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    Reliability and parts availability for the RSV4/Improvements to the 2012?

    So I went through a few of the older threads here with the comments and from reviews about the starter/battery quirks, heavy heat issues if the bike is not moving fairly quickly, comparative poor gas mileage, the noted tall gearing of 1st gear?

    1. Where/are there any known refinements to the 2012 RSV4R in light of the known issues or complaints?

    2. Is the replacement parts availability a real issue or has it improved?


    Thank you

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    yes matey, the 2012 had shortened gearing in 1-3 gears, updated software patches for hot running , thirst for fuel depends more on how you twist yer wrist and what mode you are in..mind you mines been in T mode since I bought it.
    Dont let these issues (moans) put you off an early model, Im certainly not bothered about upgrading even to the aprc model.
    Dont know about spares back up, I have never had to replace anything yet, shouldnt be a prob though imo
    Why dont you try a test ride dude? it will change everything lol
    cheers ck

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    Thanks Carbon. I have a 2012 Black R on the way

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    yee ha dude, you wont regret it!!!!

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    OK so yesterday was the day. The shipping company rolled it off the truck with 1 test mile on it. It was sunny and 48F degrees outside but that wasn't going to stop me from some first 2012 RSV4R goodness. I bundled up and took it for a couple of preliminary spins on the street. First off 1st gear does seem to be geared high. Because my best efforts at clutch release into 1st from a stop would boggle a little each time. Weird. The seat is fine for a 5' 11" guy and definitely not the brutal ass smasher reviewers lead you to believe. Riding position is fine. Not the "purposeful" unforgiving wrist and knee bender the magazines claimed. Power wise in comparison with my 'Busa: on a light low to midranged take off onto a freeway, equal in pull. I agree with reviewers, power seems linear. But way too soon for a legit judgement. Handling, oh yeah, telepathic compared to the Busa. And sound...sweet! I love my new RSV4

    To think I was eyeing the 2012 CBR. It was a consideration. But The RSV4R in stature is platitudes of sweetness.

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    glad yer happy dude, I also tried the CBR and was going to..until I ttried the v4, mental motor!!
    now all ya need is -1 on the front sprok..oh and a nice Akra
    ck

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    picces mate i have the 2011 r wat a machine ,let us know if you have heat probs when it gets warmer if your in the uk (just quik look at your post)

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