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I have started a new type of post to replace the “5 Things That Caught My Eye” articles. I am going to “Up Shift” and quickly discuss motorcycle news articles that I thought was cool or good and “Down Shift” on those that are not. So bear with me as this evolves over the next few months. Feel free to comment or even suggest news articles for discussion.

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Upshift: Royal Enfield “Build Train Race” – Royal Enfield has challenged four women to Build Train and Race Flat Track motorcycles based on their new Interceptor 650.

The participants are: Melissa Paris, professional road racer, Lana McNaughton founder of the Women’s Moto BuildTrainRace_WHT-300x271Exhibit, Motorcycle enthusiast Jillian Deschenes and DIY shop owner Andrea Lothorp. Each has already received their Royal Enfield Interceptor motorcycles and are building their bikes now.

After some training they will race their Royal Enfield Flat Trackers during this year’s Milwaukee Mama Tried event. Check out the Royal Enfield Build Train Race website.

My take: I think this is great for a first year and hope it is not a one off!  In fact, while American Flat Track is a co-ed racing series, it might make sense for Royal Enfield to work with AFT on an amateur “spec” series for women. Run it on the same weekend with the Flat Track races. The pro series might just become even more co-ed in a few years.

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Downshift: Yamaha & Suzuki Leave MotoAmerica – Looks like the old racing statement of “Win on Sunday Sell on Monday” is no longer true. Sales at both Yamaha and Suzuki motorcycles are down and the companies are just not willing to spend the money on factory road racing in America.

motoamerica-logoBoth manufacturers are keeping their fingers in MotoAmerica supporting, for Yamaha, Estenson Racing and Team Hammer getting Suzuki support. But that does not lessen the sting of no direct factory teams in America’s premier motorcycle racing league.

My take: This news really hurts after the 2019 racing season. MotoAmerica was the best racing in the world with any of six teams capable of winning.  On top of that bad news, we know that a MotoAmerica fan favorite JD Beach has moved to American Flat Track (he ran both last year). We still have not heard what is going to happen with Josh Herrin or Tony Elias.

It is going to be interesting to see how things play out this MotoAmerica season maybe some fresh blood will rise to the top.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others. Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based in outside the USA use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2019 Chieftain, Vintage, Roadmaster, Dark Horse, Springfield, and FTR1200 motorcycles. A 10A circuit breaker may be defective, tripping unexpectedly and causing a sudden loss of power and an engine stall.

CONSEQUENCE: An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Indian will notify owners and provide a new 10A circuit breaker and installation instructions. Owners may choose to have the part installed at a dealership, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2020. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-19-05.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Manufacturer: Polaris Inc.

SUMMARY: Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain 2019 Slingshot, Slingshot SL, Slingshot SLR, and Slingshot GT motorcycles. A 10A circuit breaker may be defective, tripping unexpectedly and causing a sudden loss of power and an engine stall.

CONSEQUENCE: An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Polaris will notify owners and provide a new 10A circuit breaker and installation instructions. Owners may choose to have the part installed at a dealership, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2020. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris’ number for this recall is T-19-02.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Manufacturer: Piaggio Group Americas. Inc. (Moto Guzzi)

SUMMARY: Piaggio Group Americas. Inc. (Piaggio) is recalling certain 2020 Moto Guzzi V 85 TT motorcycles. The footrest mounting pin retaining clip may break, allowing the pin to disconnect and the footrest to fall off the motorcycle.

CONSEQUENCE: A footrest that falls off while the motorcycle is in motion may become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Piaggio will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the retaining rings on all four footrests. If any of the clips are found to be defective, the dealer will replace the retaining clips on all four footrest pins, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 26, 2019. Owners may contact Piaggio customer service at 1-212-380-4433. Piaggio’s number for this recall is PGJZZQ1905.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Manufacturer: Piaggio Group Americas. Inc. (Moto Guzzi)

SUMMARY: Piaggio Group Americas. Inc. (Piaggio) is recalling certain 2020 Moto Guzzi V 85 TT motorcycles. The final drive output seal may leak oil onto the rear tire.

CONSEQUENCE: An oil leak onto the rear tire may cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Piaggio will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the final drive transmission box for an oil leak and install an extra seal. If an oil leak is found, both seals and the gasket will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 26, 2019. Owners may contact Piaggio customer service at 1-212-380-4433. Piaggio’s number for this recall is PGJZZQ1904.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain 2019-2020 FLHTCUTG, and FLRT Trike motorcycles. The Trike Traction Control System software may respond incorrectly to a faulty rear wheel speed signal by activating one of the rear brakes.

CONSEQUENCE: Unintended activation of one rear brake could lead to an unexpected change in vehicle direction which may increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Harley-Davidson has notified owners, and dealers will update the traction control system software, free of charge. The recall began December 2, 2019. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0175.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Manufacturer: Arcimoto Inc

SUMMARY: Arcimoto Inc (Arcimoto) is recalling certain 2019 FUV motorcycles. A component of the display board may short circuit causing the communication and display circuit boards to shutdown.

CONSEQUENCE: If the communication or display board shuts down, the battery may shutdown causing a sudden loss of power and increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Arcimoto will notify owners, and dealers will trim the pins of the 5V regulator, and apply a layer of protective tape, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Arcimoto customer service at 1-541-683-6293.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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I am starting a new type of post to replace the “5 Things That Caught My Eye” articles. I am going to “Up Shift” and quickly discuss motorcycle news articles that I thought was cool or good and “Down Shift” on those that are not.  So bear with me as this post evolves over the next few months. Feel free to comment or even suggest news articles for discussion.

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n3Up Shift:  Guy Martin’s Great Escape – A LONG time ago an actor, considered a man’s man, and motorcycle advocate Steve McQueen was in a move called the Great Escape. He played a prisoner of war who attempts to escape into Switzerland by jumping German border fences on a motorcycle.

Guy Martin is attempting to do so in a recreation of that iconic motorcycle stunt He is using modern equipment and thus is trying to jump both fences where McQueen’s stuntman only did one. This article is from MotorBikeWriter which has a trailer for the stunt.

I like Guy and all the things he does for motorcycling but I have a bit of a problem with stunts like this.  It is not just Guy but, for example, folks recreating Evel Knievel failed jumps on modern motorcycle.  Is it really the same jump or stunt?

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n2Hitting Neutral:  Harley Davison making small motorcycles – Looks like Harley Davidson is going to be producing and selling small “350cc” motorcycle for Asia. They teamed with Chinese company Qianjiang, which owns the brand Benelli, to produce the new bike. It appears that the HD350 will be aimed at only China, India and Thailand.

I am neutral on this because Harley Davidson, while I think that this is needed to compete in Asia, the motorcycle they are basing this on is not well known. Will the Qianjiang/Benelli be of the expected Harley quality? How is it going to be priced? To many other questions to be anything but coasting in neutral.

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n4Down Shift:  BSA, Jawa and Yezdi are “product failures” – The CEO of Mahindra Anand Mahindra has recently said “We knew our dream well and we had the right things, but how to win is where we went wrong. We should have never gone to the commuter bike side.” So it is not me calling them failures.

Wow, for a CEO to call out a large section of his business like that is rare. But if you only sold 4000 motorcycle for all of fiscal year 2019 you should get called out. This is the company that bought the rights to the old BSA brand in 2017 and have done nothing with that brand.

Mr. Mahindra, pick one (BSA would be best), focus on building a good motorcycle aimed at the middle class. Build a “spec” racing series just for your news BSA bikes and tour the country, Thailand and Malaysia .   Then worry about getting Jawa and Yezdi out the door.  Just my 2 cents.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others. Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based in outside the USA use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer: Avon Cobra Motorcycle Tires

SUMMARY: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd. (Cooper Europe) is recalling certain Avon Cobra Chrome motorcycle tires, size 240/50R16, manufactured April 8, 2018 through June 1, 2019 (DOT date codes 1418-2119). The innerliner gauge may be too thin, possibly resulting in a rapid deflation of the tire.

CONSEQUENCE: Rapid tire deflation can reduce vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Cooper Europe will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall began November 18, 2019. Owners may contact Cooper Tire customer service at 1-800-854-6288 or email tyrerecall@coopertire.com. Cooper Tire’s number for this recall is 174.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Hypermotard 950 and Hypermotard 950 SP motorcycles. The negative terminal on the battery may break, potentially causing a sudden loss of power and an engine stall.

CONSEQUENCE: An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the routing of the negative cable, rerouting it as necessary. In addition, the battery will be better secured with insulation pads. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446. Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-19-003.

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Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Chief, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Springfield motorcycles. The gear position switch contacts may oxidize, causing the gear position display to inaccurately show that the motorcycle is in neutral when it is actually in gear.

CONSEQUENCE: If the transmission is not in neutral when the motorcycle is started, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Indian will notify owners, and as an interim repair, dealers will clean the gear position switch. The switch will be replaced, once parts are available, currently expected to be in the first few months of 2020. These repairs will be performed free of charge. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-19-03.

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Manufacturer: H&H Sports Protection (Helmets)

SUMMARY: H&H Sports Protection (H&H Sports) is recalling certain VCAN V531 motorcycle helmets in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL, sold exclusively through Amazon. The helmet retention system may fail, allowing the helmet to separate from the wearer’s head in the event of a crash. As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”

CONSEQUENCE: A helmet that doesn’t stay secured to the head can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

REMEDY: Amazon will notify the helmet purchasers and instruct them to return the helmets for a full refund. Owners may contact H&H Sports at 1-626-444-0107.

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Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling all Genuine Accessory Rear Carriers designed especially for 2019-2020 Monkey motorcycles. The rear carrier may fail when the carrying weight is below the stated limit.

CONSEQUENCE: An operator may unknowingly overload the rear carrier, which may cause the rear carrier to break and detach. If the rear carrier detaches while the vehicle is in motion, it can become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will uninstall the rear carrier and provide a refund. The recall is expected to begin December 16, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KK5.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others. Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based in Europe use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you. 

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Manufacturer: Honda American Honda Motor Co

SUMMARY: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019 CRF450L motorcycles. The horn mount may break, allowing the horn to detach from the motorcycle.

CONSEQUENCE: An unsecured horn may interfere with the motorcycle while driving, affecting handling and control, or it may fall off and become a road hazard. Either of these scenarios can increase the risk of a crash.  

REMEDY: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the horn and horn mount, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 2, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KK4.

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Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC 

SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2020 S 1000 RR motorcycles. The oil cooler hoses may not be attached properly to the oil pipes, possibly resulting in an oil leak.  

CONSEQUENCE: Leaking oil may drip in the path of the rear tire, increasing the risk of a crash.

 REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler assembly, including the hoses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 27, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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Manufacturer: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. 

SUMMARY: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Can-Am Ryker motorcycles. The wheel nuts may crack, causing the wheels to loosen.  

CONSEQUENCE: Loose wheels may cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.  

REMEDY: BRP will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheel nuts, free of charge. The recall began October 17, 2019. Owners may contact BRP customer service at 1-888-272-9222.

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Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC 

SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2017-2020 K 1600 GT and 2018-2020 K 1600 GTL and K 1600 B motorcycles. Certain transmission parts may not have been produced to the appropriate hardness level. This could affect the function of the transmission, possibly causing double engagement of two gears and/or the damage of transmission parts.  

CONSEQUENCE: Double gear engagement or transmission damage can cause the rear wheel to lock up, affecting the vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash.

 REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift forks, the selector sleeve of 5th/6th gear and the gear wheel of 6th gear, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk will be mailed November 8, 2019. A second letter will be sent once the remedy is available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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It is not very often that I have something nice to say about the state due north of my home. Heck, this is the state that taxed rainfall!  {{EDIT: not the state but the state government }}

BUT, I just learned (thank you AMA) that Maryland is undergoing a modernization of its road toll system, to be in place by 2020. As part of that plan motorcycle will be tolled at half the current cost. A 50% reduction for those of that ride!

Now this is not a done deal. The Maryland Transportation Authority board has a public comment period open through the 3rd of October. If you live and ride in Maryland you need to make your thoughts known by going to the Maryland Toll Modernization website and leave your comment. Unless you want to pay higher tolls, in that case please disregard the link above!

The board is scheduled to make final recommendations at the end of November, 2019.

I must also give credit to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Most politicians whine and state that this is going to cost the state $28 million dollars. The Governor stated that this was going to SAVE the citizens $28 million, that is the correct way to portray the effort.

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I ran across this list of dangerous states to ride motorcycles quite by accident. I was looking for something about riding in Virginia and up this popped on page 2 of the search results. The article was published in May 2019.

Interesting to say the least. Based on 2017 data QuoteWizard used the following methodology:

“We looked at 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fatality figures in each state and compared it with 2017 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) motorcycle registration data to find which states had the highest rate of fatalities per registered motorcycle. Below is a ranking of all 50 states, with 1 being the highest rate of fatalities and 50 being the lowest.”

Below are the 5 worst and 5 best states to ride motorcycles. You can find the entire list here!

5 Worst                                                 5 Best

Mississippi                                           Montana

Texas                                                 South Dakota

South Carolina                                     Alaska

Florida                                                New Hampshire

Arizona                                                Minnesota

The 5 best also look among the top coldest too…… humm

 

Ride on, Ride safe

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If you go to Sturges look up the Indian motorcycle with a sidecar BBQ grill built in. Read more here!

Stealing motorcycles from a blind man?!?  Read more here!

New Indian motorcycles and new Indian powerplant!  Read more here!

Monster Energy Supercross Cup.  3 tracks in one!?!  Read more here!

The man who killed 7 motorcyclist was high!  Read more here!

 

recall

For the first time since I have been doing the recall lists, there were no recalls! As of July 28 (I try to post recalls on the 28th of each month) everything is good!        But….

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others. Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based in Europe use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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I recently got to test ride a couple of Zero motorcycles. The Zero SR/F and the DSR. The Zero SR/F is their sport bike motorcycle and the DSR is more along the line of an adventure motorcycle.

Riding the SR/F first, I was impressed with the motorcycle! Fit and finish seemed spot on and the styling was better than many of the other sport bikes on the market, at least to my taste.

With torque rated at 140 and horsepower at 110 the SR/F is an awesome bike off the staring line…not that I tried anything like that.IMG_20190621_111105207_HDR

The route we took for the ride did not truly allow for an assessment of the motorcycles handling but swinging between potholes and road debris leads me to think that the SR/F might be a well handing machine. It comes with Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control and several modes of operation including “sport” which maximizes the performance of the motorcycle.

At 161 mile “city” range (200 with the “power tank”) and an optimal charge time of 80 minutes it seems right for the urban commuter. On my commute I would have grave range anxiety and there is no recharging station at work. It is something I would like to try although, a SR/F with saddle bags on my commute for a couple weeks would be intriguing.

On this limited test ride I give the $19K Zero SR/F motorcycle a BIG THUMBS UP!!! (can’t give it a start rating due to the limitations of the test ride)

The Zero DSR with torque rate at 116 and 70 HP rode quite comfortably on our potholed road test. I intentionally road across and trough the bumps to get a fell for the suspension of the motorcycle. I was pleasantly surprised, it is not a $20K BMW adventure bike but, it was a quite a smooth ride.

IMG_20190621_111209428_HDRThe DSR’s range is 163 city and 78 highway. Again, not something I would trust my commute on but for an afternoon of backroad travels, I would love to give it a try. Charging time for the DSR ranges from 2.5 to 12 hours depending on configuration and options.

I don’t feel I can give this motorcycle a thumbs up or down based on the limited test ride. It seems fun and agile, but I can’t tell for sure.

As a point of comparison…. I have, on one other occasion, got to test ride an electric motorcycle, the Harley Davidson Live Wire prototype. Of the two Zero bikes I rode the SR/F was the closest to the Live Wire.

The Harley Live Wire is a very cool motorcycle and the Zero SR/F is a very cool motorcycle. But at $9k price difference I would lean towards the SR/F.

Special THANK YOU to Motorcycles of Dulles for hosting this test ride!!!

Ride On, Ride Safe