I have an 09 M90 with 9k miles on it. Couple of tasteful mods... 250 Dunny E3, chin spoiler, cobra dragsters, ATRE, led underglow, LED headlight, lowered and a few other things. It has been my first bike for 1.5 years and felt great until I just kinda outgrew it. Even with the ATRE and pipes, I want more power.
I sat on a 2013 M109r with 3300 miles on it this weekend ($6900). Had cobra swept exhaust, and a metzeler 280 on it. It was all black with chrome. They would not allow test ride for insurance purposes but I started it and it sounded great.
Financially, there is no reason not to do this. But I wanted to ask you guys about a few things first before pulling the trigger. My M90 has been super reliable, just requiring an oil change, and new back tire. Here are some questions:
1. I know the 9 is pretty bullet proof too compared to most bikes but I have heard about some transmission issues on the earlier models although I wasn't sure if that was resolved by 2013. How are the 2013's trans and clutch reliability??
2. Since I did not get to drive it, I don't know what the power difference is... Is it really that much more power than an M90 with ATRE?
3. Can I put the TRE on the 9? And if so, is it possible to have an ATRE/XTRE along with a power commander or is it a "one or the other" kind of thing?
4. The Metzeler 280 really didnt look so much bigger than my E3 250... Maybe because the rear of the 90 is smaller so it makes it pop more. I am very pleased with the performance of the E3, does the Metzeler 280 perform the same or better? And is it really 30mm bigger??
Any insight here would be greatly appreciated. In all honesty I love the M90. It looks and sounds great. Its the darker red color that matches perfectly with my car. Has all the looks I want. If I had to keep it, I would be content. Just would always have that curiosity about the extra power in the back of my mind. Let me know what you guys think.