The guy I ride with every week has one (among his three bikes). I have ridden it a couple of times, quite a few miles. I also know the owner of the dealer pretty well.
First of all, it is a very nice, refined bike. Everything about the way it drives feels very "polished". Power is everywhere, but in a controlled manner. When I test rode the dealer demo I power wheeled it at about 80mph without trying at all.
My friend hated the stock seat so he had Sargent make a custom seat for it. He also added about one inch risers. He is pretty comfortable on it now and frequently has done 300 mile days on it. Having said that, he told me the other day he will not likely keep it too long. His other two bikes are an FJR for long distance trips and a Superduke R which he prefers for day rides.
The bike did not jump off the showroom floors, so our dealer offered $3,000 discounts fairly quickly. Since then he has sold quite a few of them. But it's certainly not for everyone. But what bike is?
I'd love to have one, but at this point there is not a spot in my lineup for it. If my friend sells his I MIGHT consider buying it.
BTW, as far as reliability, Kawasaki engines are pretty bulletproof, and this is a slightly detuned version of an engine they have been selling for 2-3 years. And don't forget they have been selling supercharged jet skis for a few years.
I just noticed the post above regarding gas mileage. My friend says it's pretty easy to average mid 40s on his. Keep in mind that we have pretty boring roads to get to the good ones.
2017 Yamaha FJR1300...Prev 2013 & 2015 1600GT,
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale ABS....2017 KTM 1290 Superduke GT
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