July 11, 2009 at 5:16 am #3126SafetyFirstParticipant
Yeah, I know, I’m still a newb. Why am I looking at a Gixxer?
Well, I went to the bike dealer with a buddy of mine who I’ve been encouraging to start riding. He took a look at the Ninja 650, which he has his mind set on. I keep bugging him just to get a used Ninja 250, but he has his eye on a brand new 650.
I kept going back to the GSX 600 in the showroom. Nice integrated turn signals in the mirrors for a clean look, awesome look, and more than enough power for me.
I wasn’t swarmed by sales people, and didn’t feel like interrupting their chit-chat, so I’m guessing the “PASS” switch is for turning on the left turn signal for a certain length of time? And what the heck is the MODE dial for?
I’m not letting the 250 go anytime soon, but I wouldn’t mind trying a spin around the block on a Gixxer.July 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm #20496wbsprudelsParticipant
I saw an episode of Twist the Throttle this week that dealt completely with the history of Suzuki motorcycles with much of the focus centered on the GSX 600. It spoke of being able to adjust the bike for three types of riding: normal, rain, and ?? (I don’t remember the third). I’m pretty sure the mode dial is how you make this adjustment.July 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm #20498briderdtParticipant
The Pass switch turns on the high beams without turning off the low beams (which the beam selector switch DOES), so that you warn the car in front of you that you’re going to make a pass.
The Mode selector changes the power delivery somewhat to make the ride “safer” in certain conditions.July 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm #20537eternal05Participant
As briderdt said, the pass button adds in high beams while pressed.
S-DMS (drive mode selector) is a system that allows three different throttle response mappings. What that means is that it changes the way that your cranking the throttle affects the amount of fuel/air mixture input to the engine. It breaks down like this:
A – Full-on power
B – Slightly lower power until full-throttle, at which point it’s the same as A. This is supposedly for race launches and rainy situations where too much power is a typical problem.
C – Significantly reduced power (about 35% reduction) at all throttle levels. This lowers HORSEPOWER to that just over an SV650.
What you have to remember is that this changes one thing, and one thing only: horsepower available at a particular point. It doesn’t change the way the engine responds. It doesn’t get rid of crazy acceleration once you hit the power band. And no mode stops you from getting to 60mph faster than a Porsche. A GSX-R in C mode is NOT an SV650, not based on engine response, controls, riding posture, or handling.
One other thing: make sure to include -R, as Suzuki has made other GSX models (including the current GSX650F).July 16, 2009 at 7:49 am #20677gsmurfetteParticipant
integrated turn signal mirrors are available on e-bay for any bike for about 50 bucks (including shipping). We just bought some for the YZF. Waiting for more $ to get a set for the ninja. They make lil covers to go where the stock turn signals mount as well. Don’t let all the spiffy-ness sway you, you can make any bike spiffy!
lil ninja has a double bubble windscreen now, in the near future we’re going to do the mirror integrated turn signal upgrade, fender eliminator, and seat cowl. Oh and some rim tape, then she’ll be done. YZF is almost done.
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