Join Date: May 2018
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Have you decided on the V1k? I have owned mine a relatively short time, but I highly reccomend it. The engine is a slightly neutered Ninja 1000 at ~120hp. It can wake you up. That being said, it has no problem walking away from other bikes and trouble. It is FAST but predictable and confidence inspiring. The traction control helps keep you out of trouble, but you can change modes if you trust your cat-like response with its unfettered engine. It doesn’t play with mode set to 1. I ride in 3, which makes it more idiot proof. I have started to lift the front a few times and it reigned it in instantly without a loss of speed. In rain, it’s been a dream. It gets attention.
If you really want to appreciate the bike, hit a few roundabouts or curvy roads and experience it during countersteering. It dips smoothly and quickly. Sits up quickly with a bit of throttle and flicks from one side to the other quickly and like butter. It doesn’t want to dive or fall in curves; it just settles in. Balance is perfection in my experience. This is where the V1k really shines.
Maneuverability is simply amazing, dare I say ‘flickable.” It rides much lighter than its weight. It carries up to 485 pounds without a grunt. Children and their pets will like you more when you’re on it.
As for the bad, well, there are no bad complaints. There are some minor niggles though.
1.) The brakes are good, but not amazing.
2.) I wish it had places to store a few things in the fairing tops as it has the room, but it doesn’t.
3.) The gearing is a bit low. Sprockets can be changed, but it throws your gear indicator off after gear 2 from what I have heard. It could benefit from a 7th gear.
4.) The bags could be a bit larger, but they are quite nice, watertight and removable.
5.) I wish other colors were available. The black is just not that visible.
6.) There is no cruise control or way to add it.
7.) The seat is less than comfortable. I use an AirHawk. It works perfectly for my butt.
8.) Lastly, there is no gin and tonic dispenser or lime storage compartment. This sucks. That is the real frickin’ tragedy of this bike if you ask me.
In general, it is stable, comfy and predictable. Handles remarkably well at all speeds. Super well balanced. Behaves well. Lots of payload. Playful yet all businees when necessary. A simple and dependable bike that does everything you ask of it with dependability and no questions. You cannot make a bad decision with this bike plus it doesn’t make your butt look big!
Go for it.
With all the pollution and climate change, what kind of world will we leave Keith Richards?
Last edited by Shibumik; 08-17-2018 at 12:31 AM.