Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: San Francisco
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I have a Daytona 675R and a BMW S1000RR; probably two extreme opposites as far as sportbikes go. Each has it's pros and cons.
A scalpel, feels extremely light, flickable, instant change of direction, decent power, amazing sounds (especially with the CF Arrows slip-on and a high octane tune with intake flap and exhaust butterfly permanently open using ECU Tune) tons of fun and can use all the power in a lot of places, great front end feedback, good brakes with the Carbone Lorraine C59 pads.
Utterly berserk, cartoonish power, especially with my full race Akra Ti EVO system and PCV with custom tune; it's freakish. Feels HEAVY compared to the 675R, turns in slower, needs more muscle to change direction, great brakes, great gearbox (now I have 43K miles on the bike), fantastic stability once in the corner, insane exit drive out of the corners (running "slick mode" at the track).
I rode both bikes on the same day at a recent Thunderhill track day and it took me 5 sessions before I was as quick on the S1000RR as I was on the 675R. Once I got a handle on the BMW and got to grips with how differently I had to ride it, I ended up being around 2 seconds a lap faster on it than on the 675R, BUT !! I think I will still be faster on the 675R at Sears Point.
The S1000RR is perfect for Thunderhill with plenty of room to use the power. For example, I was hitting around 135 mph on the 675R at the end of the main straight.... on the S1000RR I was hitting 164 mph !!!
I think riding the S1000RR has made me a better rider on the 675R, because I am utterly wringing the 675R's neck now; the power feels so friendly and usable compared to the S1000RR, that I feel almost invincible on the 675R. The S1000RR is an exercise in controlling a small nuclear explosion when the power kicks in; the 675R is all about corner speed and momentum, where the BMW is point and pull the trigger and then hang the f@ck on. When I get back on the 675R after the BMW, I constantly run into the rev limiter until I recalibrate my right hand. Also, it's weird carrying so much more corner speed and braking later on the 675R.
LOVE both bikes and it's nice to have both, because they are so different.
2011 Motorsports Color BMW S1000RR; Full Akrapovic EVO Ti system with PCV and Dan Kyle map, BMC race filter. 192 RWHP. Pazzo shorties, BMW tank protector.
2011 Triumph Daytona 675R; carbon tank protector, R&G sliders..
2009 Tornado Red. 2009 Arrows Slip-on, High-Octane Triumph tune, Carbon Fiber heat shield, Pazzo shorties black/red, Stompgrips, Triumph Carbon Tank protector.