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Old 02-14-2011, 02:36 PM   #16
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Younger and more flexibile without knowing the definition of cramping saw me being a sportbike wannabe streetracer.
Same here. Report back after purchase completed.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:37 PM   #17
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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???
When riding I-17 up long stretches of curvy mountains in central and northern Arizona, I love the feeling of slightly twisting the throttle in sixth gear and "whooshing" from 80 mph to 120 mph in a matter of seconds.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:23 PM   #18
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If you buy used and smart, what do you have to lose? If it doesn't do it for you, just sell the thing.

I'm 44 and have never owned a full on sportbike. I have been toying with the idea of getting one before I'm too old to. The ZX-14, Hyabusa and K1200GT are calling me.......
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:30 PM   #19
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I say Go for it! I'm 59 and recently gave in to the siren call of another liter-class supersport, one I've admired from near and far for years - a BMW R1100S. Back issues compelled me to at least put bar backs on it, but otherwise I'm lovin' it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:40 PM   #20
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I say Go for it! I'm 59 and recently gave in to the siren call of another liter-class supersport, one I've admired from near and far for years - a BMW R1100S. Back issues compelled me to at least put bar backs on it, but otherwise I'm lovin' it.


Nice bike, but "liter-class supersport" it is not. Some of the bikes mentioned in this thread make almost twice the power of the 1100S which is more on par with a machine like the VFR800 or ST3. For something with nice midrange punch and a more comfortable riding position, I'm sure it's great though!
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:50 PM   #21
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I'm surprised my buddy Chris didn't submit to that regret thread. He told me tonight a new R1 came home a few years ago and he sold it after riding it around the block. Once.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:51 PM   #22
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Buy It !

I am fortunate and retired. I have 14 bikes. Half of the collection are Vintage Japanese and Italian, the other half are special use. One is a Moto Giro bike, my Connie goes to all points East from the left coast, the GPz750 does local errands, the RC51 runs with the Gxsr's and R-1's and the TransAlp is being readied for Alaska next year.

When my skills and talent go away, the performance bikes will move on. But not just yet, not now. The Lazy Boy recliner company be damned. I'm 62 and still ride every chance I get. Now go buy that CB1000R !
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:53 PM   #23
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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.
The same could be said about trophy wives.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:05 PM   #24
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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.
I recently got the bug for something more performance oriented and bought a Speed Triple....I'm I gonna want someting faster than that? I'm worried about my license now....(I'm a whippersnapper at 40......and a half!)
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:16 PM   #25
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The same could be said about trophy wives.
Absolutely. So what if you can't ride it as long as hard as when you were 25. It's still just as much fun.

I grew up riding sport bikes so I can sympathize with the OP. Enough that I'm probably going to sell my Concours and buy a Ninja 1000. The SX, not the R model. It should be comfortable enough for an old guy and still have all the good things going for it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:40 PM   #26
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You sound like you need a Super Duke test ride, uber cheap these days too.
Not to jack the thread, but what's "uber cheap" for a Super Duke these days? Cause I can't believe it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:57 PM   #27
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I've also been getting the itch for an all out sportbike. I've been riding an SV1000S, which most guys go and put a GSX-R front end on anyway... figure I might as just get the whole bike, rather than just go for the upgraded USD's, better brakes, etc. I'm wondering what a K6 750 would feel like compared with the SV. I've loved the new CBR1000RR since it came out, too, but it's been out of my price range. Anyways, I second the guys saying "go for it." A liter sportbike is never a rational decision. Just do it, ha. First time around couldn't have been too much of a "mistake" if you want to do it again, anyway.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:23 PM   #28
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I recently got the bug for something more performance oriented and bought a Speed Triple....I'm I gonna want someting faster than that? I'm worried about my license now....(I'm a whippersnapper at 40......and a half!)

I have a speed triple too......in a little while when it's paid off I'm also going the sportbike way again as a second bike....along the lines of a rc51/r6/gsxr750/zx10r/tl1000s/tl1000r/ducati 848


my speed triple is my sensible do everything bike
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:48 AM   #29
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You might break into the riding position a bit....

Two of the most uncomfortable bikes I've ridden are the Ducati 1098 and the Aprilia RSV.

The S10000RR is WAY more comfortable in comparison. After a week of commuting on the S1 I found myself getting used to the position and felt like my body was adjusting.

Week two I could handle a 4 hour ride, when initially, a half hour started to piss me off.

Now I wonder if I could get used to something as extreme as a 1098, I think probably.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:53 AM   #30
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Well there's plenty of - oh wait, you mean legally?

Just what I thought.
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