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July 15th, 2017, 01:13 AM   #21
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It's doing well in bsb superstock trim buddy.
As for the TT, anything is possible with MD onboard


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So I ended up taking one of the 'R' models for a test-ride and I got to say it's an amazing machine. I went with one of the guys from the dealership who rode in front so I was expecting a very frustrating 'legal' experience but as it turned out I ended up being able to get a lot closer to the limits of my comfort zone than initially expected. It also helped that it was around some local twisties that I'm pretty familiar with so it wasn't like I was riding through some city constantly being held up with traffic.

For something that has nearly twice the ponies of my dinosaur 600 the power deliver was exceptionally linear and therefore inspired a lot of confidence tempting you to constantly take it a little further. It didn't have the shocking mid range torque I experienced riding a mates Yamaha MT10-SP but it was still similar in strength (a little higher up in the rev range) in a more linear fashion. The physical size felt the same if not smaller than my 600 and the added weight seemed to translate to a very planted feel through the corners. The only things that left me wanting was quite a bit of travel with the front brake lever before it began to bite and some throttle 'hunting' occurring through some long sweepers. I got no idea if that can be tuned out but I was surprised to feel it on a bike that retails for AUD $27490 (ride away).

Considering I've been riding a 2001 Gsxr600 for over 10+ years it wasn't going to take a lot to blow my socks off. I still think it's a phenomenal machine though. Some very interesting recent changes have made the Australian offering even more tempting by offering the bi-directional quick shifter and a Yoshi slip on with the standard (non R) model. I can't say that any of the paint schemes tickle my fancy apart from the black and blue R model though.

If you ever get the chance to ride one, take it!
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