The Suzuki GSX650F Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Dranrab Luap, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    To my recollection, the 16 tooth drops closer to 1000 RPMs, but that's if I'm doing 85. If I'm on the highway, I'm generally on it for an extended length of time. Being on a bike that's turning 6500 to 7000 RPM for a couple hours is whole lot more relaxed than being on a bike that's hammering away at 7500 to 8000 RPM. Even if it is only 500 to 600 RPM, every little bit helps.

    As far as what jpstr1 said, I'll just say that I don't have any of those issues. Perhaps it's because I've lived with the taller gear for so many miles that I've adjusted. Fromwhat I recall, first gear used to be a totally useless gear. It was for getting the bike going and nothing else. You couldn't even ride in a parking lot in first. Now it's useable. realize 1 tooth is not a lot, but as above, it makes all the difference.
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    The maximum power mark is A LOT below that, and every few hundred revs
    makes a huge difference for high speed cruising.

    I went +1 on the front of my ER6F (650R) and with about 350-400 revs
    average difference, it even made 70mph cruising a lot more relaxed
    (I almost never went over 75 on long rides), and pushed the fuel consumption
    even under the numbers I'm getting on my 300cc scooter now..
  3. jptsr1

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    Looks like your question has been answered already? Just wanted to chime in and wish you the best with your back. I hope you dont have to give up riding but your health and comfort are much more important.
  4. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    Have you tried a super sport bike like the gsxr750? As odd as it seems, the bikes that make you lean over take a lot of weight of the lower back
  5. jptsr1

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    Probably should have mentioned that I weigh 370lbs. Thats closer to two-up for the average rider I suspect. So the difference we are seeing in performance may be due to you learning to live with the 16t as you said or it may be just that I am a fatt ass. As far as the RPM's go im not sure why you and I realized such different numbers. I was careful to pay attention to my RPM's at 80 before the change and the net result for me was definitely closer to 500. I also had a bunch of other things done to the bike while it was in the shop. Although I dont believe any of them (other than changing the sprocket) would have had an effect on my RPM's I guess its possible.
  6. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone. Feeling pretty shitty about this, but I have to sell my bike. Chronic low-back pain is just not making riding comfortable anymore.......
    Here is the link to my Kijiji ads with some pics. I'm asking 5500( which is the average price here in Canada), but will take a reasonable offer.
    Feel free to ask any questions through here or through Kijiji.
    Cheers all
    Steve
    http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...kes-2008-Suzuki-GSX-Katana-W0QQAdIdZ371517262
  7. Jim K.

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    Bigo,

    Sorry to hear about your troubles, especially as the spring is just starting. With any luck, a season's rest might sort it out & you could be looking for a new ride in a years time.
  8. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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  10. jptsr1

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  11. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    I have the high seat....Wonder if that makes a difference?
  12. jptsr1

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    Me too. I'm thinking its just a manufacturing anomaly with the seat or the bike.
  13. MidMo

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    My Sargent sits right up next to the tank as well.
  14. Süsser Tod

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    I tried a cruiser, and it was THE WORST thing for lower back pain. I couldn't ride it for more than one hour.

    Actually, for me and my back, the best bikes have always been sportier bikes. My XJR1300 is about perfect, and quite close to the GSX ergos, what I've found helps the most is a back support belt, like the weightlifters use:

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/strengthening/a/aa060201a.htm

    I really never use the belt on the SV1000 or the CBR 600RR, my wrists are killing me way before my back is sore on those bikes. But on the XT660 and the XJR1300 the belt makes a world of difference, specially on the XT660 which has a more upright riding position than the XJR. I think a bit of forward lean with the feet under you is the best riding position, you can rely on your legs on big bumps, and the forward position will not send every little bump up your spine.
  15. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    Thanks susser Tod...... I agree. I've been sitting on some cruisers at the shop, and almost immediately I can tell that my back is gonna hate me.
  16. Bigolechalupa

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    Hey all......I've been spending some more time on the bike this month, and I ended up selling the Sargent seat. The thing was super comfortable, but for some reason I just found it pulled me back further from the handlebars. Killed my back.

    I've found that just having the risers-along with the stock seat- has made a pretty big difference. I may just try out a Bandit 1250 gel seat. Also been working on having the proper posture for riding, and that's making a difference as well for comfort.

    Cheers
    BiGo:1drink
  17. mminob

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    Hey guys and gals...I just got a 2008 gsx650f and dont need the Givi v35 saddlebags and v46 top box all mounts and hardware...matte black ...good condition...all monokey...so $500 shipped is one half off new and you can travel in style on this mile munching fun machine that has to be one of the best bang for your bucks around...mminob@cox.net for pics...cheers malcolm in socal :D SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...Thanks guys...
  18. jptsr1

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    Ive got a Sargent seat on my F which works wonders over stock but im looking for a little extra comfort for an upcoming trip. Which Sheepskin fits and works best?

    Thanks
  19. jptsr1

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    well, i decided to give the Alaska leather one a try. it just arrived today and i have to say, for 60 bucks im not overly impressed. the fit isn't perfect but i guess that would be a tall order with a one size fits all cover. i probably should have just dug one of my old sheepskin coats out of storage and cut a patch out to fit. also, the buckle is in a spot where it looks like its going to rubb on the seat piping. anyway, hope this thing works. ill be posting a review as soon as i have some miles on it.

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  20. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    It is with great sadness that I.......... ahhhh screw it, I'm happy as hell, lol!......that I traded in my GSXF and am bought a 2012 Kawasaki Versys :clap
    The GSXF was a really good bike. Reliable, powerful, nice looking, and more. But, for me.....my body just could not get comfortable on the thing. I tried a sargent seat...risers....stock seat...pads..... Nothing made me comfortable. And with long legs, the knee angle sucked And to top it all off, I could not get a break from the brutal wind buffeting on the highway.

    I guess it just wasn't meant to be. But the Versys in a natural fit! So I'm happy. Plus, I may throw on some knobbies and turn her into a gravel/light dirt ADVer :lol3

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