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After lowsiding my beloved Monster this weekend, I decided it is not a good trackbike, parts too low to the ground for one thing.
I would appreciate any opinions/suggestions/experiences, good or bad. Plan to buy a track only bike, not dual purpose.Thanks!
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SV650, you will still have that low end grunt and I have heard many say that the 650 can hang with any Monster up to the 900's. Of course the Monsters have better brakes and suspension but the SV is a fraction of the cost new.

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If you like your monster's power delivery, pick up a prepped SV650. There's a couple for sale around, check out svrider.com and racemotorcycles.com . Bone stock ones are another option, but if you weigh much more than 100 lbs, plan on close to a grand for suspension upgrades. Also since you are dragging hard parts, you will probably need rearsets (also, start getting off the bike).

If you like inline four power, you have LOTS of options. Previous generation (hell, even two gens back) make good track bikes. There's several of those for sale in this forum as well as the other mentioned ones (and NESBA.com). But keep it at 600cc, anything more than that could be difficult to learn on. Several people have used bigger bikes only to sell/trade them for 600s.

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SV650, you will still have that low end grunt and I have heard many say that the 650 can hang with any Monster up to the 900's. Of course the Monsters have better brakes and suspension but the SV is a fraction of the cost new.

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You should be able to find a track prepped one with decent suspension, the brakes will be fine once you have stainless lines and good pads.

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Personally, I don't like twins, but the SV is a very popular choise. FZR400, if you can find one, is the best track bike around. I love my CBR-600F3 that I picked up for $2500--fully prepped. GSXR is arguably the best choise out of the box.

My siggestion is to look for a fully prepped bike. It'll cost you more to convert a street bike then to get one thats already done.

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Personally, I don't like twins, but the SV is a very popular choise. FZR400, if you can find one, is the best track bike around. I love my CBR-600F3 that I picked up for $2500--fully prepped. GSXR is arguably the best choise out of the box.

My siggestion is to look for a fully prepped bike. It'll cost you more to convert a street bike then to get one thats already done.
Prepped FZRs can go for quite a bit, and most have been modified to the point of being unreliable. While it may cost more to buy a street bike, odds are it wasn't beat on quite as much as a prepped bike. After selling the street plastics it probably won't cost nearly as much as you think. I know a guy selling a prepped F2 for about $2K with spares. But so do about 5 others.

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Here's a linky .. Its actually local

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My bike is SuperSport legal.

Exhaust, jetting, Fox twin clicker, .90 weight straight rate fork springs.

No boring or head work.

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This one is also actually sold according to the second page. Sticky's is around though (and cheaper!).

Very cool bikes. I'd imagine you'd learn a helluva lot running that for a season or two. There was one out at BHF running the NESBA day this past weekend.

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FZR400 is a cool bike. It also comes with an aluminum frame unlike the FZR600.
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My bike is SuperSport legal.

Exhaust, jetting, Fox twin clicker, .90 weight straight rate fork springs.

No boring or head work.
nice. Unfortunately CCS doesn't have Ultralightweight supersport anymore (I'd get a bike for that) All the CCS UL bikes have various head, bores, cams, carb work done to push them up to 85-95 hp.

In short, pick the one you like, but try to stay away from super engine worked bikes. That is true for street bikes as well. You never know who did the work. Even if a great mechanic/shop did the work, it doesn't really matter if the work was done 3 years ago.

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This one is also actually sold according to the second page. Sticky's is around though (and cheaper!).

Sorry, didn't see that.
Really, there is no better track bike then FZR400. I looked, but couldn't find one at the time...

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Correct me if I am wrong, but this is going to be a track day rather then a competition racebike, so it really doesn't matter that class it'd belong to.

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I haven't gotten around to posting the details but I might consider parting with the gsxr 600 in my avitar, PM me if you are interested.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but this is going to be a track day rather then a competition racebike, so it really doesn't matter that class it'd belong to.

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SV650 to keep with the theme you are used too, or an CBR600F2, F3, F4 can find them around for under 3000.00

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Correct me if I am wrong, but this is going to be a track day rather then a competition racebike, so it really doesn't matter that class it'd belong to.
that how people get themselves in trouble.. assuming its a race against others
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Have to agree here.....

An SV is neat with a bunch of prep.

Any recent 600 is a good bet .... faster and closer to race spec.
The Kawi 636 and the GSXR750 both excellent choices as well.

Avoid the 1000's .... they make learning to go fast *very* difficult.

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+1 Blarney

SV's are cool, but require more prep work/aftermarkt/ read that as more stuff to go wrong.

Any 600 will do, and will require less messin with! Plus powertrain is a bit more bullet proof to track punishment.
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fully race prepped SV, $5K obo

that's the easiest way to go

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How about a brand new Ducati 999R...I think that would make a good track bike. Plus they are just damn sexy...go for it. I think they are reletively cheap...only around $35K.
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