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I recently agreed to accept a suzuki gxr something or another for payment from a client. I have never rode a sport bike (crotch rocket) before. I'm most likely going to sell it and pay off the remaining balance on my x. But I would like to ride it just to see what its like. Besides being really fast and probably hell on my lower back is there anything I need to know before I climb my big arss up on this thing. (Yes I have life insurance) :wink:
 

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yes. shift a lot later to find the power.

x redlines at ~5k

gsx redlines at ~15k

so if your wondering why the bike doesn't have any juevos, you know why...your really really really short shifting.

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Not sure what size it is? but, I think you will find it to be an amazing machine (specially if it is a 1000). great power all through the rev range, great handling and braking, and you are having so much fun you might forget that it's not all the comfy? As long as you keep it low in the revs it will be pretty mellow, wick it up and WOW!!! Let us know what you think of it. Oh, yea, watch it in first and second gear. Under full throttle it will lift the front wheel at somewhere around 5000rpm.
 

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I actually found my lower back was never an issue when I had my sportbikes. And like said, if you want to change you shorts wait till you get the rpm's up there. and hang on. also, don't even think that turning those handlebars does anything for ya!!

then let us know what size it is and how much you want for it :twisted:
 

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Just be careful the sport bikes wheely really easy!! :eek:
 

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Use a little more care, since you're not used to that kind of ride. Otherwise, just give it the same respect you would any other piece of hardware that could get you into trouble -- big-a$$, ground-pounding cruisers included.

Oh yeah .. and enjoy!
 

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Hop said:
I recently agreed to accept a suzuki gxr something or another for payment from a client. I have never rode a sport bike (crotch rocket) before. I'm most likely going to sell it and pay off the remaining balance on my x. But I would like to ride it just to see what its like. Besides being really fast and probably hell on my lower back is there anything I need to know before I climb my big arss up on this thing. (Yes I have life insurance) :wink:
I think this is a question for BlondBiker...she rides one of them things.
 

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Be prepared for a large leap in braking power. I always use one to two fingers on the brakes on sportbikes, depending on the bike. If you grab a fistful of brake on a Gixxer you might have an ugly surprise coming your way. :shock:
 

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Be prepared for a large leap in braking power. I always use one to two fingers on the brakes on sportbikes, depending on the bike. If you grab a fistful of brake on a Gixxer you might have an ugly surprise coming your way. :shock:
Good point, they do stop very well. You have to use front brake, the rear does very little to slow you down.
 

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I ride a 2006 GSXR1000 occasionally and I have a 2006 SV1000S.

One word of advice: They can get WAY ahead of you REAL QUICK!!!


Take it easy.


The GSXR is a fantastic motorcycle. You will fall in love. But, please survive your

'First Date!'
 

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One thing that I've noticed through the years, is that when a rider who is used to bikes with large, relatively slow-turning engines like most cruisers have, rides a sport bike for the first time, they tend to 'grab' way too much throttle, way too soon.

The large (relatively) sportbikes use an amazingly small throttle rotation to get things going, and in 'normal' riding situations, again...small throttle movements get things done.

With my Hayabusa for example, riding in the Black Hills, when climbing the sometimes substantial upgrades around here, I could feel my throttle-hand movements to go up the grade while maintaining highway speeds (more of a backward 'pressure' on the grip rather than a rotation), and If I would look at my throttle hand, any visual movement was almost imperceptable.

My VTX 1800 would require a lot more throttle rotation at the grip to move up the same grade, while I would suspect that a 1500 Vulcan would likely be almost wide open to accomplish the same thing.

On large sportbikes, the brakes are great, and the throttles can be relatively abrupt and linear, with little 'lag' in engine response.

They are easy to ride, and 'safer' in some ways than other types of machines, but their very 'sharpness' and competence also can mean that they can be very unforgiving of foolishness or mere unfamiliarity.

Be careful, and once you can relax a bit, have fun.
 
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