Congrats Kamran...you are going to love it!!
The first thing you'll notice is how well it has been finished and how good the colour scheme is. No doubt you'll want to get on it the whole time the Sales dude is giving you the pre-ride talk.
The other thing I noticed is that with the engine switched off the suspension does not move at all. Because it's electronic, it all shuts down.
We removed the noise silencer from the pipe so when it started...OMG, it sounded soooo good. When I sat on it, I thought it felt smaller than my
S1RR. It's not smaller, but just felt so.
We rode about 60kms along some straight and twisty roads so I got a pretty good feeling for the bike.
This is a MAGNIFICENT machine!!! Be in no doubt about this. I've owned many of the bikes the S1RR have been compared to and can tell you that this is the best bike I have ever ridden...by at least 25%. I'm willing to bet that every person who rides one of these say the same thing. It's eye wide open good.
The thing that I really noticed when I got my S1RR was how powerful it felt from day one. It just felt like it had lot's of horses driving it. The HP4 feels very different. Don't get me wrong, this thing is fast but it feels like it 'spins' up with far less effort or torque. Just giving it a quick rev before leaving was intereseting because the engine felt less stressed...sorry, I can't describe it any other way. Anyhow, from a power perspecting the bike still had its restrictor so I couldn't go over 8K. DID NOT MATTER because we reached a straight stretch of road and I openened it up to full throttle in 3rd. it span up so quickly that I hit the rev limiter almost immediately with the bloody shift light flickering...damn it!!
Running through the gears was both very pleasant and interesting. Pleasan because the exhaust with the silencer 'pops' when you change gears...I love this sound! :-) Interesting because the bike didn't feel as fast as my S1RR because it didn't feel as 'torquey'. Having said this, in 5th gear I started to feel my head being bufetted around really bady so lowered my head closer to the tank and then saw out of the corner of my eye that we had just passed over 200km/h and it wasn't slowing. HOLY CRAP...keep in mind this is without going over 8k rpm's. This is quick but the motor is a very different power plant to the standard S1RR...it just feels like it climbs with less effort.
Now...probably the most contentous part of this bike is the suspension. All I can say is WOW! I have Ohlins Front, Rear, and Damper as well as a 28mm Triple on my S1RR. I have also had my suspenders tuned by a very credentialed suspension mechanic and I am happy to say the Ohlins is not even close on the open road. I accept that a well tuned Ohlins set up may be better on a track, however as I was told, "To get the best out of static suspension it has to be retuned by a specialist for each track and then for the weather conditions. The DDC does this independantly every time you ride."
I found myself looking for bumps in the road to run over because, while I could feel each bump, I also felt it absorb the impact and smooth it out. I have never felt anything like this...ever. Under heavy breaking normally even a well tuned front end has a little bit of initial dive...NOT the HP4. Also on hard acceleration out of corners, the bike never once 'sat' back, rather stayed in the balanced position. Every corner I entered quickly the bike felt stable and ballanced. In every case as I passed the entry point, I realised I could have entered a lot faster and still be in excellent shape...not to worry, I handed the bike back unbroken, which was the plan. Folks this IS the real thing!
The Brembos are scary good. I almost 'one finger' endowed and hit the ABS when we first started riding. As we rode, I felt that all I had to do is lightly touch the front lever and the bike stopped plenty fast. I suspect all that is needed on a track, even for racing will be to replace the pads with race ones. FYI, braking also seemed effortless...perhaps this is due to the lighter weight of the bike but it stopped really easy. When I get mine the first thing I'm going to do is stick Race Tech anti slip stuff on the tank. Seriously, it stops that hard.
After the ride I giggled like a little girl. Anyone who has bought one of these is going to be absolutely blown away by how good it is.