slips way to long before fully engaging and taking off. I'm still always seaching for 6th gear on the highway!!!! BUzz buzzz buzzzzz
S3 - 70 to 80 ft/lbs of torque. WOOF! Half a second into wacking the throttle hard you will be glad the seat locks you into one place. Even if its only couple inches, this bike lofts the front tire up in every gear at some point. No joke! Wheelie starts at 2K in first gear, little over 6k in 2nd. This is a great Hooligan engine. I don't recommend for beginners. Local dealer just got an 07 back after 4 days of sale. Got away from the rider and he pushed off from it. Big damage! Anyhoo, gearing is PERFECT. First gear is nice and low. Clutch hardly slips to engage, engine never labors. 65mph translates to 4000rpm in 5th gear. Smooth smooth smooth Highway drive!!!!
Overall, they both will be used differently for me. The 919 will be used for trips with the addition of luggage and replacement of front sprocket. The S3 will be my fun bike for country roads and jackassing around. Hope this is useful information! Please don't point out spelllling and grammar mistakes. Be safe... or ride hard and take chances...