Blue and White 08 gixxer 600 is officially mine!! Yeah.. The whole mode C til the tires are all scuffed up didn't last more than 30 miles. Ha! Found out what the modes do.. Mode A = 100% throttle opening; Mode B = 75% throttle opening; Mode C = 50% throttle opening.
Doesn't affect how I was riding it on the way home, because I barely cracked the throttle everytime I left the lights (still getting used to shifting it.. The clutch is different, and there doesn't seem to be as much forgiveness in the driveline.. It's very jerky if you don't match the revs of the motor and wheel perfectly!).
The bike handles JUST like the 250! OK, not exactly.. You can tell it's slightly heavier, but it still whips around pot-holes and man-hole covers with ease! 60mph is about 5k on the tach... Super nice!
I've already had it up to 80mph too. :
I was on a road that I didn't know the speed limit, so I was cruising at 50mph. I waited until I saw someone approaching in the fast lane, and told myself I would put my pace at theirs (so at least I wasn't going faster). Well, the driver was in a Honda Pilot, and when their headlights were even with my rear tire I gave it some gas... in 6th gear... and shot up to 70mph so fast that I had to get back out of the throttle (I had gone from 50-70, the Pilot's pace, faster than the Pilot could pass). It was too late though, I had pulled ahead of the Pilot by about 2'. I think the driver thought I was trying to race, because they jumped on the throttle and took off. I thought to myself, "No way is this douche gonna out run me" so gave it a bit of throttle again, easily pulled past it at about 80.. Got out of the throttle and coasted back down to 55mph. I cought up to the driver at a red light about a mile down the road; it was a chick.8)
Power is insane on this thing guys... I nearly came in my pants everytime I rolled on the throttle!. Engine braking is insane too; you let off the throttle at 60mph in 6th, and it will pull you down to 30 about twice as fast as the 250 would have.
Still in the break-in procedures (less than 8k rpm for the first 1000 miles), but this thing is way bad ass! I just wish I had bought it a while ago. I only have 60 miles on my bike. :-[
It's damned comfortable too! The seat has SOO much more padding! The foot pegs are really friggin grippy (to the point I have to pick my foot up to adjust it.. I can't just turn my foot like I could on the 250). The exhaust sounds WICKED already, but a little quiet.. I'm thinking of just yanking the entire underside of the exhaust (it's a giant muffler/catalytic converter.. The pipe you see on the side of the bike is just a resonator).
The negatives I've noticed so far.. After the lock position on the steering stem, there is a parking light position. I didn't notice this after I got off my bike and went inside my house last night. My roomate went back out after about 15 minutes and had to tell me my lights were on. I muffed around with things for about another 20 before we finally figured it out. :
Secondly: the bike doesn't like to go slow; at a stop light/sign, or cruising at speeds lower than 40~, the temperature goes way up. Like, at a stop sign it'll hit 205* f with no problem, and it only hit 60*f yesterday ambient. The fans kick in and regulate, but you can feel them pushing the warm exhaust against your legs. bleh.
I've already ordered my first goodies for it too, haha! Fender eliminator and some exhaust wrap (my dad wanted the wrap for his Harley, but I ordered a hundred feet of it and I'm going to wrap my header too). I still need a tank pad pretty badly... I don't think I'll do an exhaust because I plan on turbo'ing the bike within a couple years, and the stock exhaust will suit me just fine until then.
Overall, this bike was the best for me. The Yammi seemed a little quicker, the CBR a little more tame but predictable, and the zx6.. I really didn't like that at all. The gixxer just seemed to be my bike right out of the gate!
Who's the happiest little turd in the world right now?
<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ this guy!