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    IBA #44567 Ken F's Avatar
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    100 miles on S1000RR

    All I can say is "Holy Carp Batman"

    Stopped in at Bentonville BMW today, and was drooling over the new Demo on the showroom floor. Bob came over and said you want to take it for a demo ride?
    My response was, Bob, there is no way I can afford to buy that. He said that it was there for demo rides and that BMW would not even let him sell it -it was strictly a demo bike. At that point my arm began to hurt from him twisting it behind my back, and my knees were getting weak. Finally I relented and agreed to ride it. Bob pushed it outside, and went over the controls (new designs) with me, and told me that it really didn't hit it's powerband until about 11 grand, and that it was redlined at 18, but ran out of steam at about 17 so there was no point pushing it past 17,000. OK.......He insisted that I try it past 11 however, to feel the afterburners kick in.

    The Bike is absoutly the finest machine I've ever driven, including Ferrari's, Cobras, BMW's, MBZ, Massaratti's and Audi's. It pulls like a tractor from 2,000 rpm in any gear, reminisent of the K-bikes, but geezus! From 11K-17K you better be holding on! I passed a car running about 50 in 2nd gear and just hammered it.
    I didn't even realize I was carrying the front wheel until it set back down!

    I got really lost twice on the backroad twistie road-map that Bob had given me, and wound up being gone 2 hours, and about 3 times the distance of the test route. I never entered a corner that felt uncomfortable, even at about double the speed that I would have attempted on my R11RS. All it takes is some throttle to pull you around any corner. I remember thinking "I didn't realize I could ride this good!"

    I've never been more glad to get off of a motorcycle in my life. It is definatly not a touring machine, and there seems to be no way to sit comfortably for anything over about 20 minutes. I was sore, my knees hurt, my wrists hurt from holding my weight up, and my heart was pounding like a war drum.

    My God, what a sweet machine! I'm buying more tickets!

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    My RR was delivered in February, in the snow, and I now have 1000 miles on it, with one pretty good day of 275 miles in the WV mountains.

    I've been riding bikes for 30 years, and raced cars for 15. All I can say about the RR is this: awesome. Great acceleration, great brakes, and the traction control is simply amazing.

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    I sat on the S in the dealer showroom and am uncertain that I could stay on it for many miles. What is your experience? - fatigue, restful - what?

    With just R90 experience for several years now, I didn't know what 100+ HP meant until I rode a Triumph Sprint ST all afternoon this week. Impressive. I'm sure the S1000 RR is just phenomenal.

    At 75 MPH in third gear at 2/3 of redline (on the Triumph) - what do you do with those three extra top gears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobh41 View Post

    At 75 MPH in third gear at 2/3 of redline (on the Triumph) - what do you do with those three extra top gears?
    This is exactly what I asked the salesman after one day of riding - what the heck is 4th, 5th, and 6th for? You can hit 85 in first gear on the RR and be below redline.

    As for comfort, it's not good but it's not bad either. I have an RT for traveling so most likely the RR will just be for day trips. Sargent is working on a new seat for the RR and has been very proactive about seeking input from a number of RR owners.
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    I'm sure that the bike would take some "getting used to", or training your body to a new riding position just as the R11RS did for me. Leaning forward in a sportbike position is a very different riding position than most are accostomed to.

    I'm 6' even, and the riding position seemed somewhat cramped as my knees were definatly hurting after an hour. (but I'm 59 years old too)

    At highway speeds, the wind hitting your upper body will help hold you upright.
    On my RS, it was very uncomfortable for me to ride for the first couple of weeks.
    Changing the windshield from a large Parabellum to a smaller one, and allowing more wind to hit me helped tremendously in the fatigue department.

    I'm still just in awe at the brakes, cornering and acceleration of the bike! Knowing myself, if I owned one, I'd kill myself inside of 6 months because I just could not stay out of it on the road!

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    460:

    Don't worry, fear will keep you "out of it". I'm sure most of us have run every bike we've ever owned to it's limit, but those limits didn't approach 200+ mph. Also, we used to be immortal - ya know? I'm no longer immortal

    You would have to go west of Salina, KS, to even open up the bike to it's limit, and then you would likely be subdued by the west winds.

    Anybody know what it will do on the dragstrip?

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