Re: Interest ? - just try one !
Posted by Nigel B on August 27, 2021, 5:10 pm, in reply to "Interest"
I have had mine for over 2 years now & covered just over 8K miles. |
It was one of the earliest into the country (second shipment, I believe, where the first shipment was the dealer demo bikes + pre-orders) in Orange Crush.
I have been & remain delighted with it. It is fast enough for me - I don't know "wot it'll do", but have had it over 90 (sat upright behind a Givi screen with Givi panniers fitted) & it didn't feel strained.
On the test ride it was the handling as much as the way the engine delivers it's power that appealed to me - compared to the Honda NC750S I had at the time it was so much lighter, more agile and precise, and the suspension more compliant. The suspension is still a bit "budget", but less "budget" than the Honda was.
The engine is un-fussy, with a wide spread of torque. It doesn't really need 6 gears & I find 5th & 6th a bit too close together. Having 6th higher & more of an overdrive would make it better for me. It is generally smooth, though I notice a "tingly" vibation patch around 3000 rpm. Top gear runs 4000 rpm @ 60 mph and I am currently averaging high 70's - low '80s mpg.
It sounds good (exhaust note-wise) and is mechanically quiet. Gearchange is really good - probably the best gearchange action I have experienced period. The only gripe I have is that the gearlever goes solid when you get in to top & I prefer it to go free.
Brakes are more than up to the performance of the bike and noticably better than the Honda. Comfort on the standard seat is OK - I can do 3 to 4 hours at a time before it starts to get to feel hard. The OE Pirelli Phantom Sportscomps have given me no dramas & I replaced the first rear with the same @ 4000 miles. Both the original front & the second rear were worn out @ 8000 miles & I have just replaced them with a pair of Continental ContiGo!.
Geoff mentions paintwork shortcomings, but mine is fine in all areas of finish. I have had both mirrors replaced under warranty for failure of the silvering near the cut edge of the glass & the rear shocks which seemed to loose damping. Currently have a warranty claim in for a warped front disc & it is awaiting the recall replacement of both calipers (apparently a few early bikes had corrosion issues & all affected are being replaced with a modified design). Supply issues caused by the Chinapox has held this up a bit.
Servicing has been inexpensive, with a 6000 mile annual service inc. valve clearance check (screw & locknut adjustment) being £180 each for the last 2. There is also supposed to be an "inspection" at 3000 miles, but that is no more than daily checks
I have made few modifications to mine - a handlebar clock & Nemo 2 chain oiler came first, followed by a Givi screen, rack, pannier frames & E22 panniers. Last up was a pair of Motone Customs handlebar risers that move the otherwise comfortable handlebars upwards & rearwards an inch.
I am 5' 9" tall & 31" inseam, so a bit more vertically challenged than you Dave - you would really need to have a sit on one to see how you fit it.
I would replace it with another without the slightest hesitation should the need arise.