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Offline dogdoghowl

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S1000r Fails....
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:28:01 PM »
 
It is as I feared after my test ride. The bike is slow to steer yet flighty at high speed. I had hoped the single R would set the world on fire like its double R cousin but alas, it isn't the case. The motoring press isn't lauding the bike with praise in unison. The press' opinion isn't the most important thing to me but the fact it coincided with my impressions are enough for me. Order cancelled. Shame, had high hopes. Tuono is still the king.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YUt4ur4ixc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 11:37:18 PM »
Hard to see but check out the MCN comparison review link above...

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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2014, 12:07:40 AM »
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I have put on just over 500 km on good mountain roads some at high speed. No problem turning it in, certainly not slow and very easy to change my line mid corner. Flighty at high speed - maybe on the track but certainly not in the real world. I will need to put some more miles on the clock for a better idea but so far very happy with the handling and power I'm putting down.

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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2014, 12:30:59 AM »
Of course you're happy. You have a brand new modern motorcycle. They're all amazing relatively speaking. When compared to the other options in its class though the S1000r falls flat. Especially on character. It has none. I wouldn't have cared about that one iota if the performance was clearly the best like it's S1000rr stable mate, but it's not.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2014, 12:36:08 AM by dogdoghowl »

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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2014, 12:50:34 AM »
Opinion noted :018:

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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2014, 08:02:03 AM »
That's your opinion and you are entitled to it but I have owned the rr that beats the rsv4 in so called mcn shootouts....the R is a better bike to ride on the road than the RR (only imo) so how you think its lacking character is beyond me! Good luck with your purchase.
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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2014, 08:32:37 AM »
Hey! I'd love to be convinced back to the R. I do still really like the package. How on earth did you decide to move from an 848 to an R? Really interesting move. How are you finding the i4 after a lustful Italian twin??

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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014, 09:54:07 AM »
*Originally Posted by dogdoghowl [+]
Hey! I'd love to be convinced back to the R. I do still really like the package. How on earth did you decide to move from an 848 to an R? Really interesting move. How are you finding the i4 after a lustful Italian twin??

If you look at my gallery you will see I have gone from a Twin to an inline 4 then a V4 then to a boxer twin and back to an inline 4. I suffer from loving the traits of all the engine configurations and also not having the hang ups of some riders that become convinced that if you dont ride a **** then you dont know what biking is all about. The GS forum was appalling and full of poisonous t**ts that I have never come across on any other forum on the web (they werent all bad just for the record). The Ducati is a fantastic bike and it would be staying in the garage if I had the 8K required to keep it. I am hoping the R ticks enough of the boxes to stop my never ending search for the ideal allrounder.
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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014, 10:54:49 AM »
My Diavel has character in spades but after only 5 minutes on my test ride with the R, I was blown away by its different character, great suspension and couldn't get my deposit down quickly enough. The only black and white issue for me is that the Duc is black and my R will be white.

I got the strong impression from the MCN test that Michael Neeves' inconsistency is largely down to the influence of his colleagues. His previous video from the journo test in Spain was pretty emphatic as is 1000PS opinion who seem to know what they're talking about.
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Re: S1000r Fails....
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2014, 06:53:16 PM »
It didn't feel slow steering when I test rode it on the hard suspension setting.  It weighs like 7kg more than a 899 panigale, it's not exactly a barge.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2014, 07:21:22 PM by ElipsesCorter »

 


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