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Old 04-30-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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Track bike suggestions

Looking for a rather cheap track bike ($2-5,000). I don't want to take my r1 out because it's a little too much power for a first time track go'er. Can anyone make any recommendations?
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Looking for a rather cheap track bike ($2-5,000). I don't want to take my r1 out because it's a little too much power for a first time track go'er. Can anyone make any recommendations?
you already own one....keep the R1 for street and trackout the R6.

R6 is about the the best there is for trackbikes.
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R6 is about the the best there is for trackbikes.
Truth. Very tight center of gravity makes it easy to turn in. Lots of aftermarket for these as well. Enough power to keep up, but not enough down low to slip out the rear all the time.

I DO NOT particularly recommend an R6 for a streetbike though, because the riding position is wildly uncomfortable on long trips. Ask me how I know...

Pretty sure there is video of me coming back from a ride, and it looks like I'm dancing, but really I was just trying to stretch out.
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a very popular track bike, the SV is.
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Don't know why Suzuki did away with the SV, as popular as they were - and still are - with new riders and "trackies". That was my first choice when I was looking for a cheap track bunny a while back.

Even more puzzling is why they re-designed the SV successor the way they did and gave it an obscure name like Gladius. Kawasaki didn't do much better with their ER6N - questionable aesthetics, & weird name. At least Kawi had the good sense to keep the faired version traditionally-styled and recognizably named Ninja 650.

Any of the 600 supersports would be fine if you are a noob trackie like me. I doubt I'll out-ride any 600 SS made in the last decade, or even appreciate the finer points of suspension tuning enough to need upgrades, for quite a long while to come.

Crash parts are all over fleabay, and you are gonna need them sooner or later.
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Don't know why Suzuki did away with the SV, as popular as they were - and still are - with new riders and "trackies". That was my first choice when I was looking for a cheap track bunny a while back.

Even more puzzling is why they re-designed the SV successor the way they did and gave it an obscure name like Gladius. Kawasaki didn't do much better with their ER6N - questionable aesthetics, & weird name. At least Kawi had the good sense to keep the faired version traditionally-styled and recognizably named Ninja 650.

Any of the 600 supersports would be fine if you are a noob trackie like me. I doubt I'll out-ride any 600 SS made in the last decade, or even appreciate the finer points of suspension tuning enough to need upgrades, for quite a long while to come.

Crash parts are all over fleabay, and you are gonna need them sooner or later.

I don't always ride the track but when I do, I prefer an SV
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