999 power delivery
This past weekend I test rode a stock 2003 999S.
I rode a friends 998 Matrix the 150+ km to the dealership through some
serious twisties and 36 degree celcius heat; so I was wringing wet and
and a little weary on arrival.
My daily ride is a Monster 620, so the kick ass power delivery of the 998 and full Termis had me smiling the whole way.
I couldn't believe the difference between the 999s and 998 in handling.
The triple 9 was on rails and was easy and fast on the line changes.
I threw in a few emergency avoidance flicks, couldn't discern any difference
between it and the Monsta (which is real easy to throw around).
I have two questions that I hope to get some feedback on:
1. Is the 998 really that cumbersome (in comparison) or is it likely that it hasn't been optimally setup.
2. The power delivery of the 999s was so linear I was almost bored; I mean, the 998's delivery seemed more lively/raw and perhaps the experience was helped along with those lovely termis growling away.
The dealer later told the 998 owner that the 999 do in fact have a more linear delivery (in relation to 998s) so as to make the bike more rideable/controllable for joe citizen (seems a bit odd to me).
Sorry, long lead up :-)
Will adding a termi + chip and changing the rear sprocket change that delivery?
How do you 999 riders respond to my impressions and what about the 749?