Today I had the day off to go bike shopping. Only bikes I could test ride got selected, and the best I could do was these-- Yamaha Pitmans Yamaha FZ1S Adelaide Motors BMW K1200R Yahama World Yamaha FZ1N Honda World Honda Hornet 900 GP Motorcycles KTM 990 Superduke Yamaha FZ1S Yamaha FZ1N ----------- The bike felt great. Perfectly suitable for an old codger like me (34 yo). Admitely, I took it easy on all bikes tested (accept the KTM.. see later).. This bike has no bottom end .. at all. .... it feels like the FI system is faulty or something ?. You nail it in the bottom end... nothing.... you back off the power slightly and the motor dies, . you are slightly back on the power, and it's back on the power hard. The poor chain is snapping/slapping away as you are doing this. So.. the motor seemed very flighty. BMW K1200R ---------- This bike is great. it's got wicked acceleration. The suspension seems great, but is too gadgety for my liking (stuff like, electronic suspension system, handle bar warmers), and the wheel base is too big (like my Gixxer). I've come to the conclusion in my life that I small bloke like me shouldn't ride something that has a long wheel base (as I seem to have to fight a long wheel base bike in corners).... but that's just my opinion. As an engineer, I look at how many things are going to break later on. When I look at a machine, I like simplicity. The K1200R is not simple. If you like Windows XP, you'll probably like this bike. Also, the indicator system is bloody stupid. I wonder what twat thought of that idea ? (probably one of the directors wife(soccer-mum)/son/nephew etc). I was not able to reach the cancel button without looking down... I resorted to hand signaling. Honda Hornet 900 ---------------- This is a bloody excellent bike. It's simple, it's as retro as a goldern ear ring. It accelerates like the Gixxer. It feels similar to the FZ1N and S in handling, and they sell for something like 11 grand (which is a bit strange considering Hondas have always been very pricey). If it wasn't for the KTM, I would be getting this. My only compliant was that the handle bars are a bit too high for my liking. KTM 990 Superduke ----------------- I went to GP motorcycles (Morphett-vale) and they basically handed me the keys and said head for the hills.. It's the only bike I did take to the hills. I don't remember the names of the roads.. it's apart of the hills I'm not very familar with. I took it fairly easy though. It was very strange riding a GSX-R1000 for 4.5 years and then going to an up right bike. It will take me a good week to get used to the new position. "IK" (from a previous thread about Superdukes) has some fine words to say about this bike. See as follows-- --$------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm bike-sitting a mate's Superduke atm; the brief blat from his place to mine, and another quick spin to have a twiddle with the suspension, sold me. I've pretty much found my next bike; sometime relatively soon, I'm chopping in the ZX6 and the ZX9, getting into a whole heap of debt and getting a Superduke and an '06 ZX-10R. I must say I don't follow your objections about the Superduke switchgear; it's generic stuf, virtually the same as you find on both my Kawasakis. Hooray for being able to switch off the headlight, too. Moving on from that mundane note, the Supeduke's pretty much the most insane thing I've ever ridden. I've been jibbering about it on the phone, online and in person to anyone who'll listen. Some of the recurring expressions I've used have been "the most headbanging piece of lunatic two-wheel anarchy ever", "this bike should come with an accessory straitjacket and an accessory explosives belt" and "it's like my YZ426, except with another cylinder grafted on". The brakes on it (monoblock Brembos with a radial master cylinder) are mega, the suspension (WP all round, with dual compression adjustment out the back) is mega, the controls (all top-shelf Domino stuff) are lush, but the engine takes some getting used to. Because it's built like a dirtbike engine, with a very light crank, it's not a fan of steady revs. It likes to be ridden exactly like a dirtbike, either on the gas or on the brakes, stomping through the gears in the applicable direction. Depending on your disposition, this makes it either too much hard work or what you've been looking for all your riding life. I'm in the second category. Cane it off the lights, double-tap into third and you're already barging, elbows-out, through whatever's ahead at twice its speed. Roundabout exits are full-throttle-in-second propositions, skimming the front tyre and steering with bodyweight over the rear contact patch. There's just no other way to ride it. Try, and it'll hate you for it as bad as any RGV. KTM made a promo film for the bike which features a Superduke terrorising winter traffic in a European city centre, overlaid on a pair of shaven-headed kickboxers thumping the shit out of each other in an empty warehouse. That pretty much encapsulates what the Superduke is about. With legislators and bureaucrats preoccupied with curtailing the untappable potential of 180hp/200mph sportsbikes, the guerillas at KTM spraypaint the security camera blind and slip this 110hp urban-warfare nailbomb in through the unguarded side entrance. This is a bike for people who count Fight Club in their top five favourite movies of all time and who know the words to Rage Against the Machine's "Sleep Now in the Fire", Public Enemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" and whose to-do list includes learning enough German to understand Rammstein lyrics. It's a bike which tells you a lot about your character. Ride one, and you'll find if you're the sort of person who'll pen a letter to cops warning them about this new orange menace, or the sort who'll wheelie off in the direction of your state parliament to inscribe a feet-up doughnut around the fountain in the forecourt and escape just as the security gets there. --$------------------------------------------------------------------- Questions I asked the dealers were-- - Can bike take unleaded (as all of these were speced to take premium) ? All dealers said yes to this, providing you were picky with your product. Honda seemed to be the most leniant towards unleaded).. but it came across to me as an educated guess by the salesman. - Can you interchange FI mapping (power/economy) mode ? nil. Nobody had an answer for this. "Go easy" was one answer. I see this as a software problem. It would be very easy for the manufacturers to recode the fireware to accommodate an ECON/PWR button (just like a car). - Where can I put my alarm ? All was good. The boot's might get a bit hot though (due to the exhaust style of 2006 bikes), but I can fix that problem with insultation - I asked if manufacturer had planned/considered conversion options to alcohol or LPG (ie Basically I asked "what bits of the bike do I have to replace inorder to convert it to LPG, alcohol etc...")-- Nil. Therefore the manufacturers haven't thought about this. Anyway, I decided on the Superduke . It's 6 grand more than what I would pay for a Japenese bike... but I don't care. Regarding conversion... I'll guess I'd deal with that when the time comes. So, yeah, ph___ Peak Oil, I guess I can push it.