Talk me out of this.............

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by VMO, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. VMO

    VMO Farmer Warrior

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    Well, you guys were not very convincing at talking me out of this, so.....

    Test rode an S1000RR the other day and placed a deposit on a 2013 tri-color (red, white, blue) unit. It just arrived on east coast and should be here in New Mexico in about 7 days (my birthday)..................... :norton

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  2. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    If you're into big speed and corner carving/trackdays you'll love it.......but if its just going to be a closer to normal speeds streetbike/commuter/distance rider you may regret the purchase. Like someone else mentioned its a narrow-focus bike. I went through the repli-racer phase myself.....they're fun for awhile, but can become garage ornaments quicker than other types of bikes if you try and use them for other than their intended purpose. If you're a racer/hooligan/wheelie type tho you'll love the thing :D
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  3. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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    My impression was that the S1000RR was very civilized at street speeds. If he physically fits it well enough to not be uncomfortable on it, there's no reason to expect he would regret using it for "closer to normal speeds streetbike/commuter/distance rider ".

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  4. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Congratulations, and Happy Birthday! :freaky
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  5. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    This. A viscously fast (and I mean that in a GOOD WAY! :freaky) bike, but on public roads a 250 can get you thrown in jail. I find myself continually riding 50% above posted speed limits on an antique Britbike.. riding slow on a FAST bike is just boring as shit. Just my worthless opinion.
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  6. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    That depends on what bikes he's coming off of and what he's used to. As far as dedicated sportbikes go the BMW isn't bad comfort wise, so if you're coming off a sportbike ergonomically styled machine it might be fine. If you're coming off a ds or more relaxed riding position machine its going to take some getting used to, and will never be a comfy long distance mount. Thats where multiple bikes come into play :evil
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  7. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    that's what I like about this bike. very smooth and tractable while riding slow on the streets. twist it past 10k and :eek1 70-160mph in a flash. I did it a few times out on empty high desert roads. :evil

    going to the track next week. 150mph on the front straight at laguna seca should be easy.
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  8. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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    It also depends on the physical fit, and the fitness, of the rider. I would guess you would say that the Ducati Monster would 'never be a comfy long distance mount', yet mine is for me. Indeed, for me the Monster obviated the need for multiple different bikes. It does everything useful well, except carry a passenger very far, and I solved that by getting my wife her own Monster.

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  9. Gerg

    Gerg Cupcake

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    This bike is Sooo subjective... Don't pay any attention to the nay sayers.

    I'm in my 60's and took one of the early ones out for a run. Loved it and had heavy lust. I had a chance to take it out for over a 100 mile run and a couple hours (enough to have to put fuel in it) on a second test. I'm 6'2" and 200 or so lbs. I got off that bike no worse for wear than any other bike I ride or have ridden.

    It truley is a surgical instrument. The ONLY thing you'll have to watch out for is your license. It does like to go fast.

    Regretfully I decided it wasn't for me and I opted for a new GS.

    Congrats on your choice!!!

    Gerg
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  10. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    In my super limited (20 minute) test ride on the S1000RR, I liked it. I'm 6'2" and about 200 pounds, and I found it pretty comfortable. Much better comfort that riding friend's R1 and 1098. Power is amazing, but it can be ridden sanely if traffic/road conditions dictate.

    The comments about the Rotax engine crack me up. I'm biased because I have a Tuono, but one of the selling points for me on that bike is the Rotax engine. When Piaggio statred making their own engines I was a bit "wait and see" on how well they will hold up. To each his own, but I like the engine. Of course, I like the KTM LC8 too. :clap
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  11. oldenuf

    oldenuf Been here awhile

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    Get the Honda.
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