02 Suzuki GS 1200 SS discussion forum: RE: The Horsepower factor...
RE: The Horsepower factor...
Kerry said 2003-03-12 21:50:08
Yes I did. Got a bit damp one day but then 3 days of good weather. Did around 1500kms on a 1998 ST2 mostly on day 2 and 3 and I must say that it was a damn nice bike, ideal for that kind of open road riding. First time to ride any distance on a Ducati and it really grew on me. However, I didnīt think that the GS1200ss compared too badly at all and in some ways I still prefer it. The Ducati had lots of lovely usable torque, great brakes and the slickest gearbox Iīve ever encountered (and the most glorious sound out of those mufflers on the downshift) so it was a joy to ride around the nicely cambered twisties around Lake Hawea, but it ran out of puff pretty quick and just didnīt have the "haul" the GS has got. I couldnīt feel a geat deal of difference in handling so I couldnīt quite see what was so remarkable about Ducati handling but then Iīm no expert. But that gearbox made the GSīs seem really crappy. Anyway a generally terrific experience, just should have been 2 weeks instead of 4 days.
Low point was actually being passed at speed in the Lewis Pass by a V-Rod (who ever heard of a Harley going that bloody fast and going around corners that well?) and not being able to catch him.
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