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YamaLink 02-14-2011 07:33 AM

Old guy may repeat mistake of owning liter sport bike
Younger and more flexibile without knowing the definition of cramping saw me being a sportbike wannabe streetracer. I didn't cross the line of leather jacket with a big number on the back or slapping a girl on the back with her tramp stamp and whale tail high in the air, but I was close to that poseur. Age and wisdom saw me on more upright rides like a Vmax or Street Triple.

So I don't know why a CBR1000RR or BMWS1000 are being tested today. Something in me forgets why a short uncomfortable high rpm repli racer is not my cup of tea. I think it's the power to weight ratio and me thinking a sub-2 hour ride wouldn't be that uncomfortable.

Not a track within 7 hours of home. But many dealers hawking these hyper powerful bikes to unknowing 20 somethings and guy much older who should know better.

LuciferMutt 02-14-2011 07:39 AM

Ya only live once. Do it.

If you're asking people to talk you out of it, you're in the wrong place :lol3

Do some core exercises to get your lower back, abs, etc in good shape so you aren't holding yourself up with your wrists and you'll be fine on them speed machines.

JSharp 02-14-2011 07:50 AM

I'm with DevilNinjaDog. How many more new bikes are you going to be able to own anyway? You can always buy something slower, heavier, and maybe more comfortable later when that's all you can ride.

There's a reason some people gravitate to sport bikes. Performance, handling, brakes, etc. Those things don't change for you just because you got old. I say this as someone who's well on his way to old.

Navin 02-14-2011 07:53 AM

You sound like you need a Super Duke test ride, uber cheap these days too.:wink:

Offblnz 02-14-2011 07:58 AM

How old are you? A friend of mine rides a GSX-R1000 K5 with no mods done to it and he rides quite a lot.....a lot! He can't stand upright riding position and neither can I BTW. Bolt upright like on a BMW kills my lower back....I'd rather kill my wrists:lol3

Edit: Jeeebus freaking Crowbars.....Seems like I've hit the old man wall too:gerg....forgot to say my friend is 64 years young:lol3

YamaLink 02-14-2011 08:31 AM

Tested one. Liked it but I purchased an 08 Speed Triple with Arrows for a great deal. Two years ago, about. May keep it.

Like the looks the uniqueness. It's been reliable (yes, a Triumph reliable). Sound. Ooohs and aaahs and I don't see one ten times a day.

But I miss that fear, the "whoa that was stupid" sensation. I'm responsible and knock on aluminum every day remember not to get to casual riding a weapon on the street. But admittedly I want to ride and be scared. Just sometimes, ha. Realized 99% of my rides are solo and under 2 hours. I've owned R1 and ZX9R before but the midrange lure of the CBR1000RR is attractive for the backroad twisties. And the marketing and 20+hp of the BMW are nice but I'd like to stay away from riding at 10,000 rpm all day long.


Originally Posted by Navin (Post 15186628)
You sound like you need a Super Duke test ride, uber cheap these days too.:wink:

Navin 02-14-2011 08:42 AM

What part of the world is it where you can flog a 1000 for more than a half of a single gear or for longer than 10 seconds??? :ear

RottenScummyTroll 02-14-2011 09:21 AM

2011 Ninja 1000? Allegedly has the midrange "whoa!!" that you're looking for, with good handling and relatively non-punishing to ride.

I don't own one, but it sounds like you might be the target demographic. :dunno

Velociraptor 02-14-2011 10:14 AM

Had a K5 GSXR-1000 which was great but sold it. Still have my RC51 which is increasingly old school. Did a test ride on a S1000rr and it was fantastic but would end up being too much like the K5 in the long run. Am currently thinking about a Duc 1198SP or the next version of that bike where they are going to ditch the trellis frame. I just love that v-twin sound and the 1198 makes pretty big hp too. Pricey though.

arshishb 02-14-2011 11:46 AM

You can get cheap CBR 929/954 all day for under $3500. Buy it, have fun & sell it when you are done. Pretty much indestructible bikes.

Ryno77 02-14-2011 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by Navin (Post 15186981)
What part of the world is it where you can flog a 1000 for more than a half of a single gear or for longer than 10 seconds??? :ear

Well there's plenty of - oh wait, you mean legally?

OLDschool1 02-14-2011 12:16 PM

Why not have two bikes. One for sport riding and one for cruising. That is how I solved my issue. :wink:

GB 02-14-2011 12:26 PM

As your only bike, this could turn into "what was I thinking" and you'll be posting in this thread :lol3

You need a long test ride.

oldxr 02-14-2011 01:06 PM

bikes are like tools in a tool box.different tools for different uses. if you need an adrenaline rush a 1000cc modern sport bike is the best tool.i own an old man's sport bike -yamaha fz1.would like to get a taller-more upright bike (multistrada,r1200gs)but cant afford it right now

NYP797 02-14-2011 01:49 PM

Another Oldie with Rocket Launch Fever
I'm 62, love my 07 HD 883R, my 01 Kawasaki W650, but winter, cabin fever, and the recent motorcycle show in NY has me conniving big time to buy the new CB1000R. Sat on it, like it's tech virtues, great fit and spare trim. It'd most likely be the last new rig for me, but hey, what's left anyway? Nothing like scratching
an itch.

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