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Old 08-12-2008, 07:48 AM   #1
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First Track Bike?

Well I have searched back 10 pages of threads to see if this has been posted before, and I did not find anything.

What would be a good first track bike? I have heard SV650 and not a 600 class because it is way over populated, but I wanted to get others opinions.

I would like to get a bike to be able to learn on and then maybe compete in a noobs race or something similar if my skills progress enough.

I currently ride a 07 R1 on the street and I have been riding for over 5 years. I am 6'1" and approximately 250 lbs ( cheeseburgers) so I will not have a problem fitting 99% of the bikes out there.

Let me know if you need any additional information and thank you in advance.
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Never heard much bad stuff bout SV650's and I know alot of people that rock them.
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I am a Yammie fan. Does Yamaha make a bike comparable to the SV650? FZ6?
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07yzf600r

Nice bike...blends has one...not as aggressive as a SS.
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Stick with a 600. The SV is a great bike, but I'd go with the 600
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Stick with a 600. The SV is a great bike, but I'd go with the 600
Yep.....see go buy an R6...and when Racer X at you tell him Tim-eh said you could get one.
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i do want a six... it's a toss up though. track my bike when i can and get a cruiser or just get a faster bike for the track. I have a feeling though i'll be going w/ a cruiser so i can get a taste of both worlds.
the 650R is a great track bike! get a cruiser
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i do want a six... it's a toss up though. track my bike when i can and get a cruiser or just get a faster bike for the track. I have a feeling though i'll be going w/ a cruiser so i can get a taste of both worlds.
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Thank you for all the input.

I know for sure I do not want to start tracking my R1 all the time. I would cry if I wrecked her.
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Best bang for the buck- used track bike. There are always good bikes for sale that have suspension goodies and race bodywork for good prices.

There are enough racers on this bbs too that if you find one you like, we can help you find out about it and will likely know the owner and condition of the bike too!

SV 650 is a fantastic platform for track days and racing. A skillful rider can smoke plenty of 600's and 1000's on an SV- just ask a bunch of folks who were passed by the #30 SV yesterday at TWS (Texas World Speedway)!
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I am a Yammie fan. Does Yamaha make a bike comparable to the SV650? FZ6?
I ride my R6 on the track and ride my FZ6 to and from work. I have ridden the FZ6 on a few track days but because of the setup, it is not that great. Good for the commute, but, not the track. Just my .02.
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Get the supersport 600, stock suspension alone will be enough for you to learn. However on the sv, you might have to upgrade the suspension to have that SS handling.
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I am leaning towards the R6 from ya'lls suggestions.
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Get the supersport 600, stock suspension alone will be enough for you to learn. However on the sv, you might have to upgrade the suspension to have that SS handling.
Not entirely true actually. The stock SV suspension is just fine, especially for a "noob". When pace picks up, springs and emulators on that bike will make it handle every bit as good as any of the 600s. Just ask Eric Falt. Probably the fastest guy I know on an SV, and he runs the stock forks on his SV, and throws down 52's at TWS (Texas World Speedway) too.

Again, if you're looking for a good track bike, SVs are the cheapest and most economical bike on the track, bar none. Tires are cheaper and they don't wear nearly as fast as they do on a 600, the engines are pretty much bullet proof, and parts from other bikes are pretty much a direct bolt on (like bolting on a GSXR front end with cartridge forks).

The only downfall of the SV is that it makes ~70hp. A fact that damages your ego on the straights, but makes up for it in the corners when all those i-4 guys park it!

Don't forget too, used track bike. Otherwise, you'll spend a ton of money mod'ing a bike only to lose all that money when you sell it. Buy the used track bike and all that money is spent and lost before it gets to you That goes for whatever bike you decide on.
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Like the SV650 for sale at http://www.motorcycles-unlimited.com/ ?
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Like the SV650 for sale at http://www.motorcycles-unlimited.com/ ?
I know that bike, and yeah, that bike is a bad . You will school some if not most 600s with that engine, plus the suspension is top-notch, built by Motorcycles Unlimited!

That bike is the real deal, to be sure.
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That SV at Motorcycles Unlimited is a really good deal and a good bike. I know it has been very well taken care of as well.

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I'm with Tom on this one the sv is a fantastic track bike to get your skills up. Plenty of parts available for next to nothing if you search. As mentioned they are easy on tires which I was was the same with 600's but I can't as mine eats tires like nothing.

If you are stuck on a six I have one in the FS section fyi.(I'd add a link but I'm typing on my crackberry)
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