Sunday, April 13, 2008

Road Insanity

Oops... I did it. There is no sane reason for it. It makes no sense what so ever. It will be utterly unusable. It is an unnecessary luxury. But boy oh boy, what a magnificent machine. Yesterday I bought this 2007 GSXR1000.



It's the pinnacle of motor sport, in the very exclusive category of 1:1 power weight ratio. It weighs 170kg, and it produces 170hp. To protect inexperienced riders, Suzuki put 3 control modes on the bike. So you can ride it with 50hp less when it rains. I am pretty confident that I can handle it though, thanks to my years of experience, and the two advanced rider courses I did with KNMV on the racetrack in Lelystad.

The bike I bought was a demo model, used by the dealer. It has 3000km on it, but the warranty will start the day I bought it. I intend to pick up the bike next weekend, when I will have received my leathers and helmet from the Netherlands. I have to look into insurance now. Fortunately, I had my "royementverklaring" from the Dutch insurer put in English, stating my 80% discount. I hope they will honour it here. At least the low tax of 12% made it a sweet deal. Buying a bike in the Netherlands will result in 19% sales tax plus 19.4% BPM tax.

All in all, Bram is now officially the fastest thing on the roads, here in British Columbia. Let's hope I have all the self-restrain that is required of me now.

7 comments:

jacco said...

How does it compare with your other bike? And is your Dutch driver's licence valid or do you have to pass another test?

Anonymous said...

Intussen ontwikkel je een bijzonder wagen/motor-park, in Ned. en in Canada.
Gefeliciteerd met je mooie machine. Take care!
Heb je al een stal gevonden?
Els

Bram said...

The Aprilia RSV1000R is less powerful than this one. However, the Aprilia has 2 cylinders instead of 4, thus has more character, and more power at low revs. Also it is louder than the Suzuki. Well, I think I need to re do the road test again, although I really don't want that. The law is pretty vague, you can drive with a Dutch license for several months, and then need to get a BC license. I may just play dumb when the mountie pulls me over.

Brasto said...

It has familiar looks and it must be your fifth Japanese bike? Hope this one will stop your needs for speed for a while........

If it fits the elevator of your apartment you'll have at least a dry, heated and safe parking place.
Just tell the landlord it is your new hometrainer/exerciser...

BTW, how on earth could a Mountie with only 1 Hp pull you over while using all the 170 horses of your machine?

Is it also true for Canada that when they are in hot pursuit after your Suzuki all you have to do is to race them to the border out of BC?.

Well, keep in mind there is no safer place than the racetrack

Amy said...

Say hello to Bram's new girlfriend! Hehehe. I look forward to riding with you on your new bike!

jacco said...

Ook populair, met dank aan ene meneer Holleeder, de motorscooter :-)

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