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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-13-2005, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Which trackbike to buy (slightly different)

The difference between me and most others is about 100lbs Do the track bike suggestions stay the same when the weight is a bigger difference? Everyone says "600 or SV650". But when that bike has a lot more dude to push around a track would a bigger rider be better off on a 636 or my current ride of the 750?
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I'd still say SV, cheaper to run(tires) and you're less likely to break the backend loose and highside.

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depends.. are you gonna race or just do track days? cause then you gotta look at what class you want to be in..

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I have weighed anywhere between 190 and 225 and raced an SV. I have seen bigger guys race them and do perfectly fine on them also.
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I'm between 230-280 pending on the weight training season. Just in looking over my track pics I'm wondering if it would be even harder for me or anyone else my size to move around on the bike.
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K3 is a pretty big guy and he races an SV. For racing, yes, I've talked to him and he's got outgunned on the main straight simply because he's got 50 or so pounds on most guys, and well over 100 on Ed Key (but even I've got 30 on Ed). But K3 also is a CR for STT and it serves him well for that. Mark (VTR996 on the board) is about 6 ft. 3 in and 250 or so and he rides a damn Honda Hawk.

go with what you think will be more fun for you. It's just that simple. A GSXR600 might be the best bet for you, they are a bit of a stretch to the bars for smaller folks which help the bigger guys be more comfortable.

In short, if you plan on doing just track days, an SV or 600 should work. In racing, 75% of the grid in Heavyweights (which is 750s) are actually 600s since Suzuki is the only manufacturer currently updating their 750s.

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I don't race but I do track days and run pretty well. I'm about 240 right now without gear, maybe 260 with and the SV does fine by me, it just needs suspension work done for your weight, but so does any other bike out there.

I'm not pulling literbikes on straights or anything, but I can hang with other SV's pretty well so far as just power and acceleration despite my weight disadvantage.

I think so far as actual racing goes, the weight would be a disadvantage just because they can pull a couple feet on you on acceleration but it's not a problem for track days.

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Why not bump it up to the SV1000S? There are new 2003s still all over the place that can be had for the cheap.

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Why not bump it up to the SV1000S? There are new 2003s still all over the place that can be had for the cheap.
Liter bikes go through tires like a toddler eating chili goes through diapers.

The 600s and SV650s have more parts available through both aftermarket and other racers (ebay, wera, ccs boards).

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Why not bump it up to the SV1000S? There are new 2003s still all over the place that can be had for the cheap.

Safety, big bore bigs break loose on turns=highside. Better to learn to carry corner speed. Weight wise, you're going to need suspension anyway, regardless of what you get.

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I figure I am pretty much the heaviest guy at any trackday I attend, and my advice is get the smallest bike you can ride COMFORTABLY! You will learn more, learn it faster, and have more fun on smaller bikes.
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The difference between me and most others is about 100lbs Do the track bike suggestions stay the same when the weight is a bigger difference? Everyone says "600 or SV650". But when that bike has a lot more dude to push around a track would a bigger rider be better off on a 636 or my current ride of the 750?
It's quite simple. You should ride what you want. Unless you have the skills to ride at such a pace that the bike becomes the limiting factor in your ability to get around a track.. pretty much any bike will do. Besides... you're not THAT big.
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