I'm getting much closer to making the switch, from a VFR800 to a Ninja 1000. I still haven't had the opportunity to actually ride one yet (one of the benefits from living remote and having no dealer within a bulls roar), so I may have to end up making the decision sight unseen and get it delivered.
I think I can live with most of the things I'm going to lose switching from a VFR. The centre stand, the single side swingarm, etc.
One thing has me concerned, and that is the cornering characteristics. The think I love most about the VFR is that it corners like it's on rails. All other bikes I've ridden are twitchy, you have to hold them in the corner and it's too easy to change the line (you have to concentrate the whole time). Maybe ideal for racing, but for sports touring (for what I ride), the VFR almost sits exactly where you put it and doesn't want to change until you tell it otherwise - I get my most satisfaction out of sitting leaning over in the corner with the bike just as stable as.
So, I'm almost ready to make the switch and I then read this review:
Admittedly the review is for a 2017 model, and I'm looking at a 2019. Is there much difference in the handling between?
So I'm looking for feedback as to how people find this in the twisties. I'd love people who are familiar with both the VFR and the Ninja to comment, but I'd still appreciate Ninja only owners to comment as to what the handling of the bike is like when it's in a corner.
Even if I do manage to get a chance to demo one before buying, it'll be a 'ride around the streets', and nothing that will give me the idea of what it's like in a sweeper, or S sections up the canyons, etc.
How would you describe the characteristics of this in corners? Is the article above a fair assessment. Is the 2019 model significantly improved with cornering compared to the 2017? Does the reviewer have no idea what he's talking about?