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Changed from a Pan European to a 2003 GSX750F and wow ! Bucket loads more fun. just been to Norway and it performed so well, covering 1700 miles in a week - only problem being no tread left on the front tyre after so many hair pins. I too find that I'm always looking for another gear - it doesn't need one cos the power is always there but it does rev high. Such value for money I think I'll keep this one for a while.
I have to say I am quite attached to this bike. It is surprisingly forgiving and has kept me with the shiny side up when perhaps it should have gone down.
The one thing that is a bit annoying is that you constantly look for another gear, it seems to rev quite high. I have toyed with the idea of changing cog size to overcome this.
The styling of the faring did save my leg when I put it down as I was able to just slide my leg out from under the bike - always a bonus.
This bike is big heavy looks quite sporty and a little dated. Mine is a 1991 model so is 15 years old and looks slightly worse for wear.
It is extremely reliable, in 10,000 miles since I bought it I have only had to perform minimal routine maintenance. (replace tyres etc.)
Its performance took me by surprise when I bought it it has around 100 bhp listed to speed is 142 Mph and 0 to 60 takes a few seconds (not sure of an exact figure but about 4 elephants if you know what I mean) it is a joy to ride in the dry but a little edgy in the wet, the wheels wander over white lines etc. on greasy or wet roads.
The best thing about the performance is it is not too harsh in its delivery of the power, you can accelerate as fast as you can without having to struggle to keep the front wheel down constantly. This is the first proper motorbike I have owned and would recommend it to anyone starting off as a first big bike. It is still very easy to get caught out, as it is with any motorbike but I find it very forgiving and have yet to fall off it whilst moving.
The Mirrors could be a lot better, unfortunately I have narrow access to my garden where the bike is kept so have to fold the mirrors in every time I put the bike away. This has led to them becoming virtually unusable as I constantly have to readjust them, they have worked loose and no longer stay where they are put.
I am trading up this summer for a newer and sportier bike but I cannot bring myself to part with this one so I am keeping it for winter use.
I had one of these for about three years. I put 56,000 miles on it during that time and found it to be a very competent bike. The only major problem I had was with the ignition in wet weather. Nothing solved that. Heavy rain would cause it to misfire more and more until eventually I had to stop and call the RAC. I tried everything to solve that, but never managed it. I only crashed once and the damage was limited to cosmetic stuff only. The large plastic faring helped that. The performance was good, up to about 90, but after that it was little gutless. That’s why I changed it for a ZZR-1100. I sold it to a friend who has taken it to 80,000 miles and he has just sold it on again. And still it goes!