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Old 03-16-2008, 02:01 AM   #1
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Default Seeking Advice on Sportbike Selection

Hello Guys,

Hope all is well in your world.

I normally ride a VTX 1300 cruiser. I rented a CBR 600 RR last weekend and I have been bitten by the streetbike bug. I am looking to pick up a short ride, hobby bike.

I am 6'2, 200 lbs, and not real flexible. I have no streetbke experience to speak of, I am interested in a used 2005 or 2006 liter bike. Any recommendations on which bike would be best for someone in my shoes?

Any input would be greatly apprecitiated.

Thank you in advance for any time devoted to this matter.

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Old 03-16-2008, 05:34 AM   #2
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"Any recommendations on which bike would be best for someone in my shoes?"

Here is my recommendation: " "
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:20 AM   #3
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If you are not flexible, a full-on sportbike will NOT be a good choice for you, even for short rides. They are designed to fit small people best. You could consider a less-extreme bike that would have better ergonomics (that is, not so cramped), which would have the same (or even better) usable performance as long as you're not an expert rider on a race track. Look at a Yamaha FZ-1, for example, or a Triumph Speed Triple. Fast, good manners, room for a bigger guy.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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If you are not flexible, a full-on sportbike will NOT be a good choice for you, even for short rides. They are designed to fit small people best. You could consider a less-extreme bike that would have better ergonomics (that is, not so cramped), which would have the same (or even better) usable performance as long as you're not an expert rider on a race track. Look at a Yamaha FZ-1, for example, or a Triumph Speed Triple. Fast, good manners, room for a bigger guy.
+1 on the S3 or FZ1 or you can find Kaw ZRX1200s. Any of these will fit you and more than fulfill the need for speed.
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Good suggestion. What about Suzukis? Any analogues there? (I don't think Honda has one currently.)
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Bandit. Cheap and effective.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:54 AM   #7
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Bandit. Cheap and effective.
And rare as Hen's teeth, if you want the "old ones". Sorta like a HawkGT (only not as much character).
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Depends on how aggressive you want to be. A mid 90s Kawi ZX9 might be the trick and you should be able to find good examples for $3500 or so. Honda 919- Great ride cheap to maintain and insure. Something with character- 90-92 Yam FJ1200 or 88-92 BMW K100rs- both under $3500 for good examples. The new Suz Bandit 1250s is great but used ones are reliable as h3ll.
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Where in the US can you RENT a CBR600RR?

Just curious.
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And rare as Hen's teeth, if you want the "old ones". Sorta like a HawkGT (only not as much character).
They aren't that rare here. They are on craigslist every week. Not hard to find a pretty cherry example with few miles.
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