|01-29-2013, 09:12 AM||#121|
Joined: Jan 2006
Hello Jon, I saw the GW at the Cleveland ,OH Motorcycle Show this past week end [1/26/13] . The GW appeared a little larger than my GZ [IMHO] I liked the seat and seating position ,for me [5, 91/2 29 inseam ] it was comfortable. My GZ does feel a little cramped but I didn't notice that on the GW. The bike had a nice instrument panel [tach,gear indicator,ditigital speedo,etc] mag type wheels and disk brakes on both ends. Would really liked to have an opportunity to test ride it. It appears black is the only color this year and the price was not avaliable as yet. It had dual exhausts and looked like a larger motorcycle than it is. Overall it had a great appearance. I would love to have the Instruments,disk brakes, and wheels on my GZ, wonder if they would fit? CMS [Terry]
09 DL 650 [Grey/Black]
09 TU 250X [Red]
13 GW 250 [Black]
|02-09-2013, 02:30 PM||#122|
Joined: Jun 2006
Speculation is futile...
Looks like a Gladius 250 to me.
That being said, I didn't think that the Gladius 650, now the SFV650 (gone are the SV650's), is a bad looking bike.
I did think that the Gladius was a bit cramped in the legs for me (6'2", 36" inseam), but I did like the ergos of the reach and forward lean. The bike also felt well-balanced.
Why mention the Gladius? I think it is a 250 version... a HEAVY version. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Lots of people on here calling the GW250 a porker. Well, they said that about my 2006 Honda Interceptor. That was the most fun on two wheels I've had to date. That heaviness turns your bike into something WELL PLANTED during high speed corners. The weight gets pushed into the track/road and gives you this wonderful feeling that you are joined with the road through your bike. You feel PLANTED (did I say that already?!) This gives you confidence and BALLS to push the bike further to find its limits.
I believe that the limits on the Kaw and Honda suspension will be reached faster than that of the Zuki. Translation? - When you're slowing down on bumpy turns cause you're afraid you'll kill yourself on your Kaw or Honda because the front and rear are all over the place, the guy on the GW is going to brake later, be right on your ass going in and pass you on the way out. You may take him on a straight, but he'll be playing with you ALL DAY on the corners because he has the weight keeping him on the road... sound familiar?
I was always pushing my Interceptor and I was always SMILING (sometimes crappping myself and swearing I'll never do THAT again!).
I believe that this GW250 is going to be pretty stiffly sprung as far as a 250 goes. I'll bet the ride is smoother because of it's weight than either the Honda or the Kaw. That means to me that highway rides will be more pleasant, less buzzy, less harsh on expansion joints, than the Kaw or Honda. Am I starting to get through to you that weight is not really a bad thing? It's how you throw it around that counts!
As far as the power to weight sucking ass??? - Since when did that EVER stop any of us from taking a stock bike we like and making it into a pimped out bike we LOVE? Single race exhaust, power commander, change the rear and front sprockets, chain, bore and stroke it, chip it, etc... YOU GET WHAT I'M SAYING YET?
At 180lbs. I'd start off riding the GW with the rear sprung at 5 out of 7 and see what she does. Dump the fork oil, get heavier oil and a progressive set of fork springs.
You want to take off weight? Get rid of the heavy dual exhausts all the way up to the heads. Personally, I like dual exhaust. I think they add balance to a bike.
I wouldn't mind this new GW250 at all. I think it'll prove more fun than the Honda or Kaw, and easier to work on to boot. I think this is going to be a surprisingly flickable grunt machine with a soft side - to your butt - that the others don't have.
My last Suzuki was a 2005 Suzuki 650 V-Strom. I think this GW250 will have the same lazy, fun feel to it.
I'm looking for something to piss off the cagers with in the city. This seems like the ticket to me! My current ride does plenty of cager rage - Fully bagged, heated grips, tricked out 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 with a full Akropovic race dual exhaust.
wabbit45 screwed with this post 02-09-2013 at 02:48 PM
|02-09-2013, 03:25 PM||#123|
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Chandler, AZ
Well, I'm probably out of this one too. Suzuki should have had it in dealerships already. But as soon as I saw the new Honda CTX, I knew that was the bike for me. It will replace my aging cruiser, and I won't need to buy a maxi scooter.
2002 Vulcan 750, 2001 XT225
2008 Vino 125, 2009 Genuine Stella
2012 Zuma 125, 1980 Puch Newport moped
|02-13-2013, 09:45 AM||#124|
Joined: Oct 2011
EDIT: the post I was commenting on is now completely different, so my comment is no longer valid.
Moto Guzzi: 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, 2006 Breva 1100
BMW: 1973 SWB R75/5 "Toaster"
Honda: 96 VFR750, 93 VFR400R(NC30), 88 NT650, 76 CB400F, 76 CB360T, 75 CB550, 75 CB400F 74 CB350F, 73 CL450, 70 CB175, 70 CL175, 68 CL175(3), 67 CB160(2), 67 CL160
Scooters: 2007 Vespa GTS250ie, 2009 Kymco Agility 125
jas67 screwed with this post 02-14-2013 at 06:38 PM
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