My attempt to address the controls/bar issues. Still in progress:Lots to love about this bike, specifically rider comfort, power delivery and handling. Thing that I don't like are stupid, but they add up:
- Engine mounts poke me in the thigh
- All of the panels have different gaps and there's nothing you can do to correct them
- The standard seat is too curved and the comfort seat is too flat and hard
- The fairing and windscreen don't actually fair or screen unless you're in a full tuck
- There is absolutely no adjustable range in the handlebar position. I'd love to pull them back 10 degrees, and slant them down the same.
- The only way I can engage the rear brake is to lift my foot off the peg and place my toe directly on the pedal.
- The only way I can engage the shift lever is if it's adjusted all the way down and I slide my foot all the way down the peg to reach it
- I can't rotate the clutch lever far enough forward to match the brake lever.
- The front brake lever is the only hand/foot control I can adjust into a correct position for me
- With the front brake lever adjusted for my position I can't actually adjust the Ducati Performance lever's reach adjustment.
- All of the hand control issues would be fixed with a standard set of clip-ones, rather than the style that is top mounted and pulls back.
- The Akrapovich exhaust is $3000 and doesn't actually provide any performance benefit.
- The Akrapovich exhaust is the only solution to overheating thighs
- The Akrapovich exhaust is the only way to not burn out the bump stop on the Sachs shock
Let me start this by saying that I LOVE MY SS and will likely never get rid of her...ever.close to a deal breaker is the heat. Ceramic coating and Termi kit still not helping. I actually stopped at a dealer today to look at a Kawasaki ninja 1000abs (after 12 years and 6 Ducati - wow.)
Mirrors suck but yeah, they suck
wish for a little larger tank for touring
would love to see a half fairing option
cruise would be a bonus as would a rear preload adjuster
my wife loves this bike as does all by nieces and nephews. i don't know if the Kawa would get as much family cred... I have a cool uncle image to maintain
i'm not done yet with the heat alleviation. But that brand new 2017 Kawasaki at $2k off is freaking tempting. my buddy tells me to have both...
I must admit I've been considering the Z1000SX recently. It was between the SS and the Z when I got the SS, it was only the weight of the Z that stopped me buying it. I'm still torn between the two, I can't have two bikes. Why is life so complicated.Let me start this by saying that I LOVE MY SS and will likely never get rid of her...ever.
But, I'm not going to get pissed at your for loving the N1K. Its a really nice bike and beats the SS on practically every statistical category. I traded my 2011 N1K for the SS, so I'm familiar with the beast...and beast it is. The looks aren't for everyone (I like it), but the rest of the performance is just tough to beat as it has A LOT going for it. Plus, $500 rebate currently.
The 2018 all black with red rims strips...(drool)