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Old 08-15-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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I want a cheap "screaming meemie"

I'd like a street bike that's cheap as hell, used or well-used, that would put a smile on my face when accelerating from 0 to 60. I don't intend to race and I don't intend to haul ass much past the speed limit. I just want the excitement of that fast acceleration on occasion.
So, what am I looking for? I'm 6'2", 195 lbs.
Any suggestions?
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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A 1 litre sport bike. Go as old a year as one can afford.

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:18 PM   #3
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bandit 1200

0-60 is all torque

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Old 08-15-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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Agree with the Bandit; either the 1200 or the newer 1250. A great street motor. If you really want to feel the torque, go down a tooth on the countershaft sprocket.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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Agreed, the bandit 1200 is easily the most powerful bike you can get for super cheap, usually for less than $2000. And in good condition too!
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:59 AM   #6
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i like my bike, the FZ6. yes i sound like a fanboy in every thread like this, but its the only bike i have ever rode so can only tell you it screams, and its a meemie

but seriously it is cheap and fast and a street bike. not a liter bike or the fastest bike but i am an inch taller and 25 pounds heavier than you and it fits me great. for a "street bike" the FZ6 will put a huge smile on a face. you mention 0-60. company claims 3.5 seconds and 0-100 in 7.8. if that is fast enough? i would say its about right if a tad optimistic in real world conditions. but it is not a liter bike, of course

anyway it feels very much a street bike because of its riding position and wide tank and handlebars. i never think i am on a sport bike until i open it up. but it does feel sporty to ride as you shift a good deal. it is not a torquey bike if that is what you like. but if you want 4/5 the character of a supersport when you ask it to be and a comfortable bike to ride the rest of the time, you could do worse

prices tend from $2500 - $3500 in the private seller market for '05 to '09 models, if that is cheap enough. i like to recommend the '07 to '09 models as the bike was upgraded

so if a 600cc real deal screamer is ok, that is the choice of this fanboy. its got the "0-60" down pretty well

and this video gets interesting at the 7:40 mark. you can see the bike go from 45mph to 75mph in second gear, pretty quickly. but then the rider just holds it in 3nd, riding at around 7500-8000rpm down the highway. at that rpm it is ready to pounce, and very smooth. guy is riding it weird though because it was brand new and breakin' in


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Old 08-16-2014, 03:46 AM   #7
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+1 on the 1200/1250 Bandits. A hell of a ride for the money.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:06 AM   #8
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The only problem with the bandit 1200 is going to be keeping your license out of trouble. A bike with that much power is going to turn you into a speed demon whether you want to or not. Yes it'll accelerate from 0-60 like being shot out of a cannon, but liter bikes also accelerate way past the speed limit without you even realizing it's happening. My experience came with an RC51. I was doing 73 and I just gave the throttle a twist and I was doing 108. It doesn't feel like that tho, it only feels like going from 60 to 70. Something to be aware of

If you can find a cheap supermoto or some other kind of 600cc-ish thumper, that might be more up your alley because they don't have the top end to get you into as much trouble top-speed-wise and still have tons of torque to make you grin when you pin it
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:34 AM   #9
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no multis

you want to do 0-60 quick. you couldn't get a multi outta 2nd gear.
get a small to mid-sized twin with stroke over bore.
or a big bore thumper
so what
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:42 AM   #10
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Get a used Triumph Speed Triple. I have a 98 that I bought new and I still love. I am the older guy @ 60 with the youngsters that I ride with. Will hang with the Sportsbikes and can ride all day. Changed sprockets for more drive off corners - added Traxxion A-20's & Penske shock - Corbin seat. Bike is center of attention in group rides and a definite Torque Monster!

I have 4 bikes - have spent less money and had less problems with the Speed 3 than 2 BMW's and an HD RKC.

Good Luck

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Old 08-16-2014, 07:26 AM   #11
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I have a bandit 1200s and I absolutely love it I would recommend it to anyone all day
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:30 AM   #12
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This is you !
Hit up e-bay for a 600 Kaw or yam motor,the forks of your choice,and get your frame from BadAss Industries in Colorado.
Roll your own and put a pie plate sprocket on the back. You might not be able to go faster than 60 with it ,but, you can do it with style !
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:39 AM   #13
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I'm guessing that a used ZX-11 will cost less than home brewing anything. And once that tach hits 7, hold on. An old V-Max or V-65 might do the same for even less coin.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:03 AM   #14
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I had a 1200 Bandit and definitely recommend one. There are a bunch of cheap ones out there.

I also recommend a Buell as well. The are perfect for what you mentioned. They have a great motor for 0-60 riding, with tons of torque down low. My XB12S runs out of puff at 85-90 and doesn't pull hard above that. It'll still keep going, but is pass its power band. You can find them cheap and they are pretty easy to maintain.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:26 PM   #15
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Probably not what you meant, but you did say "screaming meemie".....

Seller removed info, but looks like its still available

Not cheap, but definitely a screaming something.

Suzy SV650 would be good too. Liter bikes are a rush, but if you just run it up to 60 for a quick rush, you'll never get out of first.

I actually had a blast using a Suzuki GS500 pretty much as you describe. Not fast, but it was fun to wind it out and listen to it wail and back off at 70 or 80. It felt faster than it was. Loads of fun mostly within the speed limit. Cheap too.
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