I own an 803 and rented a 1000 in Italy for a week or so. Honestly, the 1000 didn't seem much different one way or another. The bikes are virtually the same spec (frame, suspension, tires, switchgear, brakes, etc.) and "feel" about the same to ride. The 1000 didn't seem much faster really, even though the 803 gives away almost 200cc. Have not ridden either one with a passenger so I can't speak to that but should be similar. Expect both to deliver about the same level of reliability and other than the cost of an extra set of spark plugs, maintenance costs should be similar as they're both 2 valve motors.I'm in the market for another monster and comparing advantages,disadvantages of s2r 800 and the 1000,reliability, performance with a passenger etc...I would appreciate any feedback... anyone with firsthand knowledge?
I don't think the 803 weighs significantly less than the 1000 as they're nearly identical in all respects except for displacement. If it were my choice, price might be the main consideration. I bought mine new when the price delta was about $1200.00 (US). I reasoned that I could get an aftermarket exhaust for that and still own a nice ride. Don't know if the delta is the same in the used market.Hi MDO!! Thanks for the response..There are some really clean looking bikes for sale now in both the s2r 803 and the 1000...and really not that much difference in price... I've come to enjoy the lighter bikes...so mabe I'll go with the 800... : )