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View Poll Results: Which Track Bike... of these 3?
Suzuki SV650 16 55.17%
Yahama FZR400 6 20.69%
Honda F2 CBR600 7 24.14%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2004, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Which bike?

Suzuki SV650
Yamaha FZR400
Honda F2 CBR600

I'm debating about which bike to try to get. I intend to mainly use it on the track, but if I find one with a clear title, I'll probably modify it to use it on the street as well...

My dilemmas...
I'm looking to spend less than $2000...

With the SV650, it will have to have a salvage title to find one cheap enough - meaning a bit of damage to work with. But it will be the newest bike of the 3, with plenty of parts available. Itís also in the lightweight class - where I want to be.

With the FZR400, it is old. It will be a lot cheaper initially that the SV650, but parts will be hard to find... Itís also in the lightweight class - where I want to be.

With the F2, it is old. Lots of cheap F2s out there and lots of parts out there with this one, but itís not a lightweight...? Its a little faster than where I want to be... @ 100HP, but a heavier bike. But then should a guy weighing 220 really consider lightweight... or should I...?

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My roommate just bought a 2003 SV with some body work damage for $3000 and a clean title. He's going to use it as a street bike, but until he gets a licence I keep telling him it's my track bike Deals are out there you just have to look. Talk to Grasshopper I know he's got a line on a 1st gen SV for little money (it would be a salvage title though).

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SV are in high demand! The SV would be the best but I don't think you'll find one for under $2000. The F2 is a great track bike but if your thinking of racing it wouldn't be competetive in middleweight races. However, F2 dominate Thunderbike!!!

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F2 all day. You can find clean ones for that 2 grand range. There are still tons of parts and extras available. It's a Honda. They don't break. If you do you use on the street you'll be glad it is not a 400 (sorry Sticky). SV is a great bike too! So is the 400 but it is old tech and getting harder to find clean used parts and if you do ever want to street ride it. Forget it.

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A nice clean 400 would be sweet. Something with super clean street parts, and all the race goodies you could want. The problem is finding one that hasn't been beat to hell... now where could you find such a thing? Hmm... wait! I know! Sticky has one!!

Seriously though, if I had the means I'd take a real serious look at his fizzer. Great little bike to get started on, and a surprisingly big aftermarket following.

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F2 all day. You can find clean ones for that 2 grand range. There are still tons of parts and extras available. It's a Honda. They don't break. If you do you use on the street you'll be glad it is not a 400 (sorry Sticky). SV is a great bike too! So is the 400 but it is old tech and getting harder to find clean used parts and if you do ever want to street ride it. Forget it.
True but I wouldn't jump into racing in the middleweight class. An SV is probably his best bet but he seemed to be looking to save some $$ and have a clean title.

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are you thinking about Tony's F2???

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Seems people rave about the SV and all the potential you can get out of those...I voted for that one.

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F2 all day. You can find clean ones for that 2 grand range. There are still tons of parts and extras available. It's a Honda. They don't break. If you do you use on the street you'll be glad it is not a 400 (sorry Sticky). SV is a great bike too! So is the 400 but it is old tech and getting harder to find clean used parts and if you do ever want to street ride it. Forget it.
That's exactly why I like them, but I'm worried about going too fast too soon. I rode this summer on the 64 horse Ducati 750 Sport. I wanted to go faster (in the straights), but I know I'll be fearful of controlling the throttle through the turns...

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A nice clean 400 would be sweet. Something with super clean street parts, and all the race goodies you could want. The problem is finding one that hasn't been beat to hell... now where could you find such a thing? Hmm... wait! I know! Sticky has one!!
I may have to take a look at it if more guys keep raving this much on it. What deters me is the lower HP than what I'm used to...




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True but I wouldn't jump into racing in the middleweight class. An SV is probably his best bet but he seemed to be looking to save some $$ and have a clean title.
SO then the choice of the 400 or the SV.

Clean title would be nice for the street, so I could get more riding experience... but not necessary - especially if I pick up an SV...



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are you thinking about Tony's F2???
Nope. There are just a few on Ebay right now in my price range...

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You could always buy my ZX 750.....sure it's a little bigger and heavier.....but for $1800, you get a clean titled street bike that you really wouldn't mind dropping on the track. And it has plenty more balls than a 750 Ducati! Check out my ad.
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I'm watching this SV on ebay...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWA%3AIT

My concers are with



With the rear being so out of alignment...
what are the odds of the frame itself being bent?

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It's probably just the sub-frame, but with that kind of damage it would be a good idea to have 4&6 take a look(computrack). Who knows about the front end. Since it's a street bike figure spending about another $1K-2K or so for race track stuff(suspension, clip-ons and such).

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+1 to that. The stocker springs (esp the fronts) on the SV are ga'bage. Riding around on Bottcher's is like an exercise in nose diving. The rear will get you through some track time though. Mine was stock as long as I had it.

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