How do you use your ST4s? If you tour with it, the Paul Smart isn't going to be a replacement. I'd love a Paul Smart too but there's no way I would sell my ST4s to get one. I like Sport Touring too much!mrmuddy said:Am I insane ?
I'm thinking of selling my ST4s to move to the PaulSmart 1000LE
It's just soooooooooo beautifull .. I'm in lust !!
However. me thinks that indeed , it is just lust, and, that after the newness wears off, I'll be pining for my ST4s
Because most of the rest of us are human and need slightly better ergonomics to tour long distances!st2lemans said:Why not?
Actually, I prefer my SS1000DS for touring over my ST2. My ST2 wins as the grocery-getter, though.
The Paul Smart is ergonomically identical to my SS. And my ST is close, as it has clipons and rearsets.Chuckracer said:The Paul Smart is ergonomically way harsher than the SS, which is harsher than the ST.
You'd better be real honest with yourself about what you expect the bike to do. You may be bitterly dissapointed.
i think u is rightDesmoEd said:IMO, The PS is a niche bike, made to be ridden on weekends and to events when the weather is nice and the sun is shining. I do not believe it is made or designed to be ridden 8,000-10,000 miles a year. It could be, but why would you destroy the value of such a limited production machine by doing so.
I would really like to have one, it would see maybe 1000 miles a year. I would take it over any of the modern liquid cooled 99....ect bikes, but thats just me. But in no way would I ever tour or compile lots of miles on it. It would not see rain- ever. Thats why God made Suzuki's and Honda's.
I test rode a 999 and then the Sport1000 and found the Sport1000 to be noticably more comfortable... not VFR like but definitely more acceptable for everyday cafe racing... plus its easy to get risers on the Sport1000 b/c of no fairing to get in the way...sfarson said:I think you are right RJ... they may not have much diff than a SS, but they are LOW. I had an '02 900SS for two years and the ergos were very committed. Needlessly so imo. Bologna made this Paul Smart replica, for sure a replica in the ergos measure. Reading reports of owners pre-ordering these bikes and finding the comfort to be an unexpected challenge.
It is slightly more upright versus the Paul Smart, noted here in this press clipping:RocketJohn said:I test rode a 999 and then the Sport1000 and found the Sport1000 to be noticably more comfortable... not VFR like but definitely more acceptable for everyday cafe racing... plus its easy to get risers on the Sport1000 b/c of no fairing to get in the way...
Oh no it's not. The Smart, like my Sport 1000, has a much longer reach to much lower bars with a higher (read more weight on wrists) rear end. The ergos do not resemble the SS' much, if at all.st2lemans said:The Paul Smart is ergonomically identical to my SS. And my ST is close, as it has clipons and rearsets.