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Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:36:43 am »
The R Sport this time, not the XR.
I think 'Sport' means Akra, quickshift up & down, and maybe some tuning? Oh, the web says funky cornering ABS too. I didn't test that.  :o

Good
- Quick. Fun quick, even on a grim today like today.
- Excellent handling
- Lovely down quickshift, complete with mandatory Akra popping.
- Surprisingly comfy even though the rider seat is a (large) pad. Reminds me of my Aprilia Falco seat which was also comfy but you wouldn't think it. Better than the posh XR seat I tried.
- Fairing thing helped a little bit, in that it didn't have my head bobbing about, but it doesn't give much respite from drizzle.

Bad
- No fairing, no panniers, no grab rail, some teeny tiny pad for a pillion. This really is a one person bike.
- [EDIT: irritating headshake at, er, 'motorway' speeds, possibly because the fairing thing is causing buffeting around me?]
- bit of a dead finger on left hand, possibly a combi of vibes, and the cold, but I wouldn't have got that on a K.
- Buzzy. I had to check I wasn't in 5th several times. Just too busy for all day use.


Possibly the most fun loan bike yet, but not the most practical.








« Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 05:55:44 pm by richtea »

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Re: Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 12:11:18 pm »
From the front it looks like Jack Elam, who my dad used to call, one eye and a whelk  ;D ;)

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Re: Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 04:16:26 pm »
Amazing performance stallion. No need to test the cornering ABS bike does it without you noticing .
Embrace the wind.

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Re: Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 09:51:58 pm »
What's wrong with you Rich, you never even mentioned the blingy red rim tapes... ::)

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Re: Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 10:44:37 pm »
Tch, sorry.
The inclement weather dampened my attention for detail. Basically, I got really quite wet. Welsh wet. :P

The tape is probably part of the go-faster Sport package.  ;D

But you've caused me to look at the pics again:
- Mirrors. They're in the 'Bad' category. Licence-losingly small. I love the K ones - I've never had better mirrrors than those.
- Brake reservoir. Bad. Chunky and sitting up all on its own with a fat pipe. Looks cheap.
- Levers, again oddly chunky. Maybe it's a style thing.
- And look at those radiators! I think the bottom one is a heavier gauge honeycomb than ours, though. The top one, out of reach of direct sh*t, is the more delicate one, from memory.

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Re: Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2018, 09:46:10 am »
Great bike. I had one on test when my K12R Sport was in for a service a few years ago. I was amazed how similar it felt to the K12R both power wise and riding position wise, it was just the lack of fairing that put me off.