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|Ok, where is WAY?|
I was expecting another gushing report by now...
Funny you should mention that. Today I met my friend Kevin (who owns Driver Dynamics - free plug for him) at St Kilda for a ride down to Mornington for coffee. Kevin brought his 6 month old Suzuki GSX1400 for our little run. My first impression is that this bike is massive! Indeed it is, and blardy heavy.
Anyway, we had a good squirt here and there and boy is the sound of the Ducati intoxicating. And I haven't even got Termis yet! The lumpy V-twin vibrates through your body each time you twist your right wrist. Some times I feel like I am riding a Harley. Off the light, my Monster is so keen to lift it's front wheels that I am very cautious at traffic lights (err, in looking around for "other traffic" when I take off). One thing that is puzzling me more and more is why is the Monster so unfriendly at below 3000rpm especially when it has mountains of torque. I have heard all sorts of theory but the one that makes most sense is that the tune just isn't right due to the noise and emission standards and you really need to get the Termis and tune to help smooth things out. Good enough reason to get the Termis I say!
After our long coffee and chit chat, we swapped bikes heading back. What a revelation! How smooth is the 4 cylinder Suzuki! And how easy is it to ride? I reckon a L-plater can ride this thing smoothly and comfortably despite it being 1400cc! One thing surprised me though, and that is the torque. The Suzuki is meant to have some 20 odd nm more than the Ducati, but the Ducati feels much torquer! I don't know if it's because of the vibrations ( ) or because the Ducati is some 60kg lighter. I am guessing the latter. On a road like today's where it is mainly cruising, I would take Kevin's bike over the Ducati. But as Kevin said, riding the Ducati after the Suzuki is like riding a push bike in terms of weight and maneuverability. To me, the difference is like driving a GT3 vs a S600. Whilst the S600 still has the grunt, it is heavy, plush, comfortable, smooth. The GT3 is noisy, hard, light, not that comfortable but shines in it's handling.
I can see the rationale for the Suzuki, but for me I want a bike that corners, so it isn't my type of bike. But I can see something like that in my garage one day for long cruises. Makes me wonder why people buy cruisers when something like this Suzuki will eat miles so well and can still take corners and probably more comfortable than any cruisers out there? (Ok I have never ridden a cruiser but I just can't imagine anything being as smooth, easy to ride and comfortable as this bike)