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No more SD GT, traded for 2020 Ninja 1000SX May 2020

Post by jjscsix » Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:09 pm

I traded my Superduke GT last week for a new 2020 Kawasaki 1000SX. I had 31,000 miles in the GT in just over two years. I did not want to rack up big miles with no warranty. So I decided it was time to go. This is pretty normal for me.

I have put 600 miles on the 1000SX in the four days I've owned it and I love the bike.
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Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:24 pm

G'day jjscsix, or should that be "jjscSX"..... ;)

I was just reading a review about the 2020 1000SX in my current AMCN bike magazine..... :lol:

Kawasaki has done a bit of work on them and they are now the same wet weight as the SDGT. A very nice bike!

I'm not likely to put many kms/miles on my GT in the next couple of months as I am going in for hip replacement surgery on Thursday...... I know..., me and hospitals... :roll: ., but they reckon I'll be out by Sunday.

Happy riding on that SX'y machine ;)
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Post by jjscsix » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:37 pm

Thanks Dave. I will pop in to this forum from time to time - you and I have a good history.

Best of luck on the hip replacement. My riding buddy went through it a few years ago. About three months after his surgery we took a 4,000 mile trip and he was fine.

I love the new bike. I just did the 600 mile service myself today. I had a 2011 and it's amazing how much they have improved this bike, and I loved the first one. This one feels much lighter than the old one even though its 14 lbs more. The tweaks to the front suspension geometry made a major difference. That along with a new seat, fantastic TFT instruments, improved fairing, better gas mileage.....
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Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:11 pm

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: ........ but still no center stand.... :lol: ;) .

Glad to hear others are still riding even with metal CV joints in their hips! I was a bit worried when the radiation oncology doctors advise that the blast of radiation they will give me (to control calcification post surgery), may cause the bone to be more prone to fracturing in a fall....... I thought, hmmmm, that might be code for 'hand in your bike keys'........ so I'll wait and see how I'm feeling in 2-3 months time :| .

Oh yes, silver is a slick colour on the SX........
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Post by jjscsix » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:17 am

How did the surgery go?
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Post by Aussie Dave » Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:01 am

:D Cheers jjscsix

I'm back home (since tuesday..... it's now 9am Thursday on this side of the rock). 5.5 days in hospital.

Bloody amazing..... there is only one small scar (app 3" long) as they do the entire operation in from the front, instead of the old way via the rear with your ankle up near an ear(no butt cuts in this procedure :lol: ).

So recovery is super fast, and there are very few post op restrictions on movement.

Of course, it's in my DNA to be difficult, so my op was a "long" one - 3.5 hrs on the table instead of the average 1-2hrs....... but as my original trauma occurred back in 1986, the body has been trying to repair itself for 34yrs and I overheard one of the surgical team comment that there was a lot of cleaning out to prepare the site. Also, because of the long time on the table they think I dehydrated which probably caused some low blood pressure and low red cell blood counts and some 38.6 temperature spikes..... I always felt good, but you gotta have the right numbers before they let you go home!

I've not heard of many needing a blast of nuclear radiation to prevent re-calcification of the new joint - but I'm one of them - so that adds an extra day or two to recovery....... although I don't glow in the dark and still can't see through walls....... :lol:

I am impressed though...... I feel like I don't need crutches, but I'll do as they advise during recovery..... I don't want to go back in again any time soon....... although there were plenty of pretty young things..... and the foof was good .....hmmmm ;)

Also, the surgeon told me the hip joint he chose for me was the type he would choose for himself.... very robust and zero problems!

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Post by mick shere » Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:26 am

Glad all well mate, make sure you dont rush recovery eh? ;)
Our local, hospital are doing the hip replacement as outpatients now :shock:

Take care and dont shoot the physio's

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Post by jjscsix » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:00 pm

Good to hear Dave. You are very close to being the bionic man!
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Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:56 am

:lol: ...... That dose of radiation has given me super powers...... I can climb tall buildings and see in the dark, well, once the swelling goes away :lol: :lol:

The big thing with these hip replacements is the new procedure - anterior vs posterior, in from the front means you only have a 3" scar and very fast recovery vs the old in from the rear :shock: with the huge 'C' shaped cut from hip to groin and months of movement restrictions during recovery.......

Here's a non 'R' rated selfie for fun....... that's it, one small scar, except for the post op swelling if I overdo the exercises and sitting/standing thing......
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Post by mcracr » Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:49 pm

So here I am looking to do the same thing - the 1000 SX is a pretty good deal at $12.5k USD, plus $900 for the factory bag set.

I did a 3 day ride this summer from Philadelphia, PA area to SE OH - it was a great trip, with some beautiful scenery, weather from 50F to 99F, pissing rain, fog so thick you couldn't see 20 feet up the road, and amazing sunshine. With some of the best roads I've ridden in a long time - and most of them were newly paved!!! Had some great 120MPH sweepers with awesome 2nd/3rd gear twisties. Loved the way the SD GT trail braked to the apex and then pulled your arms off when you twisted the throttle. Didn't like it when I had the bags loaded, but a day of corner carving unloaded was a great respite from a shitty 2020.

BUT... my hands and forearm nerves were whacked out when I got home! Long stretches on some highways and 3 full days on the bike wrecked me. I actually went to see a hand doctor to get tested, including the electric pulses and then the pins up to my neck. I could barely hold my toothbrush and finishing up on the throne were a challenge. I have the brake lever guards on the bike, so not sure if removing the original bar ends contributed to extra vibes thru the bars. I installed the risers after reading about them on this forum, but I really don't like the higher setup and now I'm really in the worst of the buffeting from the windscreen, even with trying the Puig and National screens. I'm an ex-racer, so I don't mind the crouch.

So I'm looking hard at the 1000SX - going back to an I4 would probably solve the vibration issue, as it's noted in the 2020 reviews that engine buzz is virtually non-existent. I still want sporty, and I don't need to go off road or have a huge luggage option (couple changes of underwear/ socks/ t-shirts and an Aerostich full suit will be fine). I've loved riding the SD GT, it's my first street Vtwin, and it's plenty sporty and easy to ride after the SW upgrade.

I'm looking for any further updates on experiences from switching bikes, as I'm about to go down to the dealer and see what I can get for a trade-in deal. I hope they don't have the H2 SX there, or I'll be out a lot more money...

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Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:37 pm
Thanks Dave. I will pop in to this forum from time to time - you and I have a good history.

Best of luck on the hip replacement. My riding buddy went through it a few years ago. About three months after his surgery we took a 4,000 mile trip and he was fine.

I love the new bike. I just did the 600 mile service myself today. I had a 2011 and it's amazing how much they have improved this bike, and I loved the first one. This one feels much lighter than the old one even though its 14 lbs more. The tweaks to the front suspension geometry made a major difference. That along with a new seat, fantastic TFT instruments, improved fairing, better gas mileage.....

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Post by vet57air » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:33 pm

I had one of the first 2016 SD GT's in North America. Loved it. Traded it in on the new 2019 in the fall of 2019.
Still love it. The first thing I noticed on the new bike was the reduction in vibration.

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Post by mcracr » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:55 pm

I'm gonna go look at the Kawis, then I'll go back to my KTM dealer and talk about the updated SD GT. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the split headlight and new LCD dash. But I can get used to that I guess.

Depends on what kind of deal is out there, as I've modded my 2017 GT with heated performance seats, quick shifter, MSR, Akra muffler, rear sprocket, crash bungs, and other minor bits. Bags and heated grips are extra for the SX, though they have a nicely integrated up/down quick shifter stock.

Every write up puts the GT at the top of the sport touring list. I love my GT, but I really want to ride some big runs next summer and can't have the nerves issues. Getting old sux...

quote=vet57air post_id=73265 time=1611415998 user_id=5953]
I had one of the first 2016 SD GT's in North America. Loved it. Traded it in on the new 2019 in the fall of 2019.
Still love it. The first thing I noticed on the new bike was the reduction in vibration.
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Post by vet57air » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:46 pm

mcracr wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:55 pm
I'm gonna go look at the Kawis, then I'll go back to my KTM dealer and talk about the updated SD GT. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the split headlight and new LCD dash. But I can get used to that I guess.

Depends on what kind of deal is out there, as I've modded my 2017 GT with heated performance seats, quick shifter, MSR, Akra muffler, rear sprocket, crash bungs, and other minor bits. Bags and heated grips are extra for the SX, though they have a nicely integrated up/down quick shifter stock.

Every write up puts the GT at the top of the sport touring list. I love my GT, but I really want to ride some big runs next summer and can't have the nerves issues. Getting old sux...

quote=vet57air post_id=73265 time=1611415998 user_id=5953]
I had one of the first 2016 SD GT's in North America. Loved it. Traded it in on the new 2019 in the fall of 2019.
Still love it. The first thing I noticed on the new bike was the reduction in vibration.
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I hear you. The LCD dash is my favorite part of the bike. Configurable with Navigation and the "KTM my ride".
I got used to the headlight. I might have this bike awhile as looking forward to the next generation of GT which I believe will be out as a 22 model, so far I am not a fan. Not liking the trellis frame similar to the latest "R". But we all have our own preferences. I have looked at the SX myself :D

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Post by phatdoughnut » Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:12 pm

mcracr wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:55 pm
I'm gonna go look at the Kawis, then I'll go back to my KTM dealer and talk about the updated SD GT. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the split headlight and new LCD dash. But I can get used to that I guess.

Depends on what kind of deal is out there, as I've modded my 2017 GT with heated performance seats, quick shifter, MSR, Akra muffler, rear sprocket, crash bungs, and other minor bits. Bags and heated grips are extra for the SX, though they have a nicely integrated up/down quick shifter stock.

Every write up puts the GT at the top of the sport touring list. I love my GT, but I really want to ride some big runs next summer and can't have the nerves issues. Getting old sux...

quote=vet57air post_id=73265 time=1611415998 user_id=5953]
I had one of the first 2016 SD GT's in North America. Loved it. Traded it in on the new 2019 in the fall of 2019.
Still love it. The first thing I noticed on the new bike was the reduction in vibration.
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I have a 19' that I bought at the end of 19 for 16,999 with ktms finance deal. Never did see them any lower. I guess I could of got a better deal with cash but I didn't have it at the time.

It gp shift is awesome, I love the TFT screen. Heated grips are awesome. The added heated seat is amazing. I didn't think I would need it but it makes a heck of a difference. Mine came with the bags and hand guards. The only time I notice the vibrations is when you are low in rpms in a high gear. Its been a good bike other then the stupid fuel pump/filter issue. I just put a new one in this weekend and just waiting to put it all back together after I get the rotty intake in.

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Post by mcracr » Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:08 am

Dragging up the old thread - I just dropped my '17 GT at Solid Performance for annual spring service - redo all fluids, new brake pads, new chain/ sprockets, and looking at new rubber (suggestions?).

Fell in love again with the big Vtwin beast on a couple quick warm spring day rides in SE PA - would like to stay with the GT. Still unhappy with the risers and major wind buffeting, so might just go back to a stock screen and suck it up.

But who's completely blown away by the new Adventures S???? That thing looks badass, with a more upright position but plenty of fun in the corners. I mean, who runs an adventure bike around the big Monza banking? And wheelies everywhere? I'm in love....

So maybe I'll run the GT this year and trade in for the S next winter, bail on the Ninja. Unless I get a test ride and a good trade deal on the GT. Anyone got any Ninja SX updates?

Regardless - I'm ready to ride!

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Post by DaveNZ » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:02 am

Conti Road Attck 3's, if you do a bit of touring, if sports riding, the S22's are awesome. I ran the CRA3's on my 1290GT and Multistrada. Great tires.
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