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Old 09-25-2016, 01:43 AM   #1
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Whats my best bet?

Never been to the track but everything about it excites me. I came off a 2006 zx-10r, but i was only riding the street. my question is what bike would fit me best on the track? It might be all 1000cc but i found the zx10 rather slow in the corners. I was considering a 600cc but i am 5'11" and sometimes a little bulky in the legs so sitting on one is a little uncomfortable. What would fit me better a gsxr750 or last time i checked duccati made an 800?
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:24 PM   #2
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inline 600 is the best to learn on. When you get 5-6 seconds off the track record you'll be ready for a 1000. It's just to hard and dangerous to learn on a 1000 and you'll never get fast.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:08 PM   #3
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To start out, I'd recommend getting something that your comfortable on and not worry about power. Just go out there and learn how to take a turn. Buy something cheap that you can easily sell down the road without loosing tons of money on. Also, I'd go with something that doesn't eat up tires and other consumables. , an SV 650 or an 800 duc would be perfect IMO. The SV is a proven platform. Again, get something that you can easily move once you're ready to "upgrade".
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:07 AM   #4
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I agree, definitely nothing more than a 600.
I've got 2 track bikes for sale:
A well set up GSXR600 and a ZX6.
They're listed on our website with pics and specs.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:18 AM   #5
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Properly set up SV-650 track bike. Most can be had for $2500 bucks or less. Plenty of cheap parts and easy on tires. Plus it's always fun going around the track faster than the 600/1000's!
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:08 PM   #6
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I'm 6' 225 and currently ride an SV 650. It is set up for my fat a$$. Tried racing on 600s (First Honda F3, then GSXR600) and then had an '08 ZX6R, but I am most comfortable on my SV. I know it's slow, but for track days I have alot fun on it. No way in I would be competitive racing it, but it's really good learning tool and alot fun.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:16 PM   #7
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I agree with the 650 or at most a 600.

650 will be cheap on bike, parts, tires, easier to learn on.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:32 PM   #8
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The SV650 is underplayed by so many as a neutered or "beginner" bike. Having raced that platform for years, it's very likely one of the best bangs for the track day buck out there besides the baby Ninja (250 or 300).

I'm nowhere close to being a small guy and the grin factor as well as the absolute learning ability of the smaller bikes is beyond compare.

The true answer is that the "best" bike for "you" is the one you're most comfortable on. Get with some friends who have these various bikes and see if they'll let you test ride.

I really appreciate a nicely set up SV650. They handle great and likely won't spit you on your head too easily. A liter bike and 600 have a lot more potential to hurt you on the track.

ALL that said, just about any bike designed for the sport/ track use will be a ton of fun, especially if you're comfortable on it. Buying a used track bike from a credible source is ALWAYS better than converting a street bike to a track bike (unless you get a ridiculous deal on the street bike).

Check CMRARacing.com and the classifieds; there's always a great selection of bikes ready to go there.

Good luck and welcome to the addiction!
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Biased opinion here....

Like Tom said, a properly set up SV will give years of fun. I started on a 1500 bike with emulators in the front and an Ohlins in the rear. You can do an entire season on probably 3 rears and 1 front. My SV's have slowly become "more built", but I have never felt the need to move to a larger bike.

Much cooler to be a fast guy on a slow bike than the other way around.....
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Thanks for the feedback it seems alot of you are into the 650. I sat on the yamaha one once and wasnt that into it. what are they like in the powerband?
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:28 PM   #11
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SV 650 has pretty flat power band. Not much over 9500 rpm though. Also peak power is not that high. Very forgiving bike, but can still bite of you're not paying attention. Tops out under 120. I've ridden one since 2001 and it always puts smile on my face.
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Never been to the track but everything about it excites me. I came off a 2006 zx-10r, but i was only riding the street. my question is what bike would fit me best on the track? It might be all 1000cc but i found the zx10 rather slow in the corners. I was considering a 600cc but i am 5'11" and sometimes a little bulky in the legs so sitting on one is a little uncomfortable. What would fit me better a gsxr750 or last time i checked duccati made an 800?

600s haven't been physically smaller than 1000s in about 10 years. How long have you been out of this game!?
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Thanks for the feedback it seems alot of you are into the 650. I sat on the yamaha one once and wasnt that into it. what are they like in the powerband?
Most modern bikes don't have a "power band" like you may be imagining. With fuel injection the curve is usually very linear. If you're riding correctly, the engine RPM will be within the middle to top of the power delivery and you won't feel a surge or rush of power.

Regarding the SV, it's an incredibly linear power. Like most twins, it's more torque feel than horsepower.

The new Yamaha is really cool- and the "kits" being sold to convert it to track is a really popular thing coming along now. The guys who own them so far love them.

Again though- HIGHLY recommend getting a used track-ready bike. Converting a bike from street to track is always more expensive than getting a track ready bike.
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:51 PM   #14
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I agree with better to be fast on a small bike. I am not a know it all but most track day riders in L1 and L2 would be better off with a smaller bike and learn how to handle it under all situations. They will happen. Learn skills such as braking, acceleration, body position instead of just hanging on thanking you made it back to the pits in one piece. I am riding with Nate Keran group at the Double R Festival at COTA the end of the month with my 500. I am really looking forward to this track weekend more than any other due to all the liter bikes I will be with to test my knowledge. Riding L2.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:58 AM   #15
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I got my 2003 SV650 as my first dedicated track bike and absolutely love it. It's not the fastest thing in the world, but it's a great tool to learn on and a blast to ride.
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