Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
I have an older '09 1100 that I use for my daily commute through LA. Jerkiness is not an issue for me, but the heat with an air cooled bike is not unnoticeable, especially while splitting in 1st or 2nd gear. The bike has never overheated, but it does roast my left leg pretty badly. That being said, it's mostly comfortable, and the mileage is good. I get 40MPG at worst (canyons and heavy traffic), and even saw 60MPG when I took the bike down to San Diego on Friday. I think I've averaged around 45-50MPG over the 2000 miles I've had this bike. These are about the same to slightly better numbers than I get on my Ninja 650. I keep the bike in 6th above 70MPH though, which some people aren't a fan of due to the gearing.
Regarding speed, I've never been left wanting but I suppose that is rider dependent. The torque curve on the 1100 is pretty entertaining, and in raw terms the bike will do 110-115 in 4th. I've never had it above 125, but it was still pulling hard in 5th at that speed. I think the 690 Duke has similar power to my Ninja (though the Duke is a single and substantially lighter), and while the Ninja also left me disappointed at times, I've never felt that way about the 1100. The bike is also a joy up in the mountains. I'll be getting rid of the Ninja soon, and have thought about upgrading at the same time but really have no desire to trade my 1100 for a water cooled Monster.