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Wife is wanting a Streetfighter, prefers the 1100

We have two of the Multi STs, but she wants something for light ride days (<250 miles), in town and general lightweight 'fun'.

I am sure I could spend the next few weeks seeking out the answers to questions I suspect the folks in this forum readily know, so, hoping ya'll can point us in the right direction.

We're going to buy used, but probably only 1 or 2 years old with low mileage, and of course since the 1100 isn't available in '013 we don't really have much choice anyway!


Questions:

* Is there a model year to avoid?
* Are there exhaust systems/performance mods to avoid?
* Are there other mods that are best avoided?
* Any known recalls/service bulletins to make sure have already been done, or make sure they are done?
* Any known 'glitches' with the streetfighter? (With GSAs it's Final Drives, with the MTSs it's throttle response below 3500 rpms as an example)

I haven't seen a lot available on either Craig's List or Ebay or cycle trader... is there a recommended secret spot for folks selling these?

Finally, pretending we find the perfect barely ridden by someone who kept it garaged and finally figured out they didn't want it, bike. What are generally the 'usual' mods? So far we are thinking:

* Exhaust (fans of Akra, but open to others if there are better)
* Frame/axle sliders
* Ohlins, or Ohlins internals (if not already on)
* Open clutch cover, cause, that's a MUST
* ?

Really appreciate any feedback.
 

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I currently own a SF 1098 and have owned a M696, M1100, & KTM supermoto. The SF is definitely the most powerful of the bunch and is my favorite bike ever (KTM is a close 2nd).

Like: power, puckering factor, and ease of flicking the bike around

Dislike & (fixes): the seat angle (getting a Sargent seat), high gearing (changed to 14t front sprocket), flat spot around 3500 rpm (running Double Dog's exhaust with Termi ECU), not a fun bike for the city of San Francisco riding (changed slave cylinder to NCR, which is my fav mod).

Oh, my Ohlins fork leaked and it cost me $370 to replace the seal and change the fork oil. Ohlins will have a greater tendency to leak. The price to pay for less stiction.

If she hasn't already done it, take it out for a test ride. That's the best way to determine if this is the right bike. Good luck!
 

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Wife is wanting a Streetfighter, prefers the 1100

We have two of the Multi STs, but she wants something for light ride days (<250 miles), in town and general lightweight 'fun'.

I am sure I could spend the next few weeks seeking out the answers to questions I suspect the folks in this forum readily know, so, hoping ya'll can point us in the right direction.

We're going to buy used, but probably only 1 or 2 years old with low mileage, and of course since the 1100 isn't available in '013 we don't really have much choice anyway!


Questions:

* Is there a model year to avoid?
* Are there exhaust systems/performance mods to avoid?
* Are there other mods that are best avoided?
* Any known recalls/service bulletins to make sure have already been done, or make sure they are done?
* Any known 'glitches' with the streetfighter? (With GSAs it's Final Drives, with the MTSs it's throttle response below 3500 rpms as an example)

I haven't seen a lot available on either Craig's List or Ebay or cycle trader... is there a recommended secret spot for folks selling these?

Finally, pretending we find the perfect barely ridden by someone who kept it garaged and finally figured out they didn't want it, bike. What are generally the 'usual' mods? So far we are thinking:

* Exhaust (fans of Akra, but open to others if there are better)
* Frame/axle sliders
* Ohlins, or Ohlins internals (if not already on)
* Open clutch cover, cause, that's a MUST
* ?

Really appreciate any feedback.
Not sure if there is a year to avoid as such. I have had a 2010 SF and a 2011 SFS model with no problems so far, other than the ignition switch sometimes taking a couple of trys to fire. I think this maybe down to dousing the bike in water when washing but god knows.

All twins are crap low down and the SF's are no exception. They dont like it around town and at low speeds will stutter and need a lot of clutch control, like most performance bikes. You would need a remap to make this better, but if you are looking to upgrade the exhaust then I would wait and see how much difference this has made first.

In the UK this isnt a huge problem, but I know from this forum over the pond tank swelling is an issue, so this is something to look for on any purchase and once you have committed. Either tank coating or something to counter act the chemicals (ethanol I think from memory) in the petrol.

Finding a decent one for sale. Good luck, even over here they are like hens teeth, especially low mileage. Just a case of keeping your eyes open and being patient. I am sure that some owners will be looking to down size to the more manageable SF848 or onto the Panigale when more become available.

As far as modding goes the worlds your oyster really. But for me my top essentials and best upgrades have been as follows.

1) Rizoma MA005B handlebars and bar ends
2) DP slipper clutch
3) DP clutch slave

Obviously there are various company's that do the above its all down to personal taste and budget. But the above made the ride much more comfortable and easier IMO.

Exhausts, christ loads of options you should search as there are to many to mention and review. Check the FAQ section.

As for Ohlins. I obviously have them on my SFS, and they are amazing. But the standard Showas are more than enough. I would recommend taking the bike to a suspension specialist after you have ridden for a month or so and get it set up to your riding style, before you go down the expensive suspension route.

Overall these bikes are amazing, and have to be the best I have ever had. Fun doesn't even describe how good they are to ride. But be warned, they buck like a mule and will punish you if not given the uttermost respect. I don't know your or your wifes experience, nor am I questioning it, but I have been riding for 16yrs and to roughly quote someone else's experience 'from the moment I got on, she was trying to throw me off and kill me. But i've never had so much fun letting it try'. That for me describes them perfectly. Good luck in your hunt!
 

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If you want something light and fun try an M796. My wife traded an ST3 and a Gixxer 750 for one and absolutely loves it. Her wrists were giving out from years of chefing. Just put a 14t sprocket on.
 

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I test rode the 1100. It was good but it topped out to fast before needing to shift. The sf1098 keeps going and for me being a canyon rider it was a perfect fit since I could leave it in a lower gear without needing to shift. But the big streetfighter is an animal and doesn't like to be ridden tamely. I haven't rode the 848 yet but from what I hear it has better manners for around town.


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Wife is wanting a Streetfighter, prefers the 1100...but she wants something for light ride days (<250 miles), in town and general lightweight 'fun'.
Are we talking about the same bike? Do you mean a MONSTER 1100?

Its hard for me not to sound a little skeptical. You are so new you even have the model names/numbers mixed up. Have you read even one review on the 1098 SF?

"IN TOWN AND GENERAL LIGHTWEIGHT FUN" would be the last two descriptors anyone, intermediate and experienced riders alike, would ever use to describe the 1098.

I'd get more information, better yet let her test ride a 1098 in town for an hour or two. No offense, but I bet she couldn't ride it for even an hour in city traffic without dropping/crashing it. The 848SF is far more in line with what you say she wants.

Good luck.
 

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Riding a 1098SF in town is about as much fun as putting your head in a vice and having a gorilla turn the crank. Even with better corrected fuel mapping the cam overlap is not meant for town/city riding. A 1098SF is not the bike for her no matter how good of a rider she is if she intends to ride it in town.


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I love my 1098 streetfighter. Looks the part and has the power to back it up. It is fun to ride. However, it doesn't like to poodle around town at low RPMs. You really got to work the clutch. Currently have Akro slip ons w/o baffles and it sounds amazing. Never riden one without Ohlins so can't tell you if it is worth it. They do look cool, however. As one member aready said, the bike bucks like a bronco, so you got to respect it. A better bike for around town would be a monster or perhaps a speed or street triple, much more forgiving ergos, clutch and low RPM fueling. That said, they can't hold a candle to the 1098 power and looks, IMHO.
 

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...and of course since the 1100 isn't available in '013 we don't really have much choice anyway!
Where did you take that? Did i missed something?


And agree with the above, light and city fun you're not considering the right bike.
 

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If your wife is going to use for city riding, I would not suggest the 1098 SF, she will have bigger left arm due to extensive clutch control. I have a 2012 SFS1098 and I ride in the city everyday, Its difficult to control the beast but you sure turn heads in the city.
 

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Thanks for all of the input everyone.

I probably should have quantified the perception. Comparing the Multistrada ST to the street fighter - at least visually - it seems the streetfighter would be more nimble and easier to maneuver around town.

But... to your point, next step will be to test ride one. Her big interest is that the streetfighter is lower so it's easier for her to start/stop at lights, control in tighter spaces, off camber stuff etc than on the the strada. Power isn't a problem for her, she's extremely skilled. But the clutch issue is definitely worth noting.

To those who took issue with my identifying the 1100, apologies. I should have been more specific in identifying the 1098 (Ohlins equipped). We have a number of bikes and always purchase bikes that both of us can/would ride. The 848 I have no doubt is an awesome machine, but I prefer larger displacement, so it will definitely be the 1098.
 

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How tall is she? I'm 5'7" an I'm on on my toes, and if im wearing my track boots Im on the tip of my toes. Im hopping the sargent seat drops me down a bit. I can hardly wait.:D
 

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Finally, pretending we find the perfect barely ridden by someone who kept it garaged and finally figured out they didn't want it, bike. What are generally the 'usual' mods? So far we are thinking:
I was lucky enough to find that exact description someone traded it in for the Panigale. As for riding it in town, the only good thing about it is people giving you thumbs up and starring at it in awe. Driving at low speeds especially around 25 isn't much fun its jumpy in that range of rpms, personally I'd like to get a monster for bumming around town.
 

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I probably should have quantified the perception. Comparing the Multistrada ST to the street fighter - at least visually - it seems the streetfighter would be more nimble and easier to maneuver around town.

But... to your point, next step will be to test ride one. Her big interest is that the streetfighter is lower so it's easier for her to start/stop at lights, control in tighter spaces, off camber stuff etc than on the the strada. Power isn't a problem for her, she's extremely skilled. But the clutch issue is definitely worth noting.
Easier around town 1098 SF than the MTS 1200?? I don't think so. Seat height maybe. Not manners by far.

She needs to go and ride some bikes to see what suits her. More cc's or power is not always the answer. I think she should look at a Monster or a F848 and try them on for size. But for off camber stuff the Superbike will probably be the best choice.

Of course we are picking nits here. Looking at your signature it appears that you have not gotten there yet. It's not easy. Enjoy the search.
 
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