Originally Posted by moronic
i prefer the "r" look also when unladen but there is something attractive in an all-business sort of way about the standard bike ("s" ?) when it is loaded up with the crash bar, tank bag and plastic luggage:
i wonder whether kiska planned it that way. A good part of the improvement is the removal of the silver plates protecting the tank lowers, in favour of the crash bar.
The look is definitely growing on me. Enough to wonder whether it represents a bit of a leap that will take a while to get traction. Grudging appreciation in 10 years' time, and recognition as a classic in 20? (yes, i've always liked ducati's 999
from this angle and with the gear on, it makes the new gs look mincing and the multistrada effete, imo.
or have i drunk too much orange already?
On a related note: Does anybody know whether the non-electric suspension on the standard bike is at the same grade as that on the r? For example, the r appears to have concentric adjusters on the rear shock for high-speed and low-speed compression damping. Will the standard bike have the same, just with 30mm less travel?
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