Demo Day at Santa Rosa Powersports
I attended a Demo day at Santa Rosa Powersports. Just wanted to document my day, whilst it's still fresh in my mind. Firstly thanks to the Staff at Santa Rosa powersports (Chad and team members) they were just awesome hosts, very friendly and very helpfull.
I ride a 2013 DL650.
Duration was 10am to 4pm, and here is are my riding impressions, these are all good bikes, but i will describe how they felt to me. apologies if you own any of these bikes and have different viewpoints.
Very nice bike, lots of power, great handling, i just found the my legs extremely cramped, however Chad indicated the pegs could be lowered by 1-1.5 inches. Nice engine sound, and fun to ride. Seat was comfortable. Could not see the rear traffic, as mirrors would show my shoulders. Good freeway wind protection at high speeds, and lots of wiggle room for my 6 foot body.
Much more relaxed sitting than the GSX750, very nimble, sit up much higher. However the engine was too quite, and too much freeway wind, as speeds climbed over 60 mph. Would be very uncomfortable for me to ride on Freeways. Lots of power from engine, however bike did not energize or excite me.
Could notice it was not as agile as the GSX750, definately more top heavy, and it was not as flickable, not as comfortable to ride as the 750. But still enjoyed the bike, but could not see myself happy on this long term. Engine was more muted and quite than the 750.
Wow what a smooth and comfortable bike, one fellow rider said it was a cadillac, and it definately rode like a cadillac. Engine sounded amazing, reminded me of a triple whistle. Bike however was top heavy, especially when trying to turn it. It was not as flickable as above bikes, but definately the most comfortable. The adjustable windscreen was huge and amazing. Lots of power, but i did not like the 5 speed, wish it had a 6th. At slow speeds difficult to move it around.
Nice bike, very comfortable, lots of power, however engine and shaft drive felt clunky. Engine sound felt a little boring, i realized parallel twins are not good attractive/appealing for me. Big and comfortable, quite manouvarable.
Wow, best engine, best sound, lots of power, very flickable. I did not notice any suspension issues (as everyone talks about), it felt firm, seat was comfortable, however i did not have room to move around the cockpit like the 750. Wind impact was less than Fz07 but still noticable, so hard for me to ride this comfortably on freeway. I have riden the daytona 675 and the street version, and still feel the triumph triples are sightly more invigorating.
Good safe bike, however i did not like it much, as the inline 4 was not as spirited as i expected it, bike felt slightly top heavy and was not easily manvourable. However bike felt safe, and kept its line well on the freeway and felt planted. The seating position was similar to the FJR, and i think this setup is not ideal for me (just my personal taste), FJR however was a lot more smoother, responsiive and more powerfull
Wow what a bike, handles extremely well, very responsive engine, slighlty better than the 750 (for me) as the engine was very responsive and sounded better, and energized me more. Probably my favourite out of the bunch today. Good wind protection on the freeway, however GSX750 had slightly better wind protection.
So my preferences would be ZX6r, GSX750, FJR1300, GSX1000, FZ07, Super Tenere, FZ07, FZ6R
Then i got onto my VStrom 650 and realized what an amzing bike the DL650 is, so smooth, the Vtwin engine is amazing sound, and bike is roomy and comfortable, and low down torque is great, and i realized it was a very good purchase decision to buy the Vstromn 650 ahead of all other bikes at the time. Of course i could be seeking confirming evidence, here, but I have tried to be as objective as possible. The DL650 is an amazing motorcycle and suits be best, but I think i would get a sportsbike as a second bike in the future.