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The test ride/s

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Jeffco, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. #1 Jeffco, Sep 8, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2016
    So had a day off today needed to take care of a blocked storm water drain, by that I mean be here so the plumber could :).

    So after that was done & the chores and requests from The Boss & the kids were done I had some free time so I finally decided time was right to start ticking off some test rides for my new bike :).

    No specific time period is planned so I will test as many as I can and see what I like best. Budget 10K. new and used will be sampled.

    So bikes on the list Suzuki S40 & M50, Vulcan S, XVS650 & Bolt, VT 400 & 750, HD 883 2000-2008. feel free to add others.

    Current ride 1997 Kawasaki EL 250 (The Mean Machine ) :ROFLMAO: 19.9kw, 17.5 Nm, 140kg dry, 6 speed.

    Rider 5'5 & ruggedly handsome :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    I flat foot when I'm on EL, its a comfortable ride Ive never felt underpowered or worried on any road, it moves and manoeuvres well & is great for filtering. Its no speed demon but gets up and goes you just have to be quick on the gear changes . if I had any complaint it would be that it gets blown around a little to easily on windy days :)

    So today i looked at the S40
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    23Kw, 50Nm, 172 Kg wet

    Fit & Finish is Quite good its a 8k bike (brand new) not to much plastic everything felt solid.

    When sitting on it I felt comfortable, no stretching, forward controls a first for me were also comfortable.

    Bars are different as well (T-bar), but again no arm stretch. Paint and finish are quite good, In comparison it actually looks a little smaller than EL.

    So my escort is finally ready key in ignition on hit button nothing hit it again nothing Houston we have a problem.

    Then the guy motions to the clutch lever, so I it pull in hit start bingo :).

    So on our 20 minute test ride we hit various roads and freeway (a small section) along with the accompanying speed zones.

    So off we go out onto the Princes Hwy left and the power from the first 3 gears especially in comparison to my little bike is significant, and you can hold them for longer. I'm used to quick changes.

    The power is probably not all that much to a lot of others here but to me its was noticeable enjoyably so :).

    On road the bike felt good underneath still surprisingly light and manoeuvrable, filtering was also easy.

    I was smiling like a nutjob every time I took off :), & power through all the gears was very good. Gear changing was smooth although I did try and go to sixth a couple of times cause that's what I'm used to :) but hey, once I got that sorted it was a good ride

    On the road the bike felt solid & the ride comfortable, seat was more shaped than mine and felt good too, how it would be on daily rides to the city or longer rides is anyone's guess but it felt good. it was also a windy day but I didn't get blown around like I would with EL.

    Overall an impressive start to my test riding journey. Suzuki S40 is a tick & current clubhouse leader :)

    On the downside the 25 minutes it took someone to find someone to do a test ride and the short time of it. Especially after I said to the sales guy I wanted a longer type ride on the freeway cause it will be used on them mostly.

    Wont be in a hurry to go back there.

    No idea whats up next but will update this when I do


    One thing I didn't like on the bike is the tank mounted speedo I found it took more than just a quick glance down to check your speed, on EL I do it and still feel like I have my eyes on the road with the S40 it was more of a distinct look down to check.
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  2. nice write up. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the Bolt, they seem pretty good and have a great riding position. I haven't ridden one but have sat on a couple and I could see myself interested in one for sure. the Stryker's look pretty hot too but a bit up in price.
  3. Yeh they had one the floor very nice :) if I could stretch the budget it would surely be on the list.
    As the bolt it certainly looks good so lets see what it like in the flesh :)
  4. nice read, good review. i will read this with great interest. hey chilliman64 where did you get the netrider sticker. i want 2.
  5. You will get a good bike within the budget.

    Maybe add a MT07 or 09 to the list as well...
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  6. I got some from a secret source... but I have a few spare, if you send me your postal addy by pm I'll send you a couple. they came about because of this thread, hence the reason a lot of us are rocking anti-cancer/pink ribbon slogans on our avatars:
    Which colour scheme will garner the most attention for a great cause?
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  7. Thanks Lazy LibranLazy Libran I must admit I was considering the MT-07 purely for a point of difference from the cruisers so will try one
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  8. Great info in the OP JeffcoJeffco - will be watching your thread with interest.

    I know next to nothing about the cruiser style of bike and have only ever ridden one, once - XVS650.....in a carpark....

    Good luck, being in test pilot mode is always fun.
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  9. I'd the XVS 650 Custom before the FZ1N.

    It was awesome.. Loved the looks and the sound with Vance and Hines Cruzer pipes was sensational.

    Was on numerous NR rides and never had an issue, but after 4 years and 40K kms, needed something different and with more power. :D
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  10. Not a cruiser person but I've said this before, I do like the looks of the Bolt.

    Was also going to say try an MT-07 just for seating position.
  11. If you do get a chance to ride a Bolt...make sure you give it a fair run around...

    They might weigh 247 kgs and are bigger in physical size than the sportsters, but they are quite nimble once you are moving.
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