Been doing track days for about four years on my 748 and most recently on my 749. I have it up for sale to buy a bike that I can service locally and may get along better on it ergonomically. Been checking out 2003 and up Yamaha R6's or newer Triumph 675s.
Anyway, my budget is around $5k, and I came across a salvage titled 2004 Yamaha R1, with only fairing damage that is below my price ceiling. As it will have a set of track bodywork thrown on it, I dont care about the cosmetic damage. Frame is straight.
Anyway, in discussions with buds, they all say since I am still learning (arent we all?) and I am an intermediate class track day rider, that I should stay with smaller bikes to learn better and easier. I do have track and racing experience in Formula racing cars, so the bigger hp is not a problem. I know not to whack the throttle open mid corner......
Also, some were saying this specific bike had poor front end feel.
I love the newer R1's. I love the looks, I love the twin under seat pipes.......
Hi, and welcome to the club.
i to have been doing track days for over 4 years myself, and have been an advanced rider with NESBA for over 2 years.
here are my tips and suggestions.
if you have been riding a 749 duc, and want to go into an inline 4, the next step higher in power would be something like a GSXR750 which will surely feel like a liter bike to you.
just about any midwest track EXCEPT road America any 600cc or 750cc for that matter will do JUST FINE. a liter bike will be for short of a better term a POINT & SHOOT bike. 1 of which will be added cost to your hobby for tires alone!
a liter bike is NOT a must around here as seldom does a 750 get maximized HPR to track ratio.
keep doing your track days, keep learning, keep having fun.
if the best deal you can get is a R1 and you want it? then go for it. but this will pose more of an issue of controlling IT then it is you advancing on it with the ability to wrench it out.
its not just about NOT whacking the throttle on the straight, on the entry, mid or exit. its about finesse and its about feel. once you get that down controlling anything with plenty of seat time will become easier. then you graduate into riding the edge of traction and constantly breaking it and how to control it. a liter bike can FAR easier break traction and you trying to control it. a liter bike for anyone can be a hand full, but CAN be done with plenty of seat time, ALONG with learning and experience behind you.
good luck, and ask away if you need any further info.
there is a a dozen advanced riders on this board, there is only a hand full of control riders for nesba on these board, and there is a couple AMA racers on this board.
when they reply you'll see there advanced advise or them presenting who they are.
ride safe, ride smart