So. Last couple days I have been paying attention to some things on this bike. Compared to my 16. Outwardly the only real difference between the two is the Chrome and Black. I'm setting this one up about the same.
Before I start. If it was. Ot for a misread medical report I would still he ecstatic with my 16 and had zero need or want for a new bike. I had more mods planned. It was to be the 100k mile bike.
I see people want to compare a built 103 to a 114. That's not apples to apples. That's hot apple pie to applesauce. Stock to Stock is a better comparison.
My 103 stage 1 with the bulletproof cam chest was a great motor. Loved how it ran and it did everything I needed it to do. Maine to Alabama to Wyoming in the 2.5 years I had it. (6 month riding season if we're lucky)
The 114" well... Ya, It's got gobs of power over the 103. Less downshifting is the one thing I noticed. Just twist and the power rolls right on. No lag like the 103. Not dogging the 103 at all. The 114" at times seems hotter. my 103 had no Cat. But when it did it was hotter all the time than the 114.
I had progressive monotubes up front. And man what an improvement. My 19. Believe it or not is pretty close to how the monotubes felt. No quite. But impressively close. I want to drop the front an inch. With how this is valued I may just do progressive spring's and heavy fork oil.
The stock rear shocks are about the same. No noticable noticeable improvement there. Bike is getting some Ohlins. So I'm excited to see what all the hub bub is about.
Where the stock 16 had its cornering issues like a little wander. Theres zero on the 19. I know everyone hates the stock set up. I've never minded it. The dive is what I hated. But the 19 is far better than the stock 16. And no worse than with my monotubes.
Braking. About the same. My 16 had Linked ABS.
Boom GTS. Now here's a big improvement over the 16. This stereo is not only louder but a lot better sound quality. The bike comes with the stage 1 2 way speakers. It starts fast. Loads fast. Maps are fast. Inputting a destination is fast. You can pinch and zoom like.your cell phone. The HUD is cool. No more watching the screen scroll "reading usb" fucking hated that. I have yet to have a flash of sun glare hit me. My mirrors have but not the screen. And I've had the sun over my shoulder.
At the end if the day. I miss my 16. It had everything I wanted the way I wanted it. The mix of black and chrome. I considered a used 16 I lived that bike so much. But the smart money went to the new bike. And it's a beauty. But it's like everyone else's. But the older i get. The less i care about that. It will have my touch to it. And that's all i need. Its mine.
I'll open up the floor for questions at this time.