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Old 01-07-2009, 10:08 AM   #21
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For a commuter bike, why would anybody ride a GSXR, CBR, or R1? Definitely better choices for commuting.
I totally agree. I have an 06 FZ6 with 36000 miles on it that i commute on and I love it. You have a FZ6 too, why give up the comfortable ride of it for the ride of any of those you are considering? Just a thought.
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get a super duke, like maxgs said, why get any of those for just commuting. Now if your mind is still set to any of those get the new R1, sounds awesome plus for the type of riding you will be doing and maintenance, any of them will be ok.
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What is your primary function of the bike and what other plans do you have for it....?

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I've sat on an 08 R1, and an 08 CBR. Haven't sat on a Gixxer yet. I guess I should have mentioned that I won't be getting a 2009 - I'll stick to the 08's so I can have the bargaining room.

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If you shop around, you can get an 09 for maybe $200 more than an 08. That's a no brain-er if you are willing to travel...

ALL are great bikes, I would get the one that FITS you the best and you feel the most comfortable on. I haven't ridden one of the new GSXR1K's but loved my CBR and R1 that I had. I would recommend any of the three...
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The 1000 cc engine will give you more versatility, and make it easier to scoot out of sticky situations quicker than on a smaller machine, without having to downshift a few times. My biggest about a 600 or smaller was having to rev the snot out of it to stay where you had any real power.

I absolutely love my 06, and put 22,000 miles on my 05 Gixxer 1K in 18 months. It is comfy, has a short reach to the bars, and I can flatfoot the bike with BOTH feet. It wouldn’t be my 1st choice for a commuter bike though. However, out of the three you listed, I’d go with the Gixxer.
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I'm not trying to "look" like anything, I just like nice equipment. Why buy a 52" LCD when a smaller size will do the same job?

Regarding the Kawi suggestion - I've always heard they have headshake probs?

i'm a huge honda fan and i love the way the new cbr1000 look.. yamahas are also great bikes.. since you said your more of a commutor, ergonomics and fit i would think are a big consideration.. make sure you sit on all the bikes. Hondas and yamahas generally have the highest re-sale value.. and good choice staying away from the buell. ..My buddy complains of headshake on his kawi.. it's also a few years old though. i havn't ridden one personally though..

i suggest ride honda though
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Britt, you are welcome to come ride my 07'R1 if it will help you make a decision. I enjoy it, but I'm sure the others in this list are excellent as well. I do like the slipper clutch for trackwork, and the variable velocity stacks along with other Patrick-related goodies make this much more of a tracktool than I am capable of pushing to the edge.
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he asked a specific question & doesn't care about outside the box.

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Britt, you are welcome to come ride my 07'R1 if it will help you make a decision. I enjoy it, but I'm sure the others in this list are excellent as well. I do like the slipper clutch for trackwork, and the variable velocity stacks along with other Patrick-related goodies make this much more of a tracktool than I am capable of pushing to the edge.
Man! I appreciate the offer! I can't get any of the dealerships to let me test ride, ( except for Buell, but that option is out ).

I'll holler at you, maybe Saturday afternoon.

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Whats wrong with buell? imo a buell or something with that type of geometry is alot better for commuting. I commuted on my 1000 RR for a while and in traffic it sucks. The way you sit on any sportbike is not good for commuting. A cross would be better. Busas are really comfortable. just my .02
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the fz1 is near the top of my list for next bike, not only for the comfort aspect, but also the insurance is about 1/2 that of an r1.

and i figure for the difference in price (of the ones i'm looking at) i might as get a slightly used fz1 and mod it to my tastes.

but the CBR for sexiness...
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As far as I know, these are big commuter bikes.
I tried commuting on a 600 and life can be a lot easier in my opinion.

I'm not a fan of the SB's but if I had to pick one, it would either be the 1125R or the GSX-R1000.
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I have an '08 gsxr 1k and I like it. I've had an '08 R1 and an '06 CBR 1K in my garage while we were all performing routine maintenance. Both the R1 and CBR are a pain in the to work with in comparison to the gsxr. Taking the plastics on and off appeared to be the equivalent of working on a chinese puzzle, while you can removed the plastics on a gixxer with 4 screws per side.

I was also surprised to find that the R1 and CBR didn't have adjustable rear sets. That fine tuning is nice to have, although now I'm running vortex. The only area where the gsxr isn't up to snuff is the front master cylinder. While fine for the street, I think it leaves something to be desired for the track. The R1 with the stock brembo mc has a great feel.
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The 09 R1 has adjustable rearsets. It is supposed to finally have some low end power now, which will come in useful for street riding. I would not recommend an 08 or lower R1 because all of the power is way up high in the rev's and is better suited for track.

I am not sure about the plastics on the new R1, but mine are very easy to remove and put on. All of the screws come stock 1/4 turn. I can change my spark plugs by removing 2 screws.

The CBR plastics, and working on the CBR's in general, seems to be more of a pain in the to me. You can even crack the plastics by over tightening the screws because the plastics screw together.

If you are going to go all out and not do track days, have you considered a busa or zx14? They are pretty comfortable bikes. They are a bit heavy so I am not sure about commuting with them. Maybe some of the owners can chime in.
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he asked a specific question & doesn't care about outside the box.

he wasn't looking at 750s so your reply is not helpful in anyway, shape, or form.
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come on man, you're like the black guy in a room with 5 white guys interviewing for a job before the EEOC. you already know you're gonna get singled out.
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Some of the replies on this thread are just dumb.


Just man up and buy which ever 1000 you like the best when you sit on it.....They all haul , they all handle well and they all stop well. Get which one you are the most comfortable on and the one you like the looks of the best. Some do have better power bands then others but coming from R6, even the weak low end on a R1 will feel like a monster truck to you.

Also consider buying out of state, it will save you a ton of money. Local dealers are crooks. Check the dealers in Missouri, they often have killer deals on Zukes and Yamis.
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Some of the replies on this thread are just dumb.


Just man up and buy which ever 1000 you like the best when you sit on it.....They all haul , they all handle well and they all stop well. Get which one you are the most comfortable on and the one you like the looks of the best. Some do have better power bands then others but coming from R6, even the weak low end on a R1 will feel like a monster truck to you.

Also consider buying out of state, it will save you a ton of money. Local dealers are crooks. Check the dealers in Missouri, they often have killer deals on Zukes and Yamis.
thats some of the best advice i've seen on this thread, most ppl have already said go with whats more comfy for YOU, what looks and feels the best to YOU but also looking out of state, even i ran across the border to Louisiana and saved over 2,000 bucks for the EXACT same bike
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Just man up and buy which ever 1000 you like the best when you sit on it.....They all haul , they all handle well and they all stop well. Get which one you are the most comfortable on and the one you like the looks of the best. Some do have better power bands then others but coming from R6, even the weak low end on a R1 will feel like a monster truck to you.

Also consider buying out of state, it will save you a ton of money. Local dealers are crooks. Check the dealers in Missouri, they often have killer deals on Zukes and Yamis.
Wow, I hadn't even considered that. Why is Texas higher than other states?


I really do appreciate everyone's input.

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Wow, I hadn't even considered that. Why is Texas higher than other states?


I really do appreciate everyone's input.

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I don't know....they just seem to discount more then other dealers here. Most dealers here sell for MSRP or right under it. Get a Cycle Trader mag, then look at the color, 1 pg adds, usually those are various dealers in Tx, sometimes you can find some good deals there. I can't remember the name of the dealer in Missouri, maybe it was Mississippi, my buddy has bought 2 bikes from the same dealer. You still pay for the dealer prep, then when you get to Texas, you have to pay the TTL. You still come out quite a bit cheaper, even paying for the gas to go get it. My buddy bought an 04 R1 from them new back then and it was $9100 with the dealer prep and ext warranty included....came back to Tx and paid the TTL which was like $850. He got out for $10k OTD. At the time, MSRP was like $11,299 + TTL here....

Just shop around is all I'm saying...most of the dealers here are selling at MSRP but you can get cheaper.
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