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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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track bike thoughts?

I'm once again considering a track bike (good rumors about a bonus) so I've questions.

1)What would you recommend? Stick with 600SS bikes or similarly powered. I know the advantages of an SV650 but I want the familiarity of a sportbike (if that makes sense)

2) I'm considering the R6. I ride a GSXR but my wife (who will be riding it also) has a hard time reaching around the gas tank on my Gixxer (boobs must be bigger than arms ) If I do go with the R6 is there a certain year they made big improvements or certain years to avoid?

3)Should I completely track prep it (bodywork, no lights,etc.) or should I keep it streetable and just track prep with tape and pulling fuses like I do on my bike?
NOTE my wife claims she doesn't want to ride on the street but I'm betting she change her mind with a bike in the garage. She's decided to get 2-piece instead of 1-piece leathers so I think she's already considering it.

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Stick with a 600SS if you know and like the way the powerband is. R6's are common and previous generation ones are really starting to go down in price.

Whether to fully track prep or not is a tough decision. I was seriously considering it, may do it, but right now I'm looking at not doing that to the SV. I don't use it on the track more than a couple times a month and I like to ride it on the street. My advice is to find a decent streetable R6 and get a set of sharkskinz for it. How difficult is it to remove the fairings and put sharkskinz on? Anyone? Never done that before.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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My concern with race bodywork is the lack of lighting, etc. If my wife decided to ride on the street it would probably be a spur of the moment thing and I wouldn't be able to switch back and forth quickly.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2004, 07:05 PM
 
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buy one with a salvage title... that just has minly body, firling and subframe damage... you're goingot crash it eventually anyway. Leave it uninsured and unregistered and for track use only. But race plastics, better brakes pads, SS lines, clip-ons, rear sets, safety wire it up and you're ready to race. Figure $1000 in plastics and parts to convert a 600SS for track us. Then consider $500 for revavling the front fork. and eventually $800 for a rear shock.

You should be able to find a salvage title R6 with under 10k miles for $3000. THis is what I would do if I ever wanted a trakc bike. For now if I do any track days, I'll just od NESBA and tape up my street bike and only ride it up to 90% of my limits for that extra margin of error... but fast enouhg for some real fun.
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