Congrats. Waiting for your full review compared to the bluefire and your old 1199.
Did it see the track?
Build quality compared to an S1000RR? - SAME. Absolutely identical!
Power difference? - about the same. S1000RR is very strong!
Sound? - obviously much better on the HP4. It sounds amazing.
Suspension? - You can DEFINITELY feel it working. Or it's the decrease in
unsprung weight due to the lighter wheels.
Color? - It's very nice. I like the bluefire color better. But it's a beautiful color. Everyone seems to really like it. I had like 10 people at the track helping me load it and tie it down. Non of them wanted to see it get hurt...
HAHAHA - the way it happened, me and my girlfriend loaded it up and tied it a million times by the very end it looked like a x-mas present on the trailer.
Then all these guys (most of them I know) were drinking beer and started walking towards me and my girlfriend and said "we need to do an intervention"...
I was like - ok... whats up????
They insisted they would tie my bike down and basically told me to back off!!! hahaha So protective of my bike - I love it!!!
I am a new rider so I let my buddy Frank ride it on the track for 5 laps to break in the tires for me. He has an S1000RR as well.
He said he loved the suspension. He said that it's as if someone professionally tuned the suspension for that track. He used the word - PERFECT.
He hauls the mail (meaning - he's fast) so I trust his opinion very much.
I suspect that the HP4 is mostly what I bought it for. It's a collector item, moment in history, and exclusivity. Those with S1000RR's who don't care about those things, get an exhaust, some ohlins, and you'll blow the HP4 out of the water... maybe