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View Results: name that tune
Honda CBR 19 26.03%
Yamaha R1 17 23.29%
Suzuki GSXR 21 28.77%
Kawasaki ZX 16 21.92%
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:02 PM   #1
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Best liter sport-bike 2006 - 2012

I think the time has arrived to sell the Monster and SV650. I will be replacing them with a track-day capable sport-bike most likely in the 1000cc category. I'm thinking cross-plane R1 because they sound great. MAX out of pocket for this adventure in mid-life crisis is $10,000.00, that will probably limit me to the big four.
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:48 PM   #2
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I would be tempted by the 2012 zx10 as well, withthe big hp and the electronic goodies If gyou can get one in the right price..

They are all stupidly fast bikes that handle phenomenally so maybe the r1 if it gets you wetttest
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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I'd go GSX 750. 600 class size & weight & near liter sized horsepower.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:37 AM   #4
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I just sold my 2011 BMW S1000RR with 7000 miles for $10,000 so don't count out the best.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:51 AM   #5
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Kawasaki for obvious reasons.

Also I would recommend an "older" ZX10. Purchase that for 4500 then spend another 2-3 on suspension and other goodies (bodywork, case covers etc). That way you still have a couple grand left for tires. Your going to need a good budget for tires. Plan on setting aside some cash as well incase you throw it to the moon.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:15 AM   #6
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It is said that the 05 - 06 GSXR 1000 was the best liter bike made. The last of the long stroke motors that made strong low end power & a stonking mid range. Run a gear higher & you will still come out on top. Excellent out of the box platform to do anything you want on it. Put risers, cushy seat & lower pegs & go long distance. Strip it off its street parts & go racing. Tonnes of after market parts to do whatever you want on it. Suzuki won the AMA SBK championship both years & the WSBK in 05 on it. Plenty of WERA & CCS championships & race wins have been done on this bike.

Does it make as much power as today's liter bikes? No. But what it offers is an excellent chassis married to an even excellent motor. Very easy to do anything on.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:18 AM   #7
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Without opening the thread my first thought was K6 GSXR

Though I'd still take the 750 from that time frame as well - just a timeless package IMO.

I know where there is a pristine, stock, 98 R1 if you'd be interested in a true future classic.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:31 AM   #8
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I liked my '09 R1 on the track but it wasn't love. Suspension was a bit soft, as was the top end. The growl was awesome. It worked well on the street, but those cans under the tail put out some insane heat. Now I've got an RSV4, which does everything well. Good power, quick handles, all the electronic toys. And, it sounds as good as that cross-plane.
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:22 AM   #9
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There are only 2.

04' & '05 ZX-10R
05' & '06 GSXR1000

Use the money you save to make them better than any stock bike could ever be.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:26 AM   #10
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I vote - none of the above.

You left out to many other bikes that should be included in that poll.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:29 AM   #11
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OP - can you clarify your definition of track day bike? If the bike will be mostly a street-ridden bike with a few track days a year, get a used S1000RR. If it will be seeing a lot of track time, or especially if it's a dedicated track bike, I would do what some others have said and get something for $5-6K and use the extra money for tires, suspension, etc.

I will wait to vote until you answer
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:36 PM   #12
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If you're actually going to do lots of track days, get an R6 and throw some money at it. Very few people are actually faster with a 1000 on track, and you'll just annoy people if you throw down the anchor in the corners and then squid ahead on the straights.

Alternatively, if you want a liter bike for the street and a couple track days, like others have said, you could probably score a used S1000RR or RSV4 for $10k. If you insist on the big four, I'd go 2011+ ZX-10R.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:45 PM   #13
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Or better yet get a low use racebike ridden by a novie or amature. Stupid cheap what you can get them for and they're fully race prepped with all the good shit.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:32 PM   #14
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It is said that the 05 - 06 GSXR 1000 was the best liter bike made. The last of the long stroke motors that made strong low end power & a stonking mid range. Run a gear higher & you will still come out on top. Excellent out of the box platform to do anything you want on it. Put risers, cushy seat & lower pegs & go long distance. Strip it off its street parts & go racing. Tonnes of after market parts to do whatever you want on it. Suzuki won the AMA SBK championship both years & the WSBK in 05 on it. Plenty of WERA & CCS championships & race wins have been done on this bike.

Does it make as much power as today's liter bikes? No. But what it offers is an excellent chassis married to an even excellent motor. Very easy to do anything on.
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There are only 2.

04' & '05 ZX-10R
05' & '06 GSXR1000

Use the money you save to make them better than any stock bike could ever be.
I have heard the crossplane R1 and it is an amazing sound...but what is said about the underseat pipes is true, they will cook you. So therefore I have to vote older. The 05-06 GSXR is Legen-----Dary if you must have a liter bike.

That being said if you want a kick ass track bike that will that will make you a better rider at those track days instead of just hauling ass down the front straight take a look at a GSXR 450 http://feelthetrack.com/gsxr-450/ , Modified SV650 or even a Ninja 300. I've had Much more fun on a small bike going flat out than trying not to lowside my liter bike.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #15
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Hard to beat the Honda for the real world and even for the track for all but the top 1% of riders in the world.
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