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Horsepower/Tourque 12 9.76%
Handleing/Fun Factor 46 37.40%
Looks/Paint/Style 16 13.01%
Comfort/Rideability 24 19.51%
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Main Reason you ride what you ride.

What reason or reasons did you pick the bike you ride? I know there are many different things to consider. But what was the soul reason why you picked that bike you ride? Did you buy it because its the biggest/fastest/most HP bike out there? Did you buy it for Handleing/Fun Factor. Did you buy it for the looks? Did you buy it for comfort/Rideability, for the long haul.

Lets keep this strictly for street bikes. No dirt bikes/track bikes. We know the answer to those.

If other please explain.

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#1 reason for me....ergonomics.

Closely followed by poser points for the stickers.

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As some may know, I sold my TL1000R and picked up the Busa a few months back - The net net of it is that I wanted to try my hand at sport touring - I have tracked it with my old SV's, ripped the streets with many bikes but never had a big comfy ST style bike

Enter, the 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa

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As some may know, I sold my TL1000R and picked up the Busa a few months back - The net net of it is that I wanted to try my hand at sport touring - I have tracked it with my old SV's, ripped the streets with many bikes but never had a big comfy ST style bike

Enter, the 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa

YEA RITE!!! And my big comfy sport tour machine will do 220 MPH!!!

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YEA RITE!!! And my bike comfy sport tour machine will do 220 MPH!!!
Well, I did take the restrictor plate off the Red Dragon but lets keep that on the down low, its not exactly street legal - Hey Mike

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Fun Factor....period...let's not bs eachother, power is definately a factor, but if it ain't fun all the time, i don't want to own it...it's the primary reason i switched to the Z from the 1000RR...the RR was an absolute blast most of the time, but sometimes i just wanted off...

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Well, I did take the restrictor plate off the Red Dragon but lets keep that on the down low, its not exactly street legal - Hey Mike
Just do yourself and all your friends and family a big favor. Don't shut the throttle off abruptly down in the mountains when your fully leaned over going down the dragon.

Careful down there man. Fucking place is dangerous as hell.

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i want to choose all.
Can I go back and change one of the options to all of the above?

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Well, I did take the restrictor plate off the Red Dragon but lets keep that on the down low, its not exactly street legal - Hey Mike
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But, it hadn't been redesigned for 4 years since 1998 and it is carbeurated (sp?). Didn't like the look of the 2002 R1 or Gixxer, so settled on the 954.
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The 954 was my first bike. I choose it for looks and reliability. I had no other experience with motorcycles, so had no other reasons to base a decision on.

I wanted to get the ZX-7R. I wanted that bike so bad! For some reason, that bike epitomizes to me what a sportbike should look like. It has muscle meaning it has a muscular build with lots of fairing and back end.

But, it hadn't been redesigned for 4 years since 1998 and it is carbeurated (sp?). Didn't like the look of the 2002 R1 or Gixxer, so settled on the 954.

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i chose "other"

since being a newbie to riding, i wanted something nice and easy to learn on... and something small for a midget sized person. the ex250 was perfect for me, at least for now.

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The 954 was my first bike. I choose it for looks and reliability. I had no other experience with motorcycles, so had no other reasons to base a decision on.

I wanted to get the ZX-7R. I wanted that bike so bad! For some reason, that bike epitomizes to me what a sportbike should look like. It has muscle meaning it has a muscular build with lots of fairing and back end.
I wanted the 7 too, a green 99 zx7r was the first sportbike I ever sat on. I want to eventually get a basketcase 7r and put a 9r motor in it.
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I wanted the 7 too, a green 99 zx7r was the first sportbike I ever sat on. I want to eventually get a basketcase 7r and put a 9r motor in it.
easier fit on the 93-95 zx7. I too would like to do this.

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Didn't Eric Bostrom Ride a ZX7 in Superbike like 3 years ago? It was bored out to 800 CC?

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Didn't Eric Bostrom Ride a ZX7 in Superbike like 3 years ago? It was bored out to 800 CC?
I can't remember who, but somebody rode the Muzzy Raptor for a few races...
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I chose the bikes that I have because one was easy to learn on and I could touch the ground. It was also all set up for my weight when I did take it to the track. It was a smokin deal with leathers and all kinds of spare parts to boot. I couldn't pass it up.
I bought the TL to help someone out and ended up in love with it. I wasn't even old enough to have a liscence when I bought it. (17) I have fallin in love with the power and the sound. The only downfall is height. I have a problem with it almost everywhere.
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I bought my bike because it was pretty.

I think all sportbikes are plastic ugly action-figure looking toys.

If it weren't for the 03 R6's red-and-black flame job look, I would have never been attracted to sportbikes. I'd still be chromin' it on a Harley.

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