I'm liking this bike!
Most of y'all probably know what I do by now. that said, I get a chance to ride different bikes for my living , yeah, I know, it's a tough life! Y'all probably know I had a gen 3 650, and now have a 2015 v1000. I just wanted to share that I REALLY like this bike! It's not as nimble as the 650, but it makes up for it in acceleration. Even with traction control on, 1st gear wheelies are a wrist flick away. Although the redline is 10000, the factor limiter is actually set at 9500. I raised mine to 10k, as it's not a problem, stress wise for this engine, and it's still pulling well for the extra 500 rpms. I'm honestly amazed that the engine has as broad of a power band as it does without VVT. To me, this is the most rpm flexible non vvt engine I have ever ridden on. The result is that I can idle along at 5 mph / 800 rpm with no fear of the engine trying to die , and yet pull to 10k on a WOT romp. THAT is an impressive spread for any engine!
The only place I find lacking is suspension. Seriously lacking, actually. So now I'm faced with the dilemna of dropping a bunch of money to fix that. I did so on my Concours, and it was transformational. What I'd be seeking is something more worthy of broken pavement and offroad riding. More compliance. This nice part about this bike is that it's easy to handle on dirt roads, so that opens up more riding opportunities for me. I just need to get it so my kidneys can take it, and I'm not rattling parts off the bike.
If anyone has any suspension upgrade tips, I'm all ears. I'm researching now, and so far it seems the answer is like BMW... "BRING MORE WALLET" 'cus it's gonna cost! Steve