Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Western Colorado, USA
New to Kawis
Howdy everyone. I'm looking to purchase either a Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX or a Suzuki GSX-S1000F. This won't happen until next year. Currently I'm riding a BMW K1200LT I purchased from a friend. It's taught me about fairings, heated grips, and cruise control. Not to mention the smoothness of inline fours. It's also taught me that I don't need/want the Queen Mary, either. Curb weight around 850 pounds, and it carries its weight up high. At 64, I'm not quite the man I was and this much weight with a high c of g is not the recipe for fun.
I like the Kawi for the cruise control, ready to go panniers, better tires, better electronics package, factory heated grips available, and damn if I don't just like the look of it.
The Zook has much less in regard to electronics and just overall refinement, but it does have that K5 motor. Luggage is not as clean as Kawasaki's offering. In general, Suzukis seem to always turn well. I'm not thrilled with the styling, looks a bit like a scooter from the front. That's not a big consideration as I can't see the bike while riding it.
I never go on short rides, we live in the country. Minimum of 120 miles, in the mountains. My longer rides are 250-300 miles as I've discovered my arse is no longer willing to support longer rides. Anyway, I'm grateful this forum is available and look forward to learning all I can. Thanks in advance.