K ,,, well lets start things off....... I am a Suzuki man, and broke the rule..... I bought something other than a suz...
So Bought this baby last week from RMS, she now has about 1000Km on her.
Took it to Spences bridge and back, and lots of little rides.
My riding experience is :
88 Katana 1100
97 GSXR 1100
97 GSXR 750
2000 TLR 1000
2005 gsxr 1000
and now the Kawi...
So I am not stranger to big heavy bike or to bike with loads of power.
So here goes:
#1 This bike is no GSXR 1000.... it is a handful, when the going get faster....
#2 This bike has a crappy klunky gearbox.....maybe it's a Kawi thing....
#3 This Bike has the best brakes (front) I have ever had the chance to use, exception is the 05 1K with race pads
#4 This bike has 0 storage capacity as stock.....nothing...
#5 This bike is very softly sprung (rear)..front seems ok so far
#6 This bike does NOT feel heavy when riding it (exception being the last 20 % of it's performance area), steering is light and positive
#7 This Bike has very progressive power delivery...only in 4th and from 6 grand + does it feel like it wants to rip your arms off
#8 This bike suks the gas if you get "into it" and I have sportbikes, but this things eats dinosaur juice like no tomorrow
#9 1st gear is relatively tall, you need to click into second to do anything "spirited"
#10 Why does this bike come with a 240mm rear rotor...is this for people who "cruiser brake" all the time.....my god what a bunch of stupid weight in the wrong place...I dunno maybe it's a high speed stability thing
#11 I am sure I will drop 20-30 lbs when the exhaust upgrade occurs (and yup it can use the diet)
#12 The exhaust is very quiet
#13 This thing is a popo magnet (that goes without saying, but I will anyway)
#14 Ergo's are very 'SPORT' , don't kid yourself to thinking this is a ZX14 Concours in aero bodywork..its not.
#15 The Motor does induce a numbing buz at 5 grand...mostly in 1-3 gear tho...when I was in 4 or above..the thing is perfect
#16 Not so much aftermarket support, specially compared to the BUSA
#17 No Slipper Clutch..ad you know what....you likely won't need it...if you do....buy the BUSA, or buy a true SPORTBIKE, I have slippers in the TLR/GSXR1000, and none on the 1100's or 750...if you ride it to the point to need that slipper, your likely gonna buy suspension first, front and rear
#18 This thing is WICKED fast (in a straight line)...there is no replacement for displacement
#19 I like the LCD display it has....gives me something to look at (when safe) and give all that odo/trip odo x2/fuel guage/Temp/Fuel consumption actual and average
#20 it takes 22 litres to fill...and the best I've got out of it so far was 232km...and around 20 L used
And lastly ...... # 21 ----they do sell replacement panels for those George Formanesque "Grills"