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Stick your first 1000cc ride experience in here.
Mine is luckily enough on video on the mighty Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade - what an induction!



I thought it was very easy to ride below 6500 revs and then it took off, a bit scarily.
The controls, steering, gears , clutch and throttle were all perfect.
A great bike for sure, and something a bit different from the competition.
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    Wednesday, March 11 2015, 10:47 AM - #Permalink
    My first 1000cc ride was last November (2014) and is still my current bike.

    I've had several Honda and Suzuki 600 race bikes and they were all great but I was getting a bit fed up of the high revs.
    They were also very easy to ride and inspired a lot of confidence which is actually not a good thing on the road because it means you push a bit more and take chances.

    So I bought the scariest, hardest bike to ride. KTM RC8 (2008) :D
    ok, its probably not the scariest, hardest to ride but it is for me compared to the previous ones.

    Lots of low end torque which is great unless you twitch the throttle at the wrong time.
    The throttle on the original 2008 version is notorious for being very snatchy. Its either on or off and very hard to keep a constant rpm.
    I changed the cam which has helped loads but its still more sensitive than the Hondas or Suzukis.

    Lots of adjustments means its very comfortable even on rides that I couldn't do with the other bikes I had.

    Still getting used to it but I love it because its so raw and fun to ride even at lower speeds.

    You can see some vids here: https://www.youtube.com/user/evandavies1
    I will do a bike review soon.
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    Wednesday, March 11 2015, 12:32 PM - #Permalink
    Great story, ed.

    That rc8, is that the one that is pretty much got naff all techniolgy so its pretty raw?
    Were they ever raced? something in the back of mind says there was a race seroes or something, maybe wrong.
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    Wednesday, March 11 2015, 12:39 PM - #Permalink
    EDcase wrote:

    My first 1000cc ride was last November (2014) and is still my current bike.

    I've had several Honda and Suzuki 600 race bikes and they were all great but I was getting a bit fed up of the high revs.
    They were also very easy to ride and inspired a lot of confidence which is actually not a good thing on the road because it means you push a bit more and take chances.

    So I bought the scariest, hardest bike to ride. KTM RC8 (2008) :D
    ok, its probably not the scariest, hardest to ride but it is for me compared to the previous ones.

    Lots of low end torque which is great unless you twitch the throttle at the wrong time.
    The throttle on the original 2008 version is notorious for being very snatchy. Its either on or off and very hard to keep a constant rpm.
    I changed the cam which has helped loads but its still more sensitive than the Hondas or Suzukis.

    Lots of adjustments means its very comfortable even on rides that I couldn't do with the other bikes I had.

    Still getting used to it but I love it because its so raw and fun to ride even at lower speeds.

    You can see some vids here: https://www.youtube.com/user/evandavies1
    I will do a bike review soon.


    Ah that answersd my questyion on the other thread.

    Isnt the RC8 a bit scary then? Sound a bit menacing on the streets. Must be a bitch around town!
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    Wednesday, March 11 2015, 03:13 PM - #Permalink
    EDcase wrote:

    I've had several Honda and Suzuki 600 race bikes and they were all great but I was getting a bit fed up of the high revs.


    You mean actual race bikes or 600RRs and Gixxer?.

    My normal CBR only really flies in the 8 - 11K range but it fairly linear so feels safe. I understand that the R6, gixxer6, 600RR and ZX6R are more tracked orientated with more vicious delivery so probably not for me. My favorite ride was the s1000rr as it felt ridiculously safe and easy to ride but had this spazmodic but ilnear superspeed where everything started to get blurred. Awesome. So, I think, for who I am now, I like the bikes that have mental power but are linear and safe.
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    Wednesday, March 11 2015, 03:18 PM - #Permalink
    EDcase wrote:



    So I bought the scariest, hardest bike to ride. KTM RC8 (2008) :D
    ok, its probably not the scariest, hardest to ride but it is for me compared to the previous ones.

    Lots of low end torque which is great unless you twitch the throttle at the wrong time.
    The throttle on the original 2008 version is notorious for being very snatchy. Its either on or off and very hard to keep a constant rpm.
    I changed the cam which has helped loads but its still more sensitive than the Hondas or Suzukis.

    Lots of adjustments means its very comfortable even on rides that I couldn't do with the other bikes I had.

    Still getting used to it but I love it because its so raw and fun to ride even at lower speeds.


    Ah, you are the chap from youtube or cbrforum I assume. :)

    As you may know then I was a gnats chuff away from getting a 13 plate RC8R, was 'only' 10K with small miles.
    Looks the bollocks. I really loved the colour scheme. I was there to look at an old s1000rr but the RC8 shouted 'BUY ME! BUY ME!'
    Alas, dealer wouldnt let me take it out in the damp :( and I never did get to ride it.

    From what I know now, and what you have said and I mentioned above, I would not have got on with it. I would have loved it in short spells but I dont have the gonads yet for a bike like that and need the fallback of technology to save my arse. I think I have learned that I need traction control and ABS as a minimum and wheelie control if its a 1000c+ bike.

    Still love to have a go on one. One of the coolest bikes I have ever seen TBH. Nice one.

    Do you get people asking you about it?
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    Thursday, March 12 2015, 12:52 PM - #Permalink
    leftturnclyde: Yep its the original raw bike. Does have ECU wire throttle but no rider aids.
    There was a race series to promote the RC8 but duno if that's still going. (I don't really follow racing except for the TT)

    FullRevs: Its not much fun in traffic and gets hot quite quick so not the best commuter bike ;)
    As for the scary... Its not that bad but feels a bit more raw that the japs because of the low end torque coupled with sharp throttle.

    Ade: Yes, its me from youtube.
    I meant GSXR SRAD and RR. I did get a bit fed up of the high revs but that does make them sound more like race bikes than the RC8.
    Hard to say if you would have liked the RC8-R. Its more refined and smooth than the non-R. I've read its regarded as a sleeper because its actually VERY good but didn't gain popularity for some reason. (I'd love one but too much £ for me) Have a go on one if you get the chance again...
    So far not many people have talked to me but it does get attention. Maybe I should stand next to it more ;)
    I must ride like a granny since I haven't come across any situations that I thought would have been better with ABS or TC ;)
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    Friday, March 13 2015, 10:48 AM - #Permalink
    EDcase wrote:
    So far not many people have talked to me but it does get attention. Maybe I should stand next to it more ;)


    You should have got it in white and orange! :p

    EDcase wrote:
    I must ride like a granny since I haven't come across any situations that I thought would have been better with ABS or TC ;)


    I have not noticed the ABS on my bike yet but the TC definitely came on during my S1000RR ride, thank god.
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    Friday, March 13 2015, 10:19 PM - #Permalink
    I had a yahabusa in the early 00s. First time I rode it i couldn;t believe the pulling power in any gear at any revs.
    It was pretty staggering at the time though a few bikes are faster these days such as the s1000rr, zx10, gsxr1000, rev4, etc.

    What it was good at was comfort even fully laden and never a need to change gear whilst cruising.
    Effortless on the motorways.
    I had it less tham 9 months but put 20k on it touring!

    I dont like sportsbikes now and looking back, it wasnt a great looking bike. long wheelbase, curves in all the wrong places.
    It grabs your attention and one has a need to ride it as its so famous. However, its like waking up in the morning and finding an ugly bird beside you. :)
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    Monday, March 16 2015, 06:36 PM - #Permalink
    Sorry, the Busa in one ugky muvverfucker. :o
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 06:19 PM - #Permalink
    Jump4Joy wrote:

    Sorry, the Busa in one ugky muvverfucker. :o


    :D :) :D


    I think its the rather old looking hump at the back and the lack of space between the rear tyre and the cowl and the general over abundance of plastic fairing.
    Apparently though it is really comfortable and excellent for touring!
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 07:08 PM - #Permalink
    Jump4Joy wrote:

    Sorry, the Busa in one ugky muvverfucker. :o


    Its not that nice.. :D
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    Saturday, March 21 2015, 12:05 AM - #Permalink
    Jump4Joy wrote:

    Sorry, the Busa in one ugky muvverfucker. :o


    LOL.

    +1
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    Saturday, March 21 2015, 12:06 AM - #Permalink
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7f/2007ModelwitLE.jpg/300px-2007ModelwitLE.jpg

    Yuk.
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    Saturday, March 21 2015, 01:54 AM - #Permalink
    I don't think the Busa is so bad looking.

    Its a mix of sport bike and cruiser.
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    Sunday, March 22 2015, 01:37 PM - #Permalink
    That suzuki is not nice.. looks like it belongs in the 70s.

    Anyway,
    First litre bike was a Yamaha fz1 from the mid noughties, some thing like this:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/YAMAHA_FZ1_2005TMS.jpg

    It was confy, pretty heavy and my first impressions were that it had power all over the place and later in the revs it was just too much for me, like i was not in control, just too fast, too dangerous.Think it would be a good bike for most people though who want a bit more power. good for traveling long distances. a nice place to sit.

    probably a good buy used as wel.
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    Monday, March 23 2015, 10:54 AM - #Permalink
    Tachydude wrote: ...in the revs it was just too much for me, like i was not in control, just too fast, too dangerous...


    I'd say most bikes are too much for most people at the top end.

    Even today's 600's get into the high revs power band and you're in scary acceleration wheelie land.
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    Wednesday, March 25 2015, 06:07 PM - #Permalink
    My bike wheelies when i sneeze!:)
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    Sunday, March 29 2015, 01:14 PM - #Permalink
    I have never been on a 600 even, the idea of a 1000 scares me really, not just mu life but also liosing my license i think my bike is okay and a 600 is probably fast enough.
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    Monday, March 30 2015, 02:41 PM - #Permalink
    Brumm wrote:

    I have never been on a 600 even, the idea of a 1000 scares me really, not just mu life but also liosing my license i think my bike is okay and a 600 is probably fast enough.


    You are right in general. Mind you, some 1 litre plus bikes are easier to ride than some 600cc bikes.
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    Saturday, April 25 2015, 06:49 PM - #Permalink
    My first and only litre bike to date is the one I took delivery of this week... Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (55 plate 06, with 4500 miles on the clock)

    I was on a 125 for a year, 600 for training and mod 1 & 2, test rode a MT-09 (850) and after all those I felt that a litre bike power was well within my abilities.

    I'm not a speed demon, but this is so quick and the torque is phenomenal, feels like I could tow an oil tanker!!!
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