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Old Oct 25th 2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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I Ride: 1199S Tricolore
The Daily commute

Not the most exciting report, but this is the first week riding the bike to and from work every day so thought it might offer an bit of an insight for people wondering how versatile the bike really is.

For the record, I have a Tricolore and also have the comfort seat.

My daily commute is 35km's each way, through hills, straights and then inner city backstreets in Brisbane. This gives me plenty of opportunity to exercise the bike and the box. It also allows me to use plenty of engine breaking on run it.

My first day was just wow. This thing is loud for a stock bike. My girlfriend likened it to a clap of thunder followed by a purr. That will do nicely...

I have come from a history of Japanese bikes most recently a '10 ZX10R. The riding position is actually quite neutral and I'm not finding any wrist discomfort or any thing else uncomfortable for my 6ft 3" 100kg frame. The one thing making this fun is the weight. It is such a well balanced light bike and it makes it very easy to maneuver through the slow speed tight stuff.

The throttle response so far feels quite good, although ever so slightly disconnected as I found the amount I turn doesn't necessarily match the output. It might just be the engine running in and a slight hesitation so I'm not worried. The quickshifter is excellent. Not quite as smooth as units I've had in the past on trackbikes but quite good nonetheless. I've had to get used to it again and have had a couple of phantom shifts which are become less and less.

On the ride, when in slow speed traffic, I do find that I need to pull the clutch in a fair bit to stop the surging, but really, this only happens around 20kph and less so again, not really worried, just want to report it.

The heat. Stopped, in traffic, yes it is hot under the butt. The hottest the bike got was 105degC and it definitely was roasting my arse but as soon as you move, it's fine. The other alternative, turn the key off. Works well.

Brakes are awesome. Very powerful, more than enough for the street and for people that for some reason can't see a big red and white bike and wonder where all that thunder noise is coming from? I haven't had to use the ABS yet or ride in the wet so I cannot comment.

Now the interesting part. I have followed another members trek across the US (AntiHero) and read in depth about his 'connection' with this bike, and I can understand more what it means. Every day that I spend with it the connection grows. You move with the bike and it responds. It might sound a bit wanky, but I know it is there and I can't describe it any other way. Already it has developed some attitude.

So, it is designed as a commuter. Hell no. Can it be used as one? Hell yes. Every day I ride it to work I'm in my own zone. I live on the bike and enjoy every minute of it, even the slow annoying parts, because the passion is for riding and the enjoying the machine. This bike is not a blunt tool that you blindly swing around in the hopes of landing a blow. It's a fine brush on an artwork. You can draw any kind of line you want but you direct what comes out on the canvas.

Hopefully this has helped some people wondering how easy it is to use every day. Riding it gets better every day so can't wait to get it run in.

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Old Oct 26th 2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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People ask me all the time for my impression of the bike. I tell them that in my opinion it is a wonderful motorcycle that does not pretend to be something that it is not, and makes no apologies for it. It is a high performance machine that is designed for rapid forward progress with enough civility to tolerate traffic. If you want a commuter to loaf around in bumper to bumper traffic you might want to look elsewhere. It will do it but it will remind you from time to time that it really doesn't want to be there. The bike dreams of going fast and wants to share that dream with you. It is precisely what I want in a motorcycle and couldn't be more pleased.
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Old Oct 26th 2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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Good points.

I commute on mine because I want to ride it. But I do occasionally pay the price in the central florida heat. Funny thing is that I'm actually feeling the heat coming off the radiators more than that of the header & rear cylinder.

Like efna said, It will do the task; but its not going to act like it enjoys that 45mph traffic.

Still a blast to ride and I get more comfortable on it every day.

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People ask me all the time for my impression of the bike. I tell them that in my opinion it is a wonderful motorcycle that does not pretend to be something that it is not, and makes no apologies for it. It is a high performance machine that is designed for rapid forward progress with enough civility to tolerate traffic. If you want a commuter to loaf around in bumper to bumper traffic you might want to look elsewhere. It will do it but it will remind you from time to time that it really doesn't want to be there. The bike dreams of going fast and wants to share that dream with you. It is precisely what I want in a motorcycle and couldn't be more pleased.
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Old Oct 31st 2012, 03:27 AM   #4
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Well said. This past weekend while I prepared for Hurricane Sandy I took my 1199 to fill up Gas, just incase I needed extra extra for the generator. The gas station in only 1.5 miles away....but from the moment I started the bike and let it warm up it felt like I was preparing for a qualifying lap. I can't imagine what I look like getting up to 85mph in a 35mph zone (safely of course) then down shifting hard to take a right hand turn. This bike is designed to go fast....and fast it does.


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People ask me all the time for my impression of the bike. I tell them that in my opinion it is a wonderful motorcycle that does not pretend to be something that it is not, and makes no apologies for it. It is a high performance machine that is designed for rapid forward progress with enough civility to tolerate traffic. If you want a commuter to loaf around in bumper to bumper traffic you might want to look elsewhere. It will do it but it will remind you from time to time that it really doesn't want to be there. The bike dreams of going fast and wants to share that dream with you. It is precisely what I want in a motorcycle and couldn't be more pleased.
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Old Nov 3rd 2012, 12:29 AM   #5
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I Ride: GSXR750 K7, 1199 Panigale
So today I decided it was time to give my gsxr 750 some love and took it in for emission testing. I hadn't ridden the bike since picking up the pani. Last time after riding it I cleaned it, waxed it and put the bike cover over it. Hadn't touched it since early June.

I put in the key and the thing started right up. I mean RIGHT UP. I gotta give Suzuki props.

Some observations. First the bike felt slow. I used to think it was so fast. I guess speed really is relative. I have been spoiled forever after riding the 1199. Second, it felt so different. I had really had gotten used to the Ducati. But after a few miles it all started to come back and I remembered why I loved, and kept, this bike. I really does handle so well. Those who have had the pleasure of riding an 06 or 07 GSXR 750 know what I mean. It really is the BEST 750 Suzuki ever made.

Was texting a friend about riding it again and put it to him this way. The 1199 is like having sex with a hot, new girlfriend. It is all very exciting but awkward at the same time. The 750 is like a long time friend with benefits. Familiar but with all inhibitions tossed out the window.

#GottaLoveDiversity
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Originally Posted by efna View Post
Was texting a friend about riding it again and put it to him this way. The 1199 is like having sex with a hot, new girlfriend. It is all very exciting but awkward at the same time. The 750 is like a long time friend with benefits. Familiar but with all inhibitions tossed out the window.

#GottaLoveDiversity


Hahahahaha...Good way to put and love that you added a hash tag. hah!
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Originally Posted by efna View Post
People ask me all the time for my impression of the bike. I tell them that in my opinion it is a wonderful motorcycle that does not pretend to be something that it is not, and makes no apologies for it. It is a high performance machine that is designed for rapid forward progress with enough civility to tolerate traffic. If you want a commuter to loaf around in bumper to bumper traffic you might want to look elsewhere. It will do it but it will remind you from time to time that it really doesn't want to be there. The bike dreams of going fast and wants to share that dream with you. It is precisely what I want in a motorcycle and couldn't be more pleased.

This is the best description of the Panigale I've heard... very nicely done.
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Old Nov 3rd 2012, 10:36 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by thomaskenyon View Post
This is the best description of the Panigale I've heard... very nicely done.
Thank you.
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Old Sep 24th 2015, 12:46 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by efna View Post
The 1199 is like having sex with a hot, new girlfriend. It is all very exciting but awkward at the same time. The 750 is like a long time friend with benefits. Familiar but with all inhibitions tossed out the window.

#GottaLoveDiversity
Haha, that is great

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