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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-08-2020, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Testing out a Supersport this Sunday...

Hi guys!

A little bit of info from me, currently using a tuned 2011 blade...had it from new for 9 years, itís done 38,000 miles, and gap have track dayíd it, Euro tour all over Europe every year since Iíve had it covering 3-4K miles each tour.. france, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, Spain, mountain passes etc... but, I need to slow it down these days...

Previous bikes where tuned Triumph Daytona etc... all race reps....thereís the history sorted...

Now, I want something ďsofterĒ but still racy... and while browsing the internet, came across the panigale looking supersport! Gorgeous looking thing, looks sportsbike esque but after reading and watching reviews seems itís what Iím after...

Iíve demoíd many bikes this past 12 mnths , and nothing has floated my boat ( BMW s1000r ( wind blast) R9T ( wind blast over 100) panigale 1199 ( too uncomfortable for euro trips and long rides), speed triple ( wheelie mobster, but no good for euro trips) ....

The blade, which I love is epic... but Iím getting older and itís set up for the track and fast road (fabulous on the B500 in Germany and fast track) but is really hard and twitchy on the majority of roads... elevated after a recent OhLins fork update and set up with Kais....

So... the Supersport has caught my eye... it looks great, the specs suggest useable torque low down, not silly BHP thatís unusable and has OhLins and a quick shifter as standard....
It looks great for touring, scratching, commuting.. so hits every nail on the head.
I know Iíll miss the power of the blade ( 176 at rear wheel, but most of power is at 10k and above) but want useable every day power for touring and blasts out on a regular basis.... without missing out on the fun factor.

I borrowed a friends Buell 1125r a few months ago, and loved the v twin and low down torque and the handling was epic...so Iím familiar with twins.... eats rear tyres, mind.

So... any pitfalls on servicing, good aftermarket parts and anyone else coming down from a 200bhp super bike owner who has made the swap and have any regrets??

Cheers!
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Now, I want something ďsofterĒ but still racy... and while browsing the internet, came across the panigale looking supersport! Gorgeous looking thing, looks sportsbike esque but after reading and watching reviews seems itís what Iím after...
So... the Supersport has caught my eye... it looks great, the specs suggest useable torque low down, not silly BHP thatís unusable and has OhLins and a quick shifter as standard....
It looks great for touring, scratching, commuting.. so hits every nail on the head.
I know Iíll miss the power of the blade ( 176 at rear wheel, but most of power is at 10k and above) but want useable every day power for touring and blasts out on a regular basis.... without missing out on the fun factor.
So... any pitfalls on servicing, good aftermarket parts and anyone else coming down from a 200bhp super bike owner who has made the swap and have any regrets??
Cheers!
I didn't change to the SS from a 200 HP superbike, but from a 130 hp supersport (MV F3) and I'm happy. The SS is a far better mount for street riding, the riding position and suspension are spot-on for the street, as is the mid-range torque. It's just such an easy bike to ride, no matter what roads you travel. Servicing is no problem, except that, like all the new bikes, the electronics almost require a dealer for anything beyond lubing the chain and changing the oil/filter. "Aftermarket parts" is mostly exhaust systems and tail tidys; it's not a race bike. I wish it had a TFT dash and cruise control, but I haven't found a perfect bike yet. And the mirrors go fuzzy over 65 MPH, but there are some solutions to that. I'd buy it again.
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yeah, you're going to miss the power at first. you have to really whip the throttle on the SS to feel anything compared to the CBR1000RR. Everything you said about it is spot on, though. The power is very usable after you get used to it. Comfort is a million times better than the RR. Fuel consumption for me (compared to the RR) was about the same, however other owners here have reported much better consumption than me. Both bikes got me about 110 miles before I had to fill up.

RZ made a good point that the SS's electronics are a bit much. You can't tune it and you can't turn off the service light, which lights up for scheduled oil changes and the valve service. My dealer won't turn it off unless they do the work, so I'm just leaving it on. I'm not paying $300 for an oil change.

I had the 06 CBR1000RR in blue and yellow. I miss looking at her, the way she sounded, and the power, but I don't miss the riding position or the weight.
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I always do my own servicing and work on my bikes... I donít trust anyone else.

It looks like the service light bulb will be removed then...
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I always do my own servicing and work on my bikes... I donít trust anyone else.

It looks like the service light bulb will be removed then...
It's a digital screen so you can't remove the bulb. Just ignore it.
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@Sin Welcome!

Words can help, but my guess is youíll know in a few minutes of riding the SS, if its right for you...

Looking forward to your ride report!

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The SS is definitely more than the sum of its parts, but only you can decide if itís the right bike for you. As Ed said look forward to your impressions.
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To the OP, one thing to mitigate the power deficit is to install a 14 tooth front sprocket. It makes a good difference as the bike is a tad overgeared with stock 15 tooth sprocket. It's an easy change for a $20 part. It's probably the only performance enhancement available other than maybe a reflash.
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To the OP, one thing to mitigate the power deficit is to install a 14 tooth front sprocket. It makes a good difference as the bike is a tad overgeared with stock 15 tooth sprocket. It's an easy change for a $20 part. It's probably the only performance enhancement available other than maybe a reflash.
The 14t in front is a good mod but I'd also add that an exhaust upgrade will be worth it if you want more punch- like a Termi D181 which I did. There's an up-map for it as well that works well.

Exhaust is about $800 depending on which part of the world you live & the map is maybe $3-400. Pic below-
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I remember that bike; is that you Si?
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