Join Date: May 2016
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My 2 cents:
This bike is surely way ahead than the previous version.
1. Looks: I like the direction. More hi-techy, especially the subtle air vents on the tail and front mask plastics but still characteristically leaner and cleaner than the much more exuberant Yamaha / Kawasaki, more sporty than the "classy" or even "loungey" Hondas and more to-the-point than the extremely angular and almost begging for looks Italians. Regarding the front, I like it. The lights are better than the previous more angular generation (but of course the round headlights are unsurpassable heh). Actually I love the looks apart from the strange-looking underseat area where what I see is a big plastic panel painted in a way to resemble the aluminium sub-frame of the previous generation. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong. Maybe that means at last proper underseat storage but meh anyways.
2. Engine. Hp gain should be noticeable. Ride by wire, different ride modes, and traction control may mean a great deal of difference in riding feel and safety. This, to a man who has highsided his 675 means a lot. I just hope the ride-by-wire doesn't produce a "plastic" feeling on the throttle as many people complained about the new R1. Ride modes is a fine touch too, and I hope there will be a way to create custom throttle response maps too.
3. Instruments: Something tells me that this big TFT screen will be hugely customisable. Let's wait and see - I hope some cool dude finds a way to pair it with police camera sensors or a rearview camera and turn it into a rearview screen, keeping a thin row of pixels on top or the side for basic info like speed and RPM and rendering mirrors redundant.
4. Chassis: I know nothing about geometry but the weight factor seems to at least not be worse so I'm expecting it to be every bit as precise and enjoyable as the previous models. The 675 is so easy anyway that any easier would feel like you aren't riding a motorcycle at all. If I am also correctly seeing, they didn't "upgrade" the forks to 43mm and that's a very-very good thing as the more rigid 43 forks deprive some of the feeling.
In all, if they got the ride-by-wire thing correctly (and there aren't any durability/reliability issues), I think we are in a for a huge improvement. I just wish I had the money.
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