Old guy may repeat mistake of owning liter sport bike

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by YamaLink, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. YamaLink

    YamaLink Been here awhile

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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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  2. Exracer

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    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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  3. sportmotogear

    sportmotogear Mr. Fancy Pants

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    The same could be said about trophy wives. :D
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  4. scooterjunkie

    scooterjunkie Been here awhile

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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!)
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  5. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    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. :D

    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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  6. RC.

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    Not to jack the thread, but what's "uber cheap" for a Super Duke these days? Cause I can't believe it. :deal
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  7. RC.

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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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  8. xshanex

    xshanex Been here awhile

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    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 :wink:
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  9. Mr.Goose

    Mr.Goose Velvet Steamroller

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    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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  10. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Just what I thought.
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  11. YamaLink

    YamaLink Been here awhile

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    No, it's a great all-around bike. The Arrow ti slipons weigh quite a bit less and I like the looks, and I've geared it down a bit for more snap. It's got a lot of torque, soul and good front brakes. I also upgraded the fork springs to Race Tech for my weight (170 pounds) and that transformed the front end.

    Strangers have stopped their cars and gotten out to take pictures of the odd and cool S3. I think it's a somewhat rough and gruff old fashioned bike wrapped in current year styling. I only paid $8900 brand new out the door with the Arrows so dollar per performance it's great.

    I just want more unsensible narrow minded stupidity. Maybe I'll get a 2011 WRX 5 door and mod the heck outta it and keep the S3 as my solo street bike.

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  12. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    Still crazy memories of my K5 GSXR-1000 which would go over 90 in 1st gear!
    My RC51 is a baby in comparison. Also despite the talk of low end grunt with the v-twins, the GSXR engine was easier on the track because I had another 3000 rpm to play with so less shifting.
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  13. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Last time I started to really wind up my SD an alarm bell went off in my head. Backed out of it quick, rounded a turn at a little over 60 in a 55 and there was a state trooper.
    He didn't even look at me going:evil 5 over, but would of at 55 over :evil

    Still don't know why my spidey sense was working so well that day, but I'm glad it was.
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  14. vernon dent

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    bro,
    i'm 55 years old. have owned beau coup jap liter bikes. a couple of years ago i owned a bandit 1200, a zrx1100 and a zrx1200. wanted to like them, but just not cutting edge performance wise. i don't rail corners anymore but i want a bike that takes my breath away when i pin the throttle. almost bought a mint low mileage vmax too, but its performance seems a little soft nowdays. those bikes didn't do it. last december i got a smokin' deal on this bike with 5,000 miles on it.
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    not an uber sport bike but petrifying performance. the few short rides i've been able to take during this shitty winter make me think i'm happy with my choice.
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  15. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    I'm betting my dealer will let their white 08 new leftover doorstop go for under $10k. Used they have been selling in the $7k range with low miles and some with Akras. For a $14k bike thats pretty cheap IMO! :eek1
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  16. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    +1

    Thrills without the pills. Have a it.

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  17. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Mine was $7500 for an 07 with not many miles. Has Akras, remap, a few other goodies and I got a new set of 2CTs installed as part of the deal.

    Was owned by a fellow inmate who took VERY good care of it.
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  18. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    If the money were there, the bike would be in my garage already.
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  19. capriccio

    capriccio Long timer

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    Its good that you still got the fire burning strong. If you can't rent one, buy it and get yourself the biggest tank bag you can find than stuff it with memory foam, add more foam on top of it if needed and covered it to look stylish, anchored it well and you good to go, don't fall asleep now and the ABS and Traction Control will help get you home.
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  20. sweeney todd

    sweeney todd Adventurer

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    Like a lot of folk in here I lust after many types of bike and have owned a few.

    Dropped bars and my preferred long two up trips was getting a bit old tho'.

    I'm inbetween with the Busa. 30 kees heavier than a supersport but tons lighter than 'touring' alternatives. I banged a set of LSL yokes on, added a renthal bar that gives me a 'flat' riding position and, several years later I'm still happy with it.

    So much so that despite my lust for many other types of bike I get on the old girl, polish of a long tour and put my chequebook away again.

    By all means go for the sportsbike but if it gives the old bod some jip consider higher bars and you'll have a light bike with excellent performance and loads of luggage options for a more than reasonable price.

    Fortunately my knees are good so I've remained extremely comfortable on my present setup and my hips do prefer a 'rearset' riding position rather than having to haul 'em up parallel with the ground.

    Doing some relatively minor mods has done nothing to put me of supersports bikes indeed I'd love a Gixxer 1K to add to the stable:evil
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