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Monday, July 6th, 2015

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Review: 2015 Suzuki GSX-S 1000 F - Fake Shocking Twins

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Product Review Suzuki
Author: Damien Bertrand
Location: 
Paris, France
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Since this is a translation directly from French, some of the colloquialism may seem a bit strange at times, for which I apologize. It's not easy to translate. Any mistakes below are mine, and mine alone.

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Fake Shocking Twins

After the presentation of her GSX-S1000 a few months ago, Suzuki unveiled the streamlined version of its thrilling roadster, the GSX-S1000F (F for fairing). This novelty aims to be even closer to the brand's sportsbikes from which it is derived. With its sharp curves, the Suzuki esthetically seemed to hesitate between these and the Hayabusa missile. However, in the new organizational chart of the brand, it belongs to Street machines. Remember, the GSX refers more to the roadster (1250 FA and 650 F) and on the opposite, the GSX-R (1000, 750 and 600) remains the flagship of the range.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

With its four titles won at the TT, it is on the legendary Isle of Man that the manufacturer from Hamamatsu invited us to evaluate its new muse. It was in 1962 that Suzuki won its first title on this route, now 60.67 km / 37.7 miles, devoid of speed limits. Enough to reveal all road capabilities of the latest model, while practicing a pilgrimage to that promised land for all bikers. From the flight Birmingham-Man, the atmosphere is given by my seatmate, absorbed by the biography of ... Guy Martin.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Discovery

The variant of the roadster has a much stronger personality than its false twin. Sleek but ostentatious, its plastic is unmistakable about its sporting pretensions. Tapered, its front plunges such as a spout, flaring in two angular optics which receive the lower ends of the position lights. The whole is crowned by a narrow windshield devoid of setting and framed by narrow sides two-tone and multi-layered.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

The whole forms, even more than on the naked, a muscular front with imposing and prominent shoulders. The rest of the motorcycle takes the esthetics of its naked double, loosely stretching the lines on the reservoir of 17 liters and substantially inclined from the rear loop to the front.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

The overall finish is significant, in every detail, where the covering and components do not suffer from their adjustment. The various fairing surfaces provide dynamics and elegance. Engine housing and matt black frame surfaces are neat, cables and hoses well integrated at the block. The entire motorcycle consists of a powerful visual signature.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

To finalize the esthetic considerations we may also rely on a wide range of carbon-based personalization options and other accessories. My favorite remains the set of calipers of the same color, or not, as the motorcycle ...!

In The Saddle

Identical in position and sitting as on the naked model, the GSX-S1000F seems low, with 815 mm seat height, its narrow saddle, optimized for accessibility. Without excess, the leg curl is still pronounced and retreat on the saddle limited. The chest inclines naturally, dropping hands on the wide flat Renthal handlebars. Halfway between sportsbike with straight handlebars and equipped roadster, Suzuki seems quite suitable for the extreme exercise that is the road race. Higher by nearly 17 cm and closer by 7 units of the half-bracelets of a GSX-R, the handles provide a finer control. Lowered by 24 mm and advanced by 32, ground clearance will however be less effective.

City and Villages of Man

Completed three weeks before our arrival, the latest edition of the TT offers us some specific elements still in place (protection poles, straw bales in red and white) ... enough to raise some excitement when getting on the GSX -S1000F aligned along the Grandstand, the starting point of the race. It is time to put tires in the footprints of living or dead TT legends. Starting with that our Marshall-of-the-day, Richard "Milky" Quayle, multiple winner of the race.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Leaving the pits, we leave towards Bray Hill, at 30 mph (48 kph) regulation when not in race, in urban areas. Outside the walls, it's all the time ... up to you! But we will of course take into account the traffic, the road is not closed.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

The four-cylinder sets the tone. Its grave and ample melody recalls its hyper-sport origin. In traffic, the balance of the chassis is helped by a distribution of masses placed at the lowest. Its weight of just 212 kg (214 kg with ABS) ready to roll giving us a pleasure. Contained, the turning radius makes maneuvering easier in town. And the good field of rear vision without vibration to verify that no competitor catches up with you ...

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Particularly flexible and available, the Suzuki block takes the crew vigorously even at low speed, regardless of the gear engaged. If the clutch is a little firm, selection always appears smooth and precise. So once again we regret the injection jolts to the delivery of the throttle. Sensitive on the first three gears and to almost 5000 rpm, these shakes are detrimental to comfort and efficiency and in many riding phases. Fault lies with the ecological norms and impoverished mixture, the block being to the Euro 3 standards and Euro 4 ready. We wish for an updated mapping, unworthy of its performance. Similarly, the vibrations are always present, like on the naked model, from 4000 rpm but dwindling thereafter. Fortunately, at a faster pace, the four cylinder is pure pleasure.

Roads

Thus, leaving Ballacraine, we reach the coast and its layout, more slender but bumpy. Filled with a very fat torque and with a remarkable reach, the 999 cc Suzuki supports its raging developments through captivating vocals. From the rumbling sound to the metal shrillness at high revs, few other four-cylinders as much flatter the ear. Raging from 4,000 revs, it becomes masterful at 7,000 and orgasmic beyond, without ever losing its strength before the breaker at 11,800 rpm. In 4th, we then flirt with 130 mph (210 kph) between walls and fields lined with trees ... Very far from the pace of heroes.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

The uncertain asphalt emphasizes the neutrality of the GSX-S1000F and the agreement of its suspensions. If the front end seems light, it corrects itself, providing more excitement than anxiety. I nevertheless closed the front and rear expansion, for greater accuracy and limit the movements. Effective and sensitive.

Under the arch of the trees, we head towards Ballaugh Bridge, where it is fashionable to leave the ground. You do not mess with the local customs, to which I bow, modestly of course. My steed found the floor without stumbling and ready to tackle the "mountain" after crossing Ramsey.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Some tight curves used to assess the accuracy of the chassis and the ease of setting the angle. Weary ... we return to the injection jerks, making it difficult to move on a light throttle ... Detrimental at use in the trajectories and tedious. Especially that the agility is good, the GSX-S1000F placing itself without looking, reacting to the slightest movement to the handlebars and footrests. However I would have, like with its twin, preferred a rear tire width reduced to further improve the agility of the motorcycle. The corner exit traction is ensured by the 190 mm of the tire, but it sometimes seems to "stick" in the corner during rapid change. The drive wheel collects the 160 hp (unofficial) without difficulty, under the vigilance of a traction control always as transparent in its implementation. The ergonomics of the controls allows rapid parameter assignment and push buttons are in the image of the ergonomics: simple and accessible.

No Limit

The horizon opens again towards Bungalow, leaving room for excess. Launched at more than 140 mph (240 kph), I rant against the limited decline of the rider's saddle. Missing 30 to 50 mm so that my one meter eighty four more readily extends behind the narrow windscreen of the Suzuki. Although minimal, this big windshield brings a real plus, as all the fairings, essentially diverting the air pressure. The whole also plays positively on the front axle of the Japanese, allowing an even more serene and lively steering. Similarly, progressive and powerful braking delivered by the front calipers ensures, on every occasion, first-rate decelerations. If necessary only, the ABS (not disconnectable) emerges from its discretion, without affecting the steering. The rear element seems a bit quiet but ensures good trajectory control if necessary.
It's the end of the hills and the front wheel takes off again in the descent of Creg-Ny-Baa and his well-known pub, set in the middle of the curve. The stretches that follow allows me to do a nice 155 mph (250 kph) before slowing down and to return to our starting point.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Cross Roads

After two laps, our guide took us on paths less traveled, very narrow and covered with corrugated iron. This is where the champion comes to test his suspension settings ... Our GSX-S1000F is doing brilliantly. If comfort is logically undermined, the motorcycle retains its homogeneity on all occasions and still allows to keep a good pace. Even when slightly angled, both wheels off the ground ... the machine just wavers on landing and resumes its path. An excellent point, proving an effective and successful chassis.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Frame

Neutral front axle, especially evident on this streamlined version and an agility that characterizes the GSX-S1000F. Its quality fork can read the road with confidence. The shock absorber agrees squarely with the front once adjusted and allows to appreciate the stiffness of the Suz '. One can also retain the brakes on an angle without an uncertain reaction.

Brakes

To stop the big roadster, the Brembo monobloc radial calipers are more than up to the task. Progressive and powerful, they are used to adjust the deceleration accurately. Effective, the ABS shows itself perfectly set. The rear adds to the usefulness of the system, allowing to establish accurately the motorcycle in the curve.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Comfort/Duo

250 kilometers of roads mythical did not affect my physical. Only the most violent shaking suffered during the "track-test" of our Marshall have resulted in the general discomfort. The geometry and ergonomics on board does not fall into the radical, maintaining the control. Short and low, the windshield ensures only the minimum service.
Pure sports roadster, transporting a pillion will be anecdotal. The folding seat serving as seating and a lack of effective holding device that will appeal only to masochists.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Fuel Consumption

At a good pace on the interim gears, the GSX-S1000F displays an average fuel consumption of 7.2 liters per 100. By staying in the 6th gear most often we get 6.5 liters. This means that the machine is restrained in view of its performance.

Review 2015 Suzuki GSX S 1000 F

Conclusion

The extra aerodynamic deflectors and the steering head do not make the GSX-S1000F a truly different motorcycle from its sister. Unlike a Yamaha MT09 and its variation the MT09 Tracer, the Suz' is, in a literal sense, a streamlined roadster without affecting its handling. Its assertive esthetics gives it a character nevertheless unusual from the Hamamatsu firm. However, their similarity can raise questions about the positioning of this Suzuki. Unlike some of my colleagues, I find the F more relevant than the naked, as its few differences bring it a greater pleasure. And I even think that this model could stand on its own. You may be object that a GSX-R with straight handlebar could have been better, but its most radical geometry and devoid of traction control would not have provided sufficient homogeneity.
At little cost, the Japanese manufacturer offers two powerful and efficient bikes with attractive mechanics. You can only oppose it with the same competition as the sister and the latter too, priced at €11,999 and €12,499 with ABS. The novelty appears at €12,599 and €13,099 with anti-lock, or 600 € more.
Excluding this family war, I will cite only its closest colleague in concept, undoubtedly the seductive Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, priced at €13,999. Less "manly" and electronized, the Suzuki GSX-S1000F opposes with an attractive versatility for superior everyday pleasure. Even if the price of the Japanese seems a little high. At the intersection of two worlds, the GSX-S1000F joined the Italian in such unusual, potentially creating a new trend.

Strong PointsWeak Points
  • Character and engine availability
  • Agility of the chassis
  • Comfort
  • Ergonomics
  • Finishing
  • Electronics
  • Injection jerkiness penalizing low rpm
  • Too wide rear tire
  • Vibrations
  • Damping a little dry on steep compressions


Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Pope ’Papa’ Francisco On A Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment Funny Celebrities
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Wow, the pope on a motorcycle. Well, not him, but t-shirts with his face on it. I guess that's the closest he'll ever get to being on one.

Pope Papa On Motorcycle
© AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

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A motorcycle is covered t-shirts with image of Pope Francis at the entrance of Samanes Park where Pope Francis will give a mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Francia is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He'll travel to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, which are beset by problems that concern him deeply, income inequality and environmental degradation. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)


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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 3 July 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Going through a major heat wave here when even riding my motorcycle was too hot. Sweating on the bike is no fun, and I refuse to ride without protective gear. With temperatures over 40°C, it's HOT. So back to reading motorcycle articles on the internet in my air-conditioned house. Here are a few articles you may have missed over the last few days.





Enjoy.

Book Review: Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Geezer With A Grudge Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 26JUL
Summary: A review of the book "Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu", adventure travelling.


Park Hall Academy pupil escorted to prom by The Outlaws biker gang Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Birmingham Mail Open link in a new window
Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 27JUL
Summary: How cool is that. A teenage girl going to her prom gets a biker gang escort.


2015 Assen MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: Rossi vs Marquez Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: Netherlands flag  Netherlands
Date: 28JUL
Summary: Great analysis of the famous MotoGP race of Assen last weekend.


Horex to bounce back to life with new VR6 motorcycle Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 1JUL
Summary: Horex is dead. Long live Horex. Back from the dead...zombie time.







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For Gals and Guys: KTM Underwear

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  KTM
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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You can put a KTM logo on almost anything and sell it as merchandising. T-shirts, shorts, jackets, beanies, boots, helmets ... the list if very long for the Austrian company.

Now they have gone personal and intimate; underwear for girls and guys. You really need to love the orange brand I guess.

The female version, item number: 3PW1580201 to 3PW1580205 (01 is S size, 05 is XL size)

KTM Girls Underwear

The KTM logo is on the elastic band, and the strategically placed text reads "And in the end, you are nothing but dirt for me".

Price around: UK£16 / €20

For men, it's item number: 3PW1560101 to 3PW1560106 (sizes small to XXL)

KTM Guys Underwear

The boxer short is made out of 95% cotton and 5% elastane.

Price around: UK€16 / €22

As usual, these products are not available in the USA, but they do have an alternative (for guys):

UPW1460102 up to UPW14601066 for sizes Small to XXL, those item numbers will get you these rather bland KTM shorts:

KTM Guys Underwear USA

Price around: US$45 for a pack of three.

Sorry girls, you'll need to order your KTM undies online from Europe.






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Not Afraid Of Some Rain On My Motorcycle, Not At All

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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This is the reason I'm not afraid of a little bit of rain while riding my motorcycle. Clever hey???

Not Afraid Of Rain







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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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Netherlands: Spreading Salt On Roads, Not For Ice, But For Heat

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Usually you spread salt on the roads when they start icing up. The salt melts the snow, and prevents water from becoming ice. If you live in a country where it snows and freezes, you know what I'm talking about. Of course the salt is a living hell for our motorcycles, especially for any chrome, but not spreading salt makes the roads more dangerous for us.

And if you thought you were finally safe from salt, you'd be wrong. Very wrong if you live in The Netherlands. There, in the province of Gelderland, the authorities have started spreading salt on their secondary roads, just like they do in the winter.

Salt Spraying

The reason: the roads have just been resurfaced and the new asphalt surface was not capable of sustaining the heat wave that is hitting that part of Europe. So the roads have started to crack and to darken (sweat spots). So the experts deemed that placing salt on the road surface will prevent the new roads from deteriorating.

So back to cleaning your motorcycle after a ride. At least it makes it safer, since the sweat spots are very slippery.

But what a surprise to be stuck behind a salt distributing truck during a heat wave....

Via: Motor




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Uganda: The Motorcycle Equivalent Of Uber - Boda Boda

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Actually, before I tell you about this item, here's finally an explanation of the word Boda-Boda, the term used for motorcycle taxis in that part of the world (Africa). I know it, I've used it, but I never really knew what it stood for, until now.

The term comes from many years ago when traffic between Kenya and Uganda was very difficult, and people took to motorcycles to get to the border; quickly, efficiently but very dangerously. So the motorcycles were used for "border-to-border" traffic, which quickly became BodaBoda. hence the word for motorcycle taxis in that part of Africa. There... learned something....

Back to the item of interest. As I said above, motorcycle taxis are efficient and fast, but also very dangerous. In the main hospital in Kampala Click for map, 40% of trauma accidents are BodaBoda related, which is enormous. Not only the bikers are at risk, but also the passengers. Most bikers have not be trained on riding a motorcycle, and know very little about it. They take great risks, often with several passengers on board. Less than 1% of BodaBoda rides actually use or own a helmet.

Uganda SafeBoda

Here is a video that explains the situation quite well:

SafeBoda - Your Safe Moto-Taxi Ride in Uganda from SafeBoda on Vimeo.


So a company was created which is using a smartphone app like Uber to hail a BodaBoda. The app/company is called SafeBoda Open SafeBoda link in a new window, and obviously it's not the app that makes it safe, but the whole organization.

Uganda SafeBoda
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To become biker member of SafeBoda, you need to apply, and then undergo riding lessons, maintenance lessons, client service lessons and first aid lessons given by the local Red Cross. For about €3 per week (the average revenue for a BodaBoda rider is €6 per day) you get a smartphone, a fluorescent orange vest and two helmets.

Uganda SafeBoda

It takes time to become a SafeBoda rider, since your history and records are checked, and then you need to be trained. So there's a long waiting list to become one of their drivers, but in the end, they are safer, and they get more clients.

So eventually, about 1000 SafeBoda riders will be making Uganda a safer place to hail a motorcycle taxi. Good on them! Here is their introduction video:

SafeBoda - Your Safe and Secure boda ride with Trusted Drivers from SafeBoda on Vimeo.


Click here to access the SafeBoda site Open Click here to access the SafeBoda site link in a new window
Click here to access the SafeBoda Facebook page Open Click here to access the SafeBoda Facebook page link in a new window

Via: Le Parisien




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