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July 11th, 2016, 03:10 PM   #51
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Why doesnt your fat ass just get a trike
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July 11th, 2016, 03:43 PM   #52
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Get a second hand 1098.
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July 11th, 2016, 03:50 PM   #53
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Ducs are sexy but all my rider friends say this is the way to lose money for repairs.
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Ducs are sexy but all my rider friends say this is the way to lose money for repairs.
Yeah ... gotta admit .... I like getting them loaned .... but wouldnt really like to own one.

Personally Id like an RC8.
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July 11th, 2016, 04:15 PM   #55
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JP, I'd rent a bike to take to track. There are companies that do that.

As far as a sport bike, I'd get a used one where the owner might let you test ride. You can't test new bikes (at least I've never heard). They often have demo rides at bike shows or races, so I'd take advantage of a program like that. Or if you got good buddies with sport bikes, as them to let you try it.

You're a big dude so you'll need to think about comfort.

DRZ SM, fun factor. Not a freeway bike.
R6, GSXR600, ZX6, great everything, but perhaps not enuf power for guy like you.
749, 848, nice too look at, not enough power. Aggressive ergos but not bad.
748, 916, most beautiful bike ever. Awful to ride on civilian streets or highway. Stay away.
I've had a couple liter bikes, never liked any. But I'm half your size.
R6, GSXR600, best track bikes for me.
GSXR750, best all around bike I've ridden. Hard to find.

Stay on Jap bike. They're the only ones made for both track and civilians.

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July 11th, 2016, 06:05 PM   #56
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JP, I'd rent a bike to take to track. There are companies that do that.

As far as a sport bike, I'd get a used one where the owner might let you test ride. You can't test new bikes (at least I've never heard). They often have demo rides at bike shows or races, so I'd take advantage of a program like that. Or if you got good buddies with sport bikes, as them to let you try it.

You're a big dude so you'll need to think about comfort.

DRZ SM, fun factor. Not a freeway bike.
R6, GSXR600, ZX6, great everything, but perhaps not enuf power for guy like you.
749, 848, nice too look at, not enough power. Aggressive ergos but not bad.
748, 916, most beautiful bike ever. Awful to ride on civilian streets or highway. Stay away.
I've had a couple liter bikes, never liked any. But I'm half your size.
R6, GSXR600, best track bikes for me.
GSXR750, best all around bike I've ridden. Hard to find.

Stay on Jap bike. They're the only ones made for both track and civilians.

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Thanks for the feedback Jum.

Definitely true with the supersports. I tried to test ride one at a dealer last year and they wouldn't do it because they were claiming insurance didn't cover it. I get their concerns, at the same time, it's strange that I can go to the HD dealer and test ride any bike on their floor without issue. I think the naked sports or regular sports may be as far as you will get with test rides.

The liter bikes to me seem like a bit much for the road, though the larger size might be more conducive for my size. Why did you find the GSXR750 to be the best all around bike? I rarely see them on the road...its either 600 or 1000.
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Ducs are sexy but all my rider friends say this is the way to lose money for repairs.
A buddy of mine had a Ducati. He traded it in for a Triumph Speed Triple last year before he had to get the valve adjustment done. Said he liked the Ducati, but he said they suck money down once you can't do the maintenance or repairs.
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I'm also 6' 3" and I really like my ZX-14R. I usually get a new bike every year, but there's nothing out right now that I'd trade the 14R for.

I had a '14 ZX-10R and '14 Panigale 1199R. The Panigale was the worst bike for street riding I've ever owned. The ZX-10R was fun, but I found it very uncomfortable for street rides longer than an hour.

GSXR750 is awesome! Very easy to ride fast and they make good track bikes. I've owned 2 of them... but unfortunately for me my worst motorcycle crashes happened on my 750s.
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July 11th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #59
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If I were considering a sport bike as a Harley rider, what would you folks recommend? Only sport bike I've ever ridden was a Yamaha R6...acceleration was quite fun, but it takes no skill to accelerate. Didn't get enough time to play around with the cornering because the roads were mostly straight with slow 90 degree turns. Keep in mind I'd like to hit the track once at least just to see what it is like to ride in a closed environment without the BS of public roads. Keep in mind I'm 6'3/230.

Why look at a sports bike?

As some have said, many of the UJM type of machines today are more than adequate when punted on a good bit of twisty road and a damn site more comfortable when you want to just cruise and ride just to ride.

Now I am not in the US so the availability of the ones I mention may differ, but with your height, many of the pure sports bikes will be well out of the question as you will look like you are riding a damn 50cc pit bike so I would definitely suggest looking at the naked/sports tourer marker or even the ADV market.

Suggestions only here but .........

Hypermotard - awesome fun, and those I know that have them will say that keeping a licence if the area is over patrolled can be tough, but every time they ride it they get a huge buzz (and not just from engine vibrations)

Vstroms - big, comfortable and with decent tyres is more than capable in the twisties and will take you on that side track, all while keeping you comfortable. I have ridden a few oft he 1000 (own a 650) and will say now that the motor is sensational.

KTM - have a few in the range but not sure of reliability etc as I do hear some 'horror' stories but also know guys that have well in excess of 100k on theirs and also some who have raced them for a few years with no motor costs.

I am sure that in the US market there is a better selection than in Oz but with your height I would suggest looking at the likes of those mentioned as they will be comfortable and very capable of upsetting many a sportsbike if the mood takes
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July 11th, 2016, 08:16 PM   #60
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Had a R6 that I bought from a racing team that went broke before they could finish all the upgrades, and it made a great track bike - but for street or long rides, it just wasn't comfortable and I'm only 5ft 10 / 150 lbs. The DRZ is not long on horsepower but power to weight ratio is great and they're not expensive to soup up; surprisingly comfortable and pretty much bullet proof. Great as a street bike and a pisser for track days.

Never had a Gixxer but folks I know who have them rave about them.


KTM Hypermotards.... mechanical crapshoot. I think they'll last a while if you don't abuse them. Sure are purty too (well some are).


Good luck whatever you go with.

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